Applications are now open for the $10,000 Snort scholarship. We encourage everyone eligible to apply here. We will be accepting applications through May 3.
After that, our hand-picked panel will review the submissions and select two students to receive a $10,000 award each.
For more detailed instructions on applying, check out the video below.
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have or be eligible to receive your high school diploma or an equivalent in 2023 as of the date Cisco receives your application. Each applicant must provide reasonable evidence to Cisco that you are seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cybersecurity or a similarly related field of study from a school located in the U.S. or a U.S. territory.
To apply for the scholarship, you must answer a series of short essay questions, which will be the main basis for how we select the winners.
The selection process is different from years past. Our panel will review all submissions and score the responses on the following 15-point scale:
- Originality (Score 1-5): Points will be assigned based on the assessment of original, fresh thoughts and concepts including anecdotes or examples of how security or a related field has shaped the personal and/or professional life of the applicant.
- Knowledge of Snort (Score 1-5): Points will be assigned on how well the applicant understands Snort and its use.
- Overall Submission Quality (Score 1-5): Points will be assigned on the overall quality of the submission. Factors include, but are not limited to, perceived effort and sincerity level.
The panel of judges will score each submission, and then we will select a winner based on the top cumulative score. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the winner based on their responses’ originality.
We hope these applications will introduce aspiring researchers and IT professionals to Cisco’s job pool and establish early communication between applicants and potential future job opportunities.