Alan Paller Memorial 

Cyber Talent

Emergency Fund

We know financial emergencies happen. This fund provides agile financial support for women students pursuing cybersecurity careers who are experiencing urgent, short-term financial barriers to success.

Alan Paller Memorial cyber talent Emergency Fund

WiCyS is proud to partner with the Last Mile Education Fund to offer the WiCyS Alan Paller Memorial Cyber Talent Emergency Fund, a critical intervention to help students bound for careers in cybersecurity overcome financial obstacles to their progress and success.  

We honor Alan Paller, founder of SANS Technical Institute, through this fund to pay it forward to the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Since the beginning of WiCyS, Alan championed women in cybersecurity by making strong contributions to the community with his commitment to building a stronger, more diverse cybersecurity workforce. 

The WiCyS Alan Paller Memorial Fund Cyber Talent Emergency Fund provides agile financial support for female students pursuing cybersecurity careers who are experiencing urgent, short-term financial barriers to success.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND TIMELINE

The Cyber Talent Emergency Fund awards rapid response mini-grants to women pursuing careers in cybersecurity at institutions in the U.S. through the Last Mile Education Fund with support from Women in CyberSecurity. To be eligible, applicants must meet the criteria outlined below and applications will be accepted until available funds have been exhausted.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Identify as a woman or non-binary individual 
  2. Demonstrate low-income status, ineligibility for US Federal student aid, or evidence of need
  3. Currently enrolled in a cybersecurity related degree at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or graduate institution of higher education in the U.S. Eligible degrees will be outlined in the application.
  4. If undergraduates, students must be within 4 semesters of degree completion (Juniors and Seniors).
  5. Currently located in the United States
  6. Experiencing a time-sensitive financial need that is a threat to your continued progress as a cybersecurity student.

View the Press Release HERE