SIA announces RISE Scholarship winners

Thursday, January 9, 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected five recipients for the 2020 SIA RISE Scholarship, a program offered through SIA’s RISE community of young security professionals that supports the education and career development goals of young industry talent.

Through this scholarship program — open to SIA student members and RISE members who are employees at SIA member companies — each awardee will receive a $3,000 scholarship to use toward continuing education and professional development courses, SIA program offerings and/or other academic or education programs. Scholarship funds can be used to expand knowledge in the areas of business, human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, security engineering and/or risk management.

“SIA is proud to help foster the careers of young talent in the security industry through the SIA RISE community and scholarship,” said Don Erickson, CEO of SIA. “This year’s scholarship honorees are an impressive group of dedicated, accomplished young professionals that represent the next generation of security leaders, and I look forward to supporting their professional growth and celebrating their many successes ahead.”

The winners for the 2020 SIA RISE Scholarship are:
•    Dr. Hanna Farah, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Feenics
•    Kyle Gansemer, Systems Designer, VTI Security
•    Suzanne Holmberg, Data & Analytics Manager – EMEIA & APAC, Allegion
•    Nelson Jenkins, Mechanical Engineer, Allegion
•    Jessica Sargo, Channel Marketing Manager, Brivo

Click here for more about each of the winners.

In addition to awarding the RISE Scholarship, SIA’s RISE community fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry through fun, in-person networking events held during top trade shows and in major cities across the country; thought leadership opportunities; career growth webinars on topics of interest; career tracks at ISC West and East each year; and the AcceleRISE conference for tomorrow’s security leaders, featuring top-quality idea sharing, coaching, business skills development, networking and inspiration.

SIA RISE is open to all young security professionals employed at SIA member companies who are under 40 and/or have been in the security for less than two years.