SEC Opens Applications for 2023-2024 Next Generation Security Leader Scholarship

February 9, 2023 – The Security Executive Council (SEC) has opened applications for its annual scholarship program, offering up to $7,500 to qualifying students enrolled in specific academic programs of study in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The SEC launched the scholarship program in 2022 to encourage and support next-generation leaders at its partner academic institutions, which are recognized for excellent programs in security, risk, and intelligence. Each $2,500 Next Generation Security Leader Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student enrolled in one of the following academic programs:

  • Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business’ Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Information Security and Assurance
  • University of South Carolina – Darla Moore College of Business’ Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Insurance
  • Mercyhurst University’s Bachelor of Science in Data Science, Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies or Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security

Scholarship awards will be made in accordance with the universities’ criteria and SEC input regarding security leadership potential. The SEC Scholarship Committee is made up of SEC staff, successful former security executives, and current security practitioners from well-known corporations, as well as university faculty.

Applications must be completed by March 10, 2023.

Interested students: download the pdf with application instructions.


“We are very appreciative and grateful for the SEC's support of our students,” stated Robin Cheramie, Ph.D., Dean of the Coles College of Business and Professor of Management. “Many thanks to the generosity of the SEC for recognizing the high performance of our students in business security and risk management."

“The Moore School is very appreciative of the contributions that the SEC has made to our risk management program over the past decade. We greatly appreciate their contributions and generosity,” said Greg Niehaus, Professor of Insurance and Finance at the University of South Carolina.

“We are once again honored by SEC’s continued support of Mercyhurst University and the field of intelligence studies,” said John Olszowka, Ph.D., Dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University. “Their commitment in helping to grow the field of intelligence education is noteworthy, bringing with it the potential to open up exciting opportunities for our students.”

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