Optiv’s Black Employee Network Scholarship

🏆 Available:
💰 $10,000
⏳ 01/08

Scholarship Description

At Optiv, we’re more than just the cyber advisory and solutions leader. At our core, we are a company that believes in the power of diversity and inclusion. From our employees to the communities where we live and serve, it’s what makes us who we are. We believe that’s what makes you, too.
This scholarship is sponsored by Optiv’s Black Employee Network (BEN), an employee-driven initiative that is a part of Optiv’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program. This group reflects our ongoing commitment to embrace diverse perspectives and inclusive conversations. BEN creates a safe place for Black employees to create connections, grow personally and professionally, and cultivate opportunities in the cybersecurity field.
It is our hope that this scholarship will help Black/African American students pursue their dream of higher education and a career in the cybersecurity field.
Scholarship amount: $40,000 over four years

In order to apply for this scholarship, the candidate must:

    • Be a graduating high school senior.
    • Be able to verify acceptance into an eligible degree program (including but not limited to computer science, electrical engineering, math, etc.).
    • Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Maintain a cumulative undergrad GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale to remain eligible for the scholarship over the course of four years.
    • Be planning a career in cybersecurity/information security.
    • Complete the scholarship application and include a one-page essay and two letters of reference.
    • Identify as Black and/or African American (African, African American, Caribbean, for example) and be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.5 Minimum GPA
  • Must currently be in high school
  • Type of institution award is open to: two-year college
  • Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
  • Must be Black, non-Hispanic
  • Award is available to U.S. citizens

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Essay required
  • Recommendations or references required

How To Apply


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