Applications Open for ESET’s Fifth Annual Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

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ESET to Award $5,000 Each to Three Graduate/Undergraduate Women in the United States Who Are Majoring in a STEM Field of Study

SAN DIEGO, CALIF – July 21, 2020 – ESET, a global leader in IT security, today announced that applications are open for the fifth annual ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship. This year, ESET will award $5,000 each to three (3) women currently enrolled as undergraduates and who major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. 

Apply Now: applications are due on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11:59pm PT

Not eligible to apply for this scholarship yourself? We encourage you to share this scholarship opportunity with your friends, family and neighbors. 

An (ISC)2 Women in Cybersecurity Report found that men currently outnumber women three to one in the field of cybersecurity. Striving for a more diverse workforce is critical to addressing the modern, evolving threat landscape.  

“It’s inspiring to see how many young women are so passionate about this field and want to do good in the world with the technology skills they are developing,” said Celeste Blodgett, vice president of human resources, ESET. “The ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship is designed to encourage and empower women—an underrepresented segment of talent in this industry—to pursue a career in cybersecurity. If this scholarship plays even a small part in helping, it will make what we do here at ESET worthwhile.”

ESET will award a $5,000 scholarship each to three (3) women who are currently graduate/undergraduate students in the U.S. and who are majoring in a STEM field of study.

How do I qualify for the scholarship?
You must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university within the United States. (The graduate/undergraduate program does not have to be a “cybersecurity” program; however, in your application, you should make clear that you aspire to have a career in the cybersecurity industry.)

You must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card.

What is the deadline for submission?
Submissions will be accepted from July 22, 2020 – August 14, 2020, at 11:59pm PT.

ESET will announce the three winners on Tuesday September 1, 2020.

What do I submit / How do I submit my application?
Applicants must email the following attachments to with a subject line of “Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship”:

  • Application and completed essay questions (DOWNLOAD PDF).
  • A copy of an unofficial transcript or acceptance letter as proof of enrollment.
  • One letter of recommendation signed by the recommending party.

Additional details

  • Essays may be submitted in English or Spanish.
  • Finalists must participate in a phone interview to be considered for the award.
  • Finalists may be required to supply additional personal or professional references.
  • Judging is conducted by a panel of ESET staff including cybersecurity experts.
  • Winners may be asked to provide a photo of themselves, which may be used for promotional purposes.
  • The three (3) $5,000 awards will be disbursed over the course of one year.
  • If the application or essays are incomplete, they won't be considered.
  • Immediate family members or dependents of ESET employees are not eligible to participate.

Questions? Email us at with any questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


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