Three Rivers Information Security Symposium Scholarship Program

Information and data security are critical in protecting and in defending the United States economy, people, and society. Along with collaboration and information sharing of current professionals, a goal of TRISS is to encourage and support prospective professionals. Thanks in part to the generosity of our sponsors since 2016, TRISS can now fulfill this objective.

In 2019, To encourage and support students pursuing information security-related degrees and careers, the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium announced the creation of the TRISS Information Security Studies Scholarship, which will provide scholarships to deserving students from the western Pennsylvania region.

Eligibility requirements, how to apply, and submission deadlines can be found below. The TRISS Information Security Studies Scholarships are funded through the net proceeds of the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium and the support of our founding organizations

TRISS Scholarship


Pursuing a degree with a focus on information security, information assurance, intelligence analysis, risk management or program with a related focus area.

Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited institution located within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and/or the applicant resides within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Must be attending classes on campus or online during the award period with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

May be attending full-time or part-time; if attending school on a part-time basis, must be taking at least two courses simultaneously.

Applicants must submit an unofficial transcript (or proof of enrollment if a first year student), resume, U.S.A. citizenship or residency documentation (Driver's License or Passport), one recommendation letter, and a personal statement.


Applicants must submit all required materials no later than 11:59 PM Eastern time on November 11, 2022. Awards will be announced by December 31, 2022.

The following eligibility criteria are required to be submitted through the TRISS Google Form. Any additional material submitted will not be considered. Documents must be in PDF. Information provided by all applicants will be retained for one year on the TRISS Google drive. Not all applicants will receive a scholarship, and applicants will only be contacted in the event of an award. Awards will be sent directly to the winners. The name, hometown, and accredited institution of all award winners will be posted on the TRISS website. Award winners will be required to provide proof of eligibility including:

  • Proof of citizenship and/or residency.
  • Unofficial transcript from a current or most recent academic institution.
  • Proof of grade point average.
  • Validate recommendation contact.

Scholarship awards are not automatically renewed. All scholarship recipients must re-apply for subsequent scholarships and will be re-evaluated with all submissions.

Evaluation Criteria

Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in information security, information assurance, intelligence analysis, risk management, or other position with a similar focus.

A demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively.

How applicant will utilize scholarship funds.

Academic merit.

2020 TRISS Scholarships Recipients

Due to the pandemic, funds for TRISS 2020 scholarships were given out to regional food banks to help our local communities. We provided funds to the following Food Bank Organizations:

Allegheny County

Armstrong County

Washington County

Westmoreland County

2019 TRISS Scholarships Recipients

2019 TRISS Scholarship Program awarded $15,000 in total. Congratulations to the following recipients:

Christopher Cullen

Robert Morris University

Kelly DeVito

Slippery Rock University

Alison Falk

The George Washington University

Joseph Gates

Carnegie Mellon University

Abhilash Kashyap

Carnegie Mellon University

Kaden Mahsoob

Robert Morris University

Brandon Nelson

Robert Morris University

Kimon Pope

Carnegie Mellon University

Shane Smith

Slippery Rock University