ESA Youth Scholarship Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Electronic Security Association (ESA)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Two national awards, as well as a scholarship for each state representative of the 19 participating state chapters.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  3. Must be at least 15 years of age and not older than 20 at time of application.
  4. Must be a graduating high school senior who will receive a diploma from an accredited high school located within the state where he/she applies. The student must be accepted for admission to an accredited college/university, and plan to matriculate at a college in the following academic year.
  5. Must have a father, mother, or natural guardian who is a full-time, active, paid member of a police, sheriff's, or fire department in the state where the student applies. Volunteer fire department members are also eligible.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors who have a parent/guardian who is a full-time, active employee of a police, sheriff's, or fire department. The student must be 15 to 20 years of age.

Application requirements for the ESA Youth Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letter
  • Proof of coll. acceptance
  • Resume
  • SAT/ACT results
Additional Information: ESA and participating Charted Chapter Associations are involved in the scholarship program. The first place winner of each state's program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards. Students who reside in a participating state must enter their state-level scholarship program to be considered for national awards. Students who reside in a state without an ESA chapter or in a non-participating state should submit their applications directly to ESA. ESA will select one of these students as the national nominee to compete with the state winners. Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. All decisions are final. The score is based on the following: grade point average, 25 points; SAT or ACT scores, 30 points; essay, 25 points; academic prizes, awards, hobbies, school and outside extracurricular activities, 20 points. Please note: Children of the following types of employees do not qualify for this program: administrative staff of a police/fire department; DHS, FBI and other federal employees; and reserve officers, part-time sheriff's deputies and retired, deceased or disabled employees.

Award Amount: The national winner will receive a scholarship of $7,500. Second place will receive $2,500.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in January for a refreshed application deadline date. Applications are available online on the Electronic Security Association (ESA) website. In addition to the completed application, the student must submit the following: a typed essay of 500-1,000 words explaining "What it means to me to have my parent/guardian involved in securing our community"; an official high school transcript or other proof of enrollment; proof of acceptance to a college/university; proof of parent's/guardian's occupation (copy of ID or supervisory letter on station letterhead acceptable); copies of SAT and/or ACT score results, if not included on high school transcript; a resume listing academic prizes, awards, hobbies, extracurricular activities, and work history; and a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, teacher, or other outside agency which verifies participation in extracurricular activities and speaks of his/her character. The complete application package must be mailed to the student's ESA state chapter if the chapter participates in this program. Participating states are: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. Contact information for these state chapters is available on the ESA website and on the scholarship application. If the student's state of residence does not have a participating ESA chapter, he/she must mail the application package to the ESA using the address listed. Applications must be received on or before the ESA on the deadline date. Please note: State chapters may establish earlier internal deadlines; the student is highly encouraged to check with his/her state chapter contact person for more information.
About Electronic Security Association (ESA):
Contact Information: Jason Smith, Communication Specialist
Address: 6333 North State Highway 161 Suite 350 Irving, Texas 75038

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