Three Rivers Information Security Symposium 2019 Scholarship Studies Program

In 2016, when three Pittsburgh area information technology and security organizations came together to increase awareness, collaboration and knowledge among the local information security community the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS) was inaugurated. InfraGard Pittsburgh, ISSA and OWASP are the founding organizations for this annual event with assistance provided by ATAP, ISACA, ISC2, RMU’s Top Secret Colonials, Steel City InfoSec, and others from the Pittsburgh area community.

Information and data security is 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 to support prospective professionals. Thanks in part to the generosity of our sponsors since 2016, TRISS can now fulfill this objective.

To encourage and support students pursuing information security-related degrees and careers, the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium announces the creation of the TRISS Information Security Studies Scholarship, which will provide scholarships to deserving students from the western Pennsylvania region.  The first TRISS Information Security Studies Scholarships will be awarded in November 2019. Each scholarship will be at least $1,000. 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.


  • 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, one recommendation letter, and a personal statement.


Applicants must submit all required materials no later than midnight Eastern time on November 10, 2019.  Awards will be announced by November 30, 2019. The following eligibility criteria are required to be submitted through the TRISS Google form/document. Any additional material submitted will not be considered. Documents must be in PDF or image format. 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 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.