WWPass Future of Identity Security Scholarship

Financial support for college and high school students preparing today to shape the way we identify ourselves online tomorrow

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Scholarship Details

How to apply

You will be asked to create a WWPass account and complete an application which includes:

  • General background information (e.g. contact information and details about your current and intended universities)
  • Resume/CV
  • Academic transcripts from your current institution
  • One 1500-2000 word essay addressing current and future challenges for secure authentication, Identity Access Management (IAM), which answers (at least 2-3 of) the following questions:
    • How will IAM work in the future, compared with how it works now?
    • What can businesses and governments do to prevent data breaches, unauthorized access, identity theft, fraud, data theft and industrial espionage?
    • What are the most frustrating aspects of IAM that average people regularly encounter today, and how can these headaches most effectively be solved?
    • Between businesses and governments, which organizations have the most responsibility/authority to protect consumers from identity/cyber crime, and what are they currently doing about it?
    • What are the biggest cybersecurity vulnerabilities that nobody seems to be paying attention to, and why are they going unnoticed?
    • How can technology balance the need for convenience, privacy and public good?

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

To apply, you will need to create an account with WWPass and upload your information to that account. At WWPass, we do not use usernames and passwords. These kinds of credentials are the leading cause of data breaches and identity theft. Instead, we use a secure universal digital key, which is a mobile app called WWPass PassKey. To create and access your WWPass account, it is first necessary to download and install this free mobile app.

Apply in 3 easy steps:
  • Download WWPass PassKey app
  • Sign up to your WWPass account by scanning the QR code with your app
  • Complete and submit the scholarship application form using your account

WWPass is a technology company focused on strong multi-factor, authentication identity access management and secure data storage. WWPass replaces usernames and passwords, which are one of the main cause of all data breaches. They are both inconvenient and insecure.

The WWPass Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in security technology and become leaders in the field. The scholarship will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's impact on increasing awareness of current privacy, identification, and cybersecurity problems as well as finding new approaches to solving these problems, demonstrated leadership & academic background. The winner will receive 1,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 1000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application must be submitted prior to March 29, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.
Selected undergraduate and graduate students will receive 1,000 USD for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have a high school degree or equivalent
  • Be currently enrolled as a student at an accredited college or university for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD program at a college or university in the United States or Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Maintain a strong academic performance
  • Be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a degree in a closely related technical field
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for improving privacy, identification, and cybersecurity technology used by businesses and governments
  • The program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate university students who meet the above criteria and we strongly encourage students in cybersecurity focused degree programs to apply

Application must be submitted prior to March 29, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.
Selected High School students will receive 1,000 USD for the 2020-2021 school year.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior graduating in the class of 2020
  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US (excluding territories) or Canada in Fall 2020
  • Intend to be enrolled at a university in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related area department for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science.

The program is open to qualified students who meet the above criteria and we strongly encourage students who plan to enter cybersecurity focused degree programs to apply.

Application process

You will be asked to complete an application which includes:

  • An updated resume (PDF required)
  • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF required)
  • One 1500-2000 word essay about one of the suggested topics
Selection process

Scholarship selection decisions will be communicated in June of 2020. Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their essays and application materials compared to the entire applicant pool.

The WWPass Scholarship award money must be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the students' classes at their primary university. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full time students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Enrollment will be verified after the winners are selected, and all scholarship payments will be made directly to the student to be used towards tuition and education-related expenses. We will withhold the award for any scholar who no longer meets the eligibility requirements and revoke the award for any scholar who does not maintain the eligibility requirements.
Selected recipients will receive instructions from WWPass on how to receive the award. Failure to complete these steps by the specified deadline will disqualify recipients from receiving the award.

Recipients may defer their scholarship award or grant for up to one (1) year from the time of originally planned payment on a case by case basis as determined by WWPass. WWPass employees are not eligible to apply for WWPass scholarships or grants and must find grants elsewhere. Persons who are (1) residents of embargoed countries, (2) ordinarily resident in embargoed countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs may not apply for this scholarship.

All applicants understand and agree that, when submitted to WWPass, their essay becomes the copyrighted property of WWPass, that by submitting the application they in doing so, waive any and all rights to their essays, and that WWPass has the right to publish the essay in full or in part. If an essay is selected for publication, due credit will be given to its author.

Email scholarship@wwpass.com. We’re happy to address any questions directly related to the WWPass Scholarship, but are unable to respond to other inquiries. We will not respond to spam, barraging messages, or messages that are primarily inflammatory or exploitative in nature.