Women’s Scholarship


Edith Santos worked at a small law enforcement agency that was unable to send her to the IACIS Basic Computer Forensic Examiner (BCFE) training in Orlando.  She persisted with her goal and, after some time, was able to convince her agency to send her to BCFE.  Since obtaining her CFCE in 2014, Edith’s work in digital forensics propelled to inspiring heights.  After 18 years of experience in law enforcement, Edith transitioned to the private sector and received multiple accolades for her achievements.  Edith is grateful for her success and wishes to give back to IACIS by sponsoring the new Digital Forensics Scholarship for Women in Law Enforcement.

Funding for this scholarship is provided by Edith Santos and a second donor.  It will cover cost of tuition and up to $3,000 in travel expenses (hotel and/or flight) for the IACIS BCFE training in Orlando, FL. The scholarship recipient, in general, is responsible for per diem and any other expenses.

Eligibility is open to any female examiner (sworn or civilian) working for a Law Enforcement agency.  Applications must include the Digital Forensics Scholarship for Women in Law Enforcement Application Form, a C.V. of the applicant, an essay (500 words maximum) on career goals and how the applicant will benefit from BCFE training, completed registration for the 2022 BCFE Orlando course, and a signed letter from a top official of her agency (on agency letterhead) confirming the information provided in the application. All documents should be merged/appended in a single PDF document and named in the following manner: Surname_First Name_WomeninLE2022.pdf.

The official letter should pertain to the information in the Application form and must address areas such as the following:

  • Affirmation that you are employed by a Law Enforcement agency,
  • Naming the Applicant as the Agency’s choice for consideration of the scholarship,
  • Affirmation that your current (or future) work-duties will benefit from the BCFE training,
  • Confirmation that the agency (or scholarship recipient) is willing to cover subsistence (food) costs during the inclusive training dates and any other expenses.

Applications are accepted from October 15, 2021, through January 15, 2022.  No later than February 1st, 2022, a selection will be made from eligible and vetted applications. The successful Applicant and her agency will be informed via e-mail. The result and contact details of the successful Applicant (name and agency) will also be published in IACIS’ ListServ and social media.

For further information, please contact the IACIS Coordinator for this scholarship at LEAWomenScholarship@iacis.com.

Download the Application here: Digital-Forensics-Scholarship-for-Women-in-LE-Application.pdf