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 covers the cost of registration for the IACIS BCFE training in Orlando, Florida. Other donor(s) may provide funds to cover additional expenses, but this is not guaranteed.  However, for 2024, we are proud to announce that enough additional donations were received to cover up to $3,000 for travel expenses (lodging, flight, and/or per diem).  The scholarship recipient and/or her agency is responsible for any remaining expenses to attend the training.  

Eligibility is open to a female working for a law enforcement agency in a sworn or civilian capacity.  Applications must include the completed Application Form, Privacy Statement, a curriculum vitae, an essay (500 words maximum) on career goals and how the applicant will benefit from BCFE training, proof of registration for the 2024 BCFE Orlando course, and a signed letter on agency letterhead from the Applicant’s supervisor confirming the following: 

  • Affirmation that you are employed by a law enforcement agency; 
  • Affirmation that you are approved to be considered for the scholarship; 
  • Affirmation that your current (or future) work duties will benefit from the BCFE training; and 
  • Affirmation that the agency and/or scholarship recipient is willing to cover any expenses related to the BCFE training that will not be covered by the scholarship. 

All documents should be combined and submitted as a single PDF document and named in the following manner: Surname_First Name.pdf. Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023.  No later than December 30, 2023, a selection will be made from eligible and vetted applications. All Applicants will be informed of their status via e-mail as soon as a selection is made. The name and agency of the scholarship recipient will be announced in IACIS’ ListServ and social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram) in January of 2024. 

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

Download the Application here: WOMEN IN LE APPLICATION FORM 2024.PDF