Announcing The Snort® Scholarship Winners

The Snort Scholarship Winners
Johnathan palos

Johnathan Palos
University: Arizona State University
Major: Information Technology B.S.

Johnathan began his academic pursuits at Texas State Technical College in 2010 for programming but had to leave due to a loss in the family in 2013. He has since spent the last three years working in the IT field as a network administrator having a Network+ certificate and decided to re-attend college and pursue my Bachelors in Information Technology in the hopes to further his career and personal goals. He eventually hopes to pursue a Masters in Information Management and an MBA as well. While attending TSTC he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.


Skanda koppula

Skanda Koppula
University: MIT
Major: Computer Science and Engineering, Masters of Engineering

Skanda is currently a first-year Master's student at MIT in EECS. His current research interests include systems security, hardware security, and machine learning. Skanda completed his Bachelor's at MIT in 2016, majoring in Computer Systems and Engineering. In his free time, Skanda likes to spend time working on battery electronics for the MIT Formula racecar team and run road races.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

Snorty gradcap Look for the next scholarship program to be running in spring of 2018!

Official Rules of the 2017 Snort® Scholarship Awards

Definitions. Unless otherwise defined in these Official Rules, capitalized terms used herein shall have the following meanings:

  • “2017 Snort Scholarship” means a payment by Cisco in the amount of $10,000 (USD), payable on behalf of the Awardee by Cisco directly to his or her designated Qualified Organization, which payment is to be applied solely toward Awardee’s academic tuition at the Qualified Organization during the 2017/2018 academic year.
  • “Application” means a completed application for the 2017 Snort Scholarship, the official application form of which can be found at https://snort.org/community/scholarship.
  • “Application Period” means the period of time commencing at 7:00 am ET on March 1, 2017 and ending at 5:00 pm ET on April 3, 2017.
  • “Award” means a 2017 Snort Scholarship.
  • “Awardee” means an eligible applicant selected by Cisco to receive an Award in accordance with these Official Rules.
  • “Cisco” means Cisco Systems, Inc., a California corporation.
  • “Company Personnel” means Cisco officers, directors, contractors, employees and agents.
  • “Corporate Offices” means Cisco, 8135 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, Maryland 20759.
  • “Drawing” means the process by which Cisco will select at random two (2) Awardees from the pool of Eligible Applications to receive a 2017 Snort Scholarship in accordance with these Official Rules.
  • “Qualified Organization” means an accredited college, university or other institution of higher learning designated by an Awardee to receive a 2017 Snort Scholarship on such Awardee’s behalf which either covers Snort in its Computer Science curriculum or otherwise utilizes Snort to protect its network.

Terms.

  • How to Apply. To become eligible to participate in the Drawing, you must submit your Application to Cisco within the Application Period in accordance with these Official Rules. Your Application must be submitted to Cisco at the following URL address: https://snort.org/community/scholarship.

  • Eligible Applicants. To be eligible to submit an Application and participate in the Drawing, you must (1) be eligible to receive your high school diploma or equivalent in 2017 as of the date Cisco receives your Application, and (2) provide reasonable evidence to Cisco that you are seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cyber security or similarly related field of study. Company Personnel and their immediate family members are ineligible for an Award.

  • Eligible Applications. Your Application will not be considered unless it is complete and received by Cisco within the Application Period. To be deemed complete, it must contain all the information requested on the application form, including, but not limited to, your name, complete mailing address, complete email address, telephone number and answers to all questions and required essays. Cisco is not responsible for, nor will it accept, any late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, or incomplete Applications. If an Application meets all the criteria set forth in these Official Rules, then it will be considered an “Eligible Application” and will be included in the Drawing.

  • The Drawing. When the Drawing is conducted, the Awardees will be selected from all Eligible Applications. All Eligible Applications have an equal chance of being selected; the number of Eligible Applications will determine your odds of receiving an Award. You do not need to be present at the Drawing to have your Application considered. All Applications become the property of Cisco upon submission and will neither be acknowledged nor returned.

  • Notification of Awardees. Within approximately one (1) week after the Drawing, Cisco will make all reasonable attempts to notify the potential Awardees, by email and/or by U.S. mail at Cisco’s discretion, using the potential Awardee’s addresses of record set forth in his or her Application. If after reasonable attempts we cannot contact a potential Awardee within thirty (30) days of the initial Drawing, or a potential Awardee otherwise fails to claim an Award once notified, then Cisco will conduct a second Drawing to select another potential Awardee. Cisco will hold the Award funds until both Awards have been paid to the designated Qualified Organization.

    To learn the identity of the Awardees after the Drawing, look for a notice on https://snort.org/community/scholarship on or about May 29, 2017.


  • Payment of Award. You shall provide Cisco with all necessary information to permit Cisco to pay the Award to your Qualified Organization. Awards cannot be assigned, transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash or other value, and shall only be paid to a Qualified Organization on your behalf.

  • Taxes; Compliance with Laws; Disputes. Each Awardee shall be fully responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes resulting from an Award. Each Awardee agrees that the Award will be considered ordinary income for U.S. income tax purposes and payment of all taxes shall be his or her full and complete responsibility. Each Awardee agrees not to hold Cisco or any Company Personnel liable for any resultant action derived from the use, transport, or enjoyment of an Award. This offer and the Award is void where prohibited by law. It is the responsibility of each applicant to comply with any federal laws or regulations as well as any specific to the state, municipality, county or province in which the applicant resides. Each applicant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Drawing, or any Award, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, (2) any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within Santa Clara County in the State of California, as applicable, (3) any and all claims, judgments, and award of damages shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Drawing, but in no event shall such damages include attorneys’ fees, and (4) under no circumstances will an applicant be permitted to obtain damages for, and each applicant hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages other than actual out-of-pocket expenses. Applicant shall not claim or receive any damages subject to being multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of applicants and Cisco in connection with the Drawing or any Award, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

  • Disclaimer of Warranties; Release. EACH APPLICANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CISCO HAS NEITHER MADE NOR IS IN ANY MANNER RESPONSIBLE OR LIABILE FOR ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO THE DRAWING, THE AWARD OR THE SCHOLARSHIPS DESCRIBED HEREIN. THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES AND/OR GUARANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NO WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY. By entering the Drawing, each applicant releases Cisco and Company Personnel from any and all liability, damages, claims or causes of actions of any kind whatsoever (however named or described) for injuries, damages, or losses to person or property which may be sustained in connection with the Drawing, or the receipt, enjoyment or use of any Award.

  • Reservation of Rights. By entering this Drawing each applicant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Cisco and its designated Company Personnel, whose decisions regarding all aspects of the Drawing and any Award shall be final. Cisco reserves the right to refuse an entry if any of these conditions is not met or if you fail to comply with the Official Rules. You should not submit an Application for this Drawing unless the conditions above are fully understood. If due to an error, more than two (2) Awards are claimed, the two (2) Awards shall be awarded in a random drawing from among all such Award claims received. In no event shall Cisco be liable for more than the two (2) Awards described herein. Cisco reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to interpret these Official Rules and to make decisions concerning the Drawing and the acceptance and use of any Award in situations not covered by these Official Rules. Cisco also reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or suspend the Drawing. Notice of any such change in the event shall be posted at https://snort.org/community/scholarship.

  • Data Privacy. Entering the Drawing constitutes your agreement and consent to allow your photo, likeness, name, age, city and state of residence to be posted on the Cisco Web site and printed in the Cisco or Snort newsletters, among others, promoting the Snort Scholarship. Information applicants provide to Cisco will be used to communicate with them regarding this Drawing and otherwise as set forth in Cisco’s Privacy Policy, as it appears at http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/legal/privacy.html. You may request that your name be excluded from lists of names and addresses used by Cisco for future drawings or promotions by submitting a written request to 2017 Snort Scholarship, c/o Cisco, 8135 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, Maryland 20759.

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To be eligible to submit an Application and participate in the Drawing, you must:

(1) be eligible to receive your high school diploma or equivalent in 2017 as of the date Cisco receives your Application, and

(2) provide reasonable evidence to Cisco that you are seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cyber security or similarly related field of study.

Company Personnel and their immediate family members are ineligible.


When is the open application period for the Snort Scholarship Award?

We will begin accepting applications for the scholarship award on March 1, 2017. The open application period will end on April 4, 2017. After this time, the application will be removed from the site and additional candidates will no longer be accepted.


What are the eligibility requirements?

To be considered for the scholarship award you will need to meet both applicant and application requirements. These requirements are as follows:

Eligible Applicants. To be eligible to submit an Application and participate in the Drawing, you must (1) be eligible to receive your high school diploma or equivalent in 2017 as of the date Cisco receives your Application, and (2) provide reasonable evidence to Cisco that you are seeking a degree in computer science, information technology, computer networking, cyber security or similarly related field of study. Company Personnel and their immediate family members are ineligible for an Award.
Eligible Applications. Your Application will not be considered unless it is complete and received by Cisco within the Application Period. To be deemed complete, it must contain all the information requested on the application form, including, but not limited to, your name, complete mailing address, complete email address, telephone number and answers to all questions and required essays. Cisco is not responsible for, nor will it accept, any late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, or incomplete Applications. If an Application meets all the criteria set forth in these Official Rules, then it will be considered an “Eligible Application” and will be included in the Drawing.

How may I confirm that you’ve received my application?

After submission, you will be redirected to a confirmation page. In addition, a confirmation email will be sent to the address provided on your application. Please check your junk or spam box first, if you do not initially see your confirmation email.


How will I know if I am selected as a winner?

Notification of Awardees. Within approximately one (1) week after the Drawing, Cisco will make all reasonable attempts to notify the potential Awardees, by email and/or by U.S. mail at Cisco’s discretion, using the potential Awardee’s addresses of record set forth in his or her Application. If after reasonable attempts we cannot contact a potential Awardee within thirty (30) days of the initial Drawing, or a potential Awardee otherwise fails to claim an Award once notified, then Cisco will conduct a second Drawing to select another potential Awardee. Cisco will hold the Award funds until both Awards have been paid to the designated Qualified Organization.

To learn the identity of the Awardees after the Drawing, look for a notice on https://snort.org/community/scholarship on or about May 29, 2017.


If I am chosen, how and when can I expect my award funds?

Payment of Award. You shall provide Cisco with all necessary information to permit Cisco to pay the Award to your Qualified Organization. Awards cannot be assigned, transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash or other value, and shall only be paid to a Qualified Organization on your behalf.

Once eligibility has been verified and all required documentation is received to process payment requests, awards will be disbursed on a NET-60 term.


I can’t find my university on your institution list?

Please contact snort-scholarship@cisco.com and provide your university name, country and state (if applicable). Upon verification, the university will be added to our database.


Can I submit an application if I’ve previously won the Snort Scholarship Award?

No. Prior award recipients are not eligible for consideration.


I have recently graduated high school, what should I select as my academic status?

Please select: Academic degree->Bachelor’s-> Academic status -> Freshman


My question is not listed here. What should I do?

Please contact snort-scholarship@cisco.com for all unaddressed inquiries.