Scholarship Program

About the Youth Scholarship Program

In 1996, the Electronic Security Association launched the Youth Scholarship Program. The program was created to promote goodwill among the electronic life safety and security industry and police and fire officers by providing college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.

Through the Youth Scholarship Program, thousands of dollars have been given to students attending higher education institutions across our country. In fact, more than $300,000 has been given out by the participating states and ESA.

Today, ESA and the New Jersey Electronic Security Associations are involved in the scholarship program. The first place winner of each state’s program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards.

Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and the essay. In addition to completing the application and submitting the appropriate documentation, each student must write an essay explaining “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.

The scholarship awards, in the amounts of $1,500 for first prize and $1,000 for second prize, are available to qualified high school seniors.

An exciting aspect of this scholarship is that the first place winner from our state is eligible for the national scholarship awards.  The ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards two scholarships.  The first place national winner will receive $7,500 and the second place national winner will receive $2,500.


Please note that the deadline for all applications is March 23, 2018.

All applications must be submitted online. Please click HERE.


Our 2017 Program

NEWS FLASH : NJESA Youth Scholarship Program winner wins the ESA Youth Scholarship Program at the NATIONAL LEVEL!!



After careful consideration, Michelle Bello from Pennsauken High School, NJ won the first price and Cary Robinson Jr. from Overbrook Regional High School, NJ won the second price.

We invited the winners and their families to dinner at our Annual Golf Outing Event and presented them with checks for $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

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Michelle Bello, 1st prize winner, with her family receiving award from Gerard Duffy, President, NJESA.