Cloudflare Zero Trust Scholarship Award

Cloudflare is empowering the next generation of cybersecurity leaders by awarding $1,000 to one individual pursuing further education.

In the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity, new approaches and security models are necessary to protect networks and their users from increasing threats. Organizations are embracing a variety of approaches — including Zero Trust and SASE — which have major implications for connected systems at universities and modern businesses.

As a student, you're exposed to many of these connected systems. We want to hear your perspectives on the biggest security risks universities face, the implications of those risks, and how universities can use modern security approaches (like Zero Trust) in reponse. Our panel of judges will review responses and provide a $1000 award to the selected winner.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete a (minimum) 1500 word response to the prompt below. The essay should be clear and well researched with references to relevant supporting studies or documents. Please submit your response to by June 15, 2022.


Participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old

  • A currently enrolled undergraduate student in an American university.

  • A legal US resident/citizen

You can read the full terms and conditions (link here)

Essay Prompt

Please provide a minimum 1500 word detailed response to the following questions:
  • What are the biggest security risks universities will face over the next five years?
  • What are the consequences of those risks going unaddressed?
  • What security strategies should universities adopt to better protect their students and staff from those risks?

Review & Results

Submissions will be reviewed by our Scholarship Committee, which includes individuals from our product, security, and editorial teams.

All submissions will be reviewed and scored by no later than June 15th, 2022. The winner will be notified no later than June 22nd, 2022.

Evaluation Criteria

Our Scholarship Committee will evaluate submissions on the following grounds:

  • Is the prompt answered fully?

  • Are the main arguments thoughtful, realistic, and persuasive?

  • Are the external sources convincing, accurate, and trustworthy?

  • Is the writing clear, powerful, and professional?

Submit your response by June 15th