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IALEIA's Jorge Espejel-Contreras Scholarship


Jorge Espejel-Contreras was IALEIA's Mexican Chapter President when he passed away unexpectedly in January 2007. Jorge was known as a reserved man, but was passionate about the role of the honest and ethical use of intelligence in law enforcement. He showed great dedication to his community, and to his country, and will be missed by his many friends in IALEIA.

IALEIA continues to strive for professionalism in the intelligence analysis career field through promoting and supporting career development and continuing education.

Award Background

In 2005, IALEIA introduced a new membership category serving academic institutions. The dues generated from this membership category were designated to fund an IALEIA scholarship.

The IALEIA-funded scholarship was renamed the Jorge Espejel-Contreras IALEIA Scholarship Award following the untimely death of the IALEIA Mexico Chapter President in 2007.

Each year a $1,500 (USD) scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student. The application process takes place in the fall and the scholarship will be awarded at the IALEIA annual conference. 

Eligibility Criteria

Any active IALEIA member, or immediate family member of an active IALEIA member, who is enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution, is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Eligibility is based on full-time or part-time enrollment in an accredited college/university, and can be on campus or via distance-learning. The applicant must be a student in the disciplines of intelligence, analysis, statistics, criminal justice or other related undergraduate or graduate program. Other areas of study may be considered in the event that no viable applications are received from the specified disciplines.


  1. IALEIA board members and their immediate family members are not eligible for the scholarship.
  2. Members of the Scholarship Committee and/or reviewers of essays may not be related in any way to any applicant under consideration for the scholarship award.

Eligible academic institutions

    1. Accredited by an official accreditation body for the applicable location/country
    2. Accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), if the academic institution and/or degree program is online
    3. A combination of the above.


  • Essay has a 1500 word minimum and 2000 word maximum
  • Essays must be submitted in WORD PERFECT, MS WORD, TXT or PDF format 
  • No special characters or symbols may be used in essays
  • No graphics, tables, charts, or other filler material allowed
  • Essays must be submitted in English
  • A letter of acceptance for the current fall semester at an accredited post-secondary institution and/or a letter from a facility advisor on institution letterhead indicating the applicant is enrolled as a student in the fall semester must accompany the essay as a separate attachment.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

How to Apply

The application package must contain a minimum 1,500-word, maximum 2,000-word essay on the following topic.

Essay Topic

How do you plan to apply your chosen academic studies to expand your capabilities

as an effective intelligence analyst, and how will you use your expanded capabilities

to enhance the intelligence analysis profession?

Application submissions must include

  1. Scholarship application (see below)
  2. Essay (1,500 – 2,000 words)
  3. Letter from a faculty advisor or acceptance letter from academic institution, including the name, telephone number, and mailing address of the Registrar for the school you are attending

Applicants will submit their essays and additional documentation to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UPDATED  Application deadline is February 17th 2017Eligible submissions must be provided in English and fulfill the requirements outlined above. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

NOTE:  Only electronic documentation will be accepted by the committee.  Essay must be submitted in WORD PERFECT, MS WORD, TXT or PDF format.  Not submitting essay and documentation in the required format may result in your application being rejected.

Application Form 

Click link to obtain the Scholarship Application 


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Partnership Announcement

Henley-Putnam University is pleased to be an education partner with the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), offering IALEIA members an opportunity to study online to earn degrees or to continue their education through certificates or individual coursework. Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution serving professionals in the strategic security industry, especially within the law enforcement, military and intelligence communities.  The University provides accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degree programs in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management; an accredited Doctoral Degree program in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Individual courses are also offered in subjects such as languages. Over 150 courses are offered, each taught by faculty members who are industry practitioners with extensive operational experience in the military, law enforcement, and intelligence fields, including the FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA, Secret Service, police departments, and other organizations. The University evaluates work experience, training programs and experiential learningfor possible course credit and hosts a personalized and robust Student Services program that includes mentors and academic advising to enhance a student’s educational experience.  

IALEIA members receive a 10% tuition discount for Bachelor’s and certificate courses and 15% for the Doctorate and Master’s programs – contact the University for information on applicability and restrictions.


Nancy A. Reggio, Director of Admissions

Henley-Putnam University

Toll free: 888-852-8746 ext.9928

Direct: 408-453-9900

Fax: 775-522-4643

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As a learning partner with Columbia Southern University, members and employees of your company or organization receive a 10 percent tuition discount via the partnership program. To enhance this great offer, CSU is now offering a special scholarship for learning partners only!  
The Learning Partner Scholarship program will award six scholarships per year to the employees or members of companies, associations and organizations that are learning partners of CSU. The scholarships will be distributed on a bi-monthly basis and each covers tuition for up to 24 months in a specific degree program. See the table below:
Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
December - January February
February - March April
April - May June
June - July August
August - September October
October - November December
One applicant will be chosen per award month; however, those applicants not selected may continue to apply for future award dates. Textbooks and some fees are not included.
To apply for the scholarship, visit and submit all scholarship application materials before the end of the application period for the scholarship award date you wish to be considered for.
  1. Applicant must be a member or emplyee of a CSU learning partner. Member or employee family members are not eligible.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate the value earning a degree would add to their lives by answering a number of essay questions.
  3. Eligible candidates must have a high school transcript or equivalent (GED).
  4. The individuals who are selected must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, remain in good standing, and remain enrolled in a CSU degree program to maintain eligibility for the scholarship.  Current CSU students must have a 3.0 overall GPA to be considered.
For more information about the scholarship, please contact me via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (800) 977-8449, ex. 1217.
Also, if you would like a press release announcing the Learning Partner Scholarship for your company or group newsletter or a short text to post on your website, please contact me.
Erika Viquelia, Scholarship Liaison
Partnership Development
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