Welcome to the 2020 TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program

The scholarship application is now closed as of March 8, 2020. Read about this year's offerings below.


The program, which is designed to foster training and education for job candidates in the security and legal technology industries, is in its ninth year of operation and has awarded over 170 scholarships, totaling more than $200K in free education and certification. This year, there are ten participating institutions and over 50 full scholarships! Finalists are anonymously determined by a rotating Advisory Board of thought leaders and industry hiring managers.

If you are an educational institution wishing to partner with TRU to provide scholarships, please Contact Us.

The application period has been extended through March 8, 2020. The application is designed to get to know you better, including your work history, your job goals, and your abilities. We recommend reviewing the application before beginning, as you will not be able to save and return to your application. Here's what you'll need before you start:

  • A recent version of your resume that you will be asked to upload
  • Name, phone number, and email of one industry reference

Additionally, there is one essay question that is the most important question on the application. You may find it helpful to write out your answer to this essay question ahead of time and paste it into the web application, as your writing skills and thoughtfulness in the essay will be judged. The question is:

  • Please tell us, in your own words, how receiving a scholarship will help your career. Discuss your motivation for entering or delving deeper into the cybersecurity, e-discovery, or privacy industries.

TRU's 2020 portfolio of partners and their certification, training, and education will delve into diverse areas of discipline including mobile forensic collection, advanced data analytics, legal project management, processing and hosting of litigation data, cyber incident response and remediation, privacy law and program building, technical e-discovery attorney review expertise, and more! Below, you’ll find information on our partners and the scholarships they are providing.


ACEDS, the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, a BARBRI professional association, is the member organization for professionals in the private and public sectors who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS is building a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, guidance, training and best practices, and offers e-discovery certification. ACEDS has established the field's first certification exam, a 145-question multiple choice exam that covers 15 e-discovery fields. This year's Scholarship Program includes:

  • One full scholarship for the ACEDS certification package, including live online training, study manual, membership to ACEDS, and certification exam with one free retake. Requires some hands-on field experience in any role, including Sales, project managers, litigation support, attorneys, paralegals, forensics, or information governance. Live training is delivered online and the exam is available year round at nearly 700 ACEDS Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide, including 350 in the US and Canada.
  • Two full scholarships for the eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program. The perfect candidate for the eDEx certificate is someone who has zero or a little e-discovery experience and would like to have foundation e-discovery training to better understand the e-discovery process and importance. Candidates would be attorneys, paralegals, IT, security, or Sales people who are new to e-discovery or candidates working in information governance or privacy.

Please visit the ACEDS FAQ for more information about this certification, including eligibility requirements, and visit the eDEX page for information on that course. Learn more about ACEDS in "Maneuvering the Madness of Cyber and ESI Education & Certification" and the eDEx program in the recent article "Finally, a Fast Track to Find Your Way Into E-Discovery," both part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


Brainspace, the world's leading data analytics platform for Investigations, eDiscovery & Compliance. Their patented technology is designed to accelerate the process of identifying what matters, and their Augmented Intelligence solution quickly surfaces data insights while reducing an organization's legal risk. This year's Scholarship Program includes:

  • Ten full scholarships for the Brainspace Analyst Certification, a seven hour online foundational course that covers all of the major features of Brainspace as well as training on standard use cases and their associated workflow.
  • Ten full scholarships for the Brainspace Specialist Certification, a five hour online course that covers managing Datasets, Connectors, user permissions and basic troubleshooting in Brainspace. Ideal for users that typically manage the process of loading data into Brainspace.

Please visit the Branspace website for more information about these certifications and learn more about Brainspace in the recent article "Brainspace Makes (Brain) Waves by Certifying Online," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


EDT is case management software for e-discovery, litigation and investigations. It integrates data processing, analysis, review and production features and can even be used to prepare for and present in court. EDT is trusted by an international blue chip client base including Global 100 law firms, top tier accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, forensic experts and consulting service providers. This year's scholarship program includes:

  • Five full scholarships for the Certified EDT Reviewer Course. This training and certification is suited to individuals who will be using EDT to search, review, and code documents. This will typically be applicable to users that understand the factual and legal circumstances of the case. The course consists of 7 training videos plus an online exam.
  • Five full scholarships for the Certified EDT Processing Analyst Course. This training and certification is designed for technical users who will be responsible for the ingestion of data, both structured load files and native and forensic files, quality assurance activities, and export productions. The course consists of 4 training videos plus an online exam.

These trainings take place online, on-demand, and all require basic computer competency and fundamental knowledge of legal document review. For more information about EDT, please visit the EDT site and read "Mainstream Alternatives: Cyber & ESI Certifications Making Moves in a New Era," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


The International Association of Privacy Professionals is a resource for professionals who want to develop and advance their careers by helping their organizations successfully manage risks and protect their data. This year's scholarship program includes one full scholarship for the following:

  • CCPA Ready Training Bundle program – This online course provides the knowledge to become a CCPA-Ready privacy pro or data protection officer with a combination of the Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) training. It also includes a complimentary one-year IAPP Membership.

This training takes place online. For more information about IAPP, please visit the IAPP site and read "Privacy Is Becoming an Alternative Career Path For Thousands," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


iCONECT is an industry leader in developing innovative legal review software and services that empower legal teams to complete complex review projects more cost-effectively. With the release of iCONECT-XERA eDiscovery Review Platform, iCONECT raises the bar for advancements in developing intelligent, easy-to-use tools that help hosting providers, law firms, corporations and government agencies worldwide optimize workflows and manage big data more efficiently. This year's scholarship program includes:

Ideal candidates will have at least one year of experience working in an e-discovery platform and an in-depth familiarity with the e-discovery process. These courses take place online throughout the year. Each class is three afternoons during one week, and then another week is given to complete the required exercise. For more information about iCONECT, please visit the iCONECT site and read "University Usage of ESI Technology Gives Rise to Alternative Career Paths for Lawyers," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


Ipro Tech's Trial Director 360 allows users to present virtually any type of document or media from a PC and to create deposition clips in a snap. The software streamlines the entire trial presentation process with one simple tool. This year's scholarship program includes:

  • Two full scholarships for TrialDirector 360 Certified Administrator training, including TrialDirector 360 software for one year and up to two free attempts to pass the online and practical exams. This a two-day course that takes place at Ipro's location in Tempe, Arizona.

To learn more about this scholarship, please visit the Ipro site and check out this recent article about Ipro, part of TRU's certification series.


Nuix provides full-scale solutions for Compliance and Threat Prevention, time sensitive Discovery and Investigation, and Enterprise Big Data. Nuix customers include powerful institutions: major financial regulators, law enforcement agencies, global corporations, intelligence agencies, the United Nations, and all leading advisory firms and litigation support vendors. This year's scholarship program includes:

  • One full scholarship for Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Core, a one-day introductory certification training for students new to Nuix Workstation that teaches foundational knowledge including creating cases, data processing, searching and reviewing, and Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Specialist, a two-day hands-on certification course focusing on case data processing, ECA, deduplication, searching and analysis, email threading, production sets, and exports which will show you the practical steps of determining relevancy of collected information
  • One full scholarship for Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Core, a one-day certification class designed for investigators in both the public and private sector new to Nuix Workstation, and Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Foundations, a two-day certification intended for the agent or analyst tasked with the day-to-day responsibilities of analyzing disparate types of electronic evidence, ideal for those responsible for digital investigations in both law enforcement and/or corporate environments.
  • One full scholarship for Nuix Discover End User, a one-day introductory certification class that teaches students new to Nuix Discover review and searching, review setup, coding documents and printing and reporting. Designed for the reviewer, paralegal, case management and litigation staff who are new to Nuix Discover.

These courses take place online or in various metropolitan areas throughout the year. For more information, please visit the Nuix training site and read "When Products Start Teaching Cybersecurity Process," part of TRU's ongoing monthly certification series.


OpenText provides market-leading applications for endpoint data security and Digital Investigations with the EnCase suite of software. This year's scholarship program includes:

  • Two full scholarships to attend the OpenText Enterprise World 2020 Conference September 29 to October 1 in Las Vegas, which includes 3500+ attendees, 300+ sessions, 150+ speakers, and 25+ training courses. This is ideal for someone seeking to get into the Digital Forensic/Incident Response/Cybersecurity field.

For more information about the conference, please visit theOpenText Enterprise World 2020 Conference site and read "The IGP and CFSR: Transitioning Your E-Discovery Career Into a Cybersecurity One," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


Paraben Corporation is an investigative technology company providing software for mobile forensics and computer forensics. Paraben's E3 Platform is a Universal platform for all types of data associated with digital forensics, including computers, email, smartphones, and IoT devices. This year's scholarship program includes:

  • Two full scholarships for E3 Mobile Fast Track with a E3:DS Software license. This is a beginner level course, where the ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of digital forensics.

The Mobile Fast Track course is a 3 day course. They are live only in various cities throughout the year, including locations in TX, OH, CA, and GA. For more information about Paraben, please visit the Paraben training site and read "IoT Offers Potential Career Specialization and, Now, Certification," part of TRU's ongoing certification series.


Relativity software has more than 150,000 active users in more than 40 countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 195 of the Am Law 200. Relativity helps corporations, law firms, and government agencies meet e-discovery challenges with a complete set of flexible tools and on-demand solutions to tackle every phase of a project. This year's Scholarship Program includes six full scholarships in the following three packages:

Please visit the Relativity Training Site for more information about this training and read "Distinction Now Comes from Specialization in the Relativity Ecosystem," part of TRU's ongoing monthly certification series.