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The CCAS Scholarship

A new ACAMS scholarship program that enables and empowers professionals from diverse backgrounds to advance their careers in financial crime prevention.

    Make your AML career crypto ready.

    ACAMS is offering 30 CCAS Certification packages at no cost to professionals from diverse backgrounds.

    About the Certified Cryptoasset Anti-Financial Crime Specialist (CCAS) Scholarship

    ACAMS is committed to creating opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals pursuing a career in financial crime prevention. This is part of our wider diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitment.


    As part of this commitment, we are providing 30 scholarships for the Certified Cryptoasset Anti-Financial Crime Specialist Certification (CCAS) to anti-financial crime (AFC) professionals from diverse backgrounds. This scholarship includes:


    • ­The CCAS exam package, including the Virtual Classroom series and study materials
    • A one-year ACAMS membership


    The CCAS scholarship aims to bolster the compliance toolkits and professional development of diverse financial crime professionals involved in the cryptoasset space.

    How to Apply

    To apply for the scholarship, applicants need to submit the materials below to ACAMS:


    • A resume/CV
    • An interview video (100MB max file size): in two minutes or less, please tell us what motivates you to apply for the scholarship and how CCAS will help you with your current role or future career plans.


    We do not accept applications via email. Materials should be uploaded via our online application form.

    Who Should Apply?

    The CCAS scholarship is for professionals who are pursuing a career in cryptoasset-related AML compliance identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC). It is designed for those who:

    • Demonstrate a passion for the cryptoasset sector and compliance
    • Work in the cryptoasset industry (regulated and non-regulated), or outside of the cryptoasset sector in more traditional financial services institutions, law enforcement or the regulation domain
    • Want to advance their career in financial crime prevention in the unique context of cryptoassets
    • Have approximately 18 months to two years of AFC experience and, ideally, at least one year in the cryptoasset space
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    Application Timeline

    The application process is now open through August 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

    ACAMS will publicly announce the successful recipients on Monday, October 31, 2022. Candidates will be notified privately before the public announcement.

    Please review our frequently asked questions below for more information about the scholarship and application process.

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    Disclosure for CCAS Scholarship

    By applying for the CCAS Scholarship, the applicant:


    (1) agrees to provide ACAMS a testimonial and grants to ACAMS the irrevocable right and permission to use any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, video recordings or images, sound recordings or other images of the applicant either submitted with the application or taken by ACAMS:


    To use, re‐use, publish, re‐publish, copy, modify, display and create derivative works in whole or in section, individually or in conjunction with other photographs, film, video, or other images, sound recordings or testimonials in any medium or format whatsoever (including without limitation, in and on print publications, the internet and other digital transmission or delivery methods) and for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation in advertising, marketing, publications, electronic distribution, and the internet and for any other commercial purpose without further consent; and


    (a) To use the applicant’s name, image, likeness, voice, other personal characteristics and professional and personal biographical information in connection therewith; and


    (b) To copyright the same in the name of ACAMS, or any other name that ACAMS may choose; and


    (2) waives any and all rights to such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonials (written or oral) and assigns all such rights in perpetuity to ACAMS and its affiliates and successors.


    The applicant acknowledges and agrees that ACAMS has the right to use any materials, including images, the applicant submits for marketing purposes as determined by ACAMS. ACAMS will not be liable to the applicant for its use of such materials or images.


    The applicant understands that there will be no payment or other compensation for the permitted use of any testimonial (written or oral), photographs, film, video, other images or sound recordings received or taken by ACAMS or of the applicant’s name, likeness or personal characteristics.


    ACAMS shall be the exclusive owner of all rights, including copyright, in the materials. The applicant forever releases and discharges ACAMS from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of such photographs, film, video or other images, sound recordings, or testimonial (written or oral), including but not limited to any claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, emotional distress or any similar right.


    The applicant undertakes and warrants that they do not have a relationship with ACAMS, or with anyone employed at either company, and this includes:


    (a) Serving as a current employee in any capacity at ACAMS; and


    (b) Being related to anyone employed at ACAMS as either a spouse, domestic partner, parent, child or spouse of a child, brother, sister, or spouse of a brother or sister.


    The applicant represents and warrants that any testimonial (written or oral) given is original and does not infringe upon the copyright or proprietary rights of another person or entity.


    The applicant further warrants the information they submit will not contain any material which is defamatory, private, confidential, or which is unlawful in any way. Any application found to be in breach of the foregoing statement will be disqualified.