Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
The National Security Agency (NSA) is currently accepting applications from across the country for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program. This tuition assistance program is looking for high school seniors, particularly minorities, who are interested in pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering.
Selected participants in the Stokes Program receive an annual salary and receive up to $30,000 for tuition and mandatory educational fees per academic year.
A position in the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program means you will attend classes full-time at the college of your choice in the U.S., and then work during the summer at NSA for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. If you are selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study at NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-a-half times your length of study. If you should leave NSA employment earlier, we'll make arrangements for you to pay back the government for your tuition and mandatory educational fees. Also, students accepted into the program must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary: $21,974 annually, plus locality.
How To Apply - External
Program applications will be accepted between September 1st thru October 31st. Please read and follow all application instructions to ensure that your application packet is complete.
** PLEASE NOTE: This is a two part application, you must apply to this job posting AND mail in required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for online applications is October 31st and all information submitted by mail must be postmarked by October 31st to be eligible for consideration.
This year we are accepting applications from high school seniors planning to major in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering.
To apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, applicants must first:
Click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from (see application details).
You must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you cannot upload a resume):
Under Applicant personal information:
- Street Address
- City, State & Zip Code
- E-mail Address
- Phone Number
- Date of Birth
Under Resume Objective:
- Preferred College Major (Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering)
- Highest SAT score for Math, Verbal and Writing (if taken)
***Due to COVID: In Lieu of SAT/ACT test scores, please indicate that the following requirements are met (a minimum of 1 Physics or Calculus course, and a combination of 2 courses (minimum) of either Computer Science, Computer Programming or Engineering).***
- ACT scores (if taken)
- College Board score (applicable in Puerto Rico)
- Class size & rank (if applicable)
Under Work Experience
- Past and current employment
- Volunteer work
- Extracurricular activities
- School activities
- High school name, un-weighted GPA, expected graduation date
Under Other Professional Details
- AP and/or IB courses taken/taking
- Any college courses taken/taking
- Leadership positions held
- Other technical skills
Once your application has been submitted online, please submit the following by mail (if possible, we encourage you to send all of these items in one packet):
1. Letter of Recommendation (ex: from a teacher/counselor/advisor) who can attest to your academic ability.
2. One-page essay entitled, "I want a career at NSA because..."
3. An official transcript from your high school which indicates your cumulative GPA and class rank (if applicable).
4. Copy of your SAT/ACT or College Board scores, if available.
5. OPTIONAL three (3) pages of supplemental information. This information can be anything that would enhance your application, such as an original essay, another letter of recommendation, etc...
National Security Agency
Attn: Stokes Program
9800 Savage Road, Suite: 6779
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6779
1-(see application details) or (see application details)
(For the phone menu options, please select Student Programs and then Stokes)
All positions in the National Security Agency are in the excepted service.
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. A security clearance must be granted prior to employment and you will be required to undergo extensive pre-employment processing. This includes: aptitude testing; an interview with a psychologist and a security interview conducted with the aid of a polygraph; and a personnel interview. The final stage of processing will be successful completion of a background investigation.
Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.