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Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - 30001061
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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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, 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.
While the eligibility requirements for our Stokes Program are subject to change from year to year, below you will find our basic prerequisites.

High School Seniors (applying for Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering):

     - U.S. Citizenship
     - Minimum SAT score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math), or ACT score of 25, or equivalent College Board Score.
     - Preferred GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
     - Demonstrated leadership abilities
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary: $21,121 annually, plus locality.
How To Apply - External
Program applications will be accepted between September 1st and 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 Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.  After completing the application and clicking the `Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov.

You must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you cannot upload a resume):

Under Applicant personal information:
     - Name
     - 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
     - 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

Under Education
     - 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.

     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...

Mailing address:

National Security Agency
Attn: Stokes Program
9800 Savage Road, Suite: 6779
Fort George G. Meade, MD  20755-6779

1-844-424-4737 or 410/854-4725
(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.
DCIPS Disclaimer
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.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.