Qualifications for High School Students – You must major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering and meet the following requirements:
1. Must be a U.S. citizen
2. Eligible to be granted a security clearance
3. A high school senior at the time of application
4. A minimum SAT/College Board score of 1600 (1100 Critical Reading and Math, 500 in Writing) or ACT of 25
5. A GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is preferred
6. Demonstrated leadership abilities
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program) was proposed and introduced into legislation in 1986. Its purpose is to facilitate the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA.
Stokes provides a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field while attending college and getting a degree. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.
As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, you will attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. You’ll acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary. (Please note: Eligible students must maintain a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale after their freshman year.) If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition and book costs.
1. Tuition and mandatory fees at the college of your choice
2. Reimbursement for required textbooks ($1,500 per year limit)
3. Housing and travel entitlements during summer employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75 miles)
4. Year-round salary while attending college
5. Continued employment with NSA after graduation
6. Paid-time off
7. Health and life insurance
8. Participation in federal retirement plan.