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The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA)

This full-time scholarship program replaced the Undergraduate Training Program (UTP). The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is available to high school students (seniors) who have demonstrated skills in the critical areas of computer science and electrical engineering and are planning to major in them. The Stokes program offers up to $30,000 a year for tuition as well as an opportunity to work in the summer at NSA for 3 months in those areas mentioned above; housing and entitlements are provided in excess of 75 miles. The student will also receive a salary for the entire year along with guaranteed employment at NSA after graduation. As a program recipient, benefits, including paid leave, holidays, insurance and 401K plans are included. There are several requirements in conjunction with the application, selection and post-selection of the award.


Specifically, a student must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA for each semester in their freshman year and then a 3.0 GPA going forward. In addition, once selected, there is a requirement to work in your chosen area of study at NSA post-graduation for at least one and a half times the length of study; any prior departure from this employment will require reimbursement of tuition received. The requirement includes the ability to major in computer science where there is an opportunity to work on applications programming, security, graphics, design and implementation and more, or computer/electrical engineering challenges in applied research, design, testing and development, project management, and system analysis.

You must be a U.S. citizen, eligible to receive a security clearance, 3.0 or higher GPA (preferred), high school senior at time of application, minimum SAT or college board score of 1200 or ACT of 25, and demonstrate leadership abilities.

Applications are accepted in the Fall (September-October) and include an application, resume submission, letter of recommendation, essay requirement, transcripts and testing scores. More information and additional details can be found on the website below or by calling: 1-866-NSA-HIRE.

There are many programs available for students to explore including the High School Work Study Program.  If the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program doesn’t fit your interests or qualifications checkout other internships and learn how to apply and submit applications.

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About The Author

Dr. Donna Day is a Manager at the Department of Defense, where she has been for more than 30 years. With a background in Information Assurance, Customer Engagement and Marketing, more recently she has been studying Cyber security Policy and Management at the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). She earned her Doctor of Management, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science Degree in Technology Management at UMUC and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Day is also an Adjunct Professor at Norwich University in Vermont, where she teaches Cyber security, Critical Infrastructure and Information Assurance courses to a myriad of students, worldwide, from across the intelligence community. A published author, Baltimore Ravens fan, and life-long learner, she enjoys writing, traveling, cooking, and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.