Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Who Is Eligible:

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, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees; and work during the summers 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: must maintain a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale after your 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.


•Must be a U.S. citizen
•Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
•A high school senior at the time of application
•A minimum SAT/College Board score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math) or ACT of 25
•Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
•Demonstrated leadership abilities

Program applications will be accepted between September 1st and october 31st each year. Applications must be submitted online and postmarked before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as imcomplete packets, will not be considered. 


To apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, applicants must first:



Once your resume has been submitted online, please submit the following by mail:


ALL resumes must include the following information:


Submit your completed application package to:
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Rd., Suite 6779
Attention: MB3, Stokes Program


Deadline: 11/15/2018 Same every year
Amount: $30,000
How to apply:


  1. Tuition and mandatory fees of up to $30,000 per year at the college of your choice
  2. Housing and travel entitlements available during summer employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75 miles)
  3. Year-round salary
  4. Guaranteed continued employment with NSA after graduation
  5. Receive annual and sick leave and paid federal holidays
  6. Health and life insurance
  7. Participation in federal retirement plans