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CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program was developed, in part, to assist minority and disabled students, but the opportunity is available to all students who meet the requirements. Sponsored by the U.S. government's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the program consists of an actual scholarship award and a full-time paid summer job in Washington, DC.

Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a 4-5 year college program in the United States, or college freshmen or sophomores who are already enrolled in a 4-5 year college program. Eligible majors can vary from computer science to engineering to foreign language to human resources.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be 18 years of age by April 1st of their high school senior year, must have a minimum SAT score of 1500, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Students will be required to submit a copy of their school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

In addition, because the CIA is a federal government agency, all applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. Any drug use within the last 12 months will automatically disqualify the applicant.

If accepted, recipients will be hired to work at the CIA headquarters in Washington, DC during their summer break. They complete work sessions, increasing their knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying academic skills. They will be paid a salary with a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement. They will also receive up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in OCTOBER of each year, and the award amount is usually up to $18,000.

For more details, visit www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-scholarship-program.html