Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - Language

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 1, 2023
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If you are selected as a program participant, you are required to work in a foreign language program majoring in Russian or Chinese at NSA after 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 of their freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after their freshman year.
Salary: $23,612 annually, plus locality. (GG 2 Step 1)
The National Security Agency (NSA) is currently accepting applications from across the country for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program-Language. This tuition assistance program is looking for high school seniors, minorities, who are planning to pursue Studies in Chinese or Russian language as a part of their college degree program. Selected participants in the Stokes Program receive an annual salary and receive up to $30,000 for tuition and mandatory educational fees per academic year. A position in the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program-Language 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 (Chinese or Russian language).
Program applications will be accepted September 1st - 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 email required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for online applications is Tuesday, October 31st all information submitted by email must be sent by Tuesday, October 31st to be eligible for consideration. This year we are accepting applications from high school seniors planning to pursue studies in Chinese or Russian language as part of their college degree program. To apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program-Language, applicants must first: Click the 'Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the 'Submit' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from 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: - Planned Language of Study (Chinese or Russian) - Preferred College Major (Acceptable majors include: Chinese, Russian, Linguistics, Regional/Area Studies, International Relations, Finance/Economics, Journalism, Political Science, History, Data Science, Topical Studies (counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, international crime, etc.) *Preferred College must have a strong language program for students to be exposed to accepted language every semester and have the opportunity to improve/advance in that language. -Highest SAT score for Math, Verbal and Writing (if taken) - AP or 3rd level or higher World Language coursework *If available, students may also submit evidence of achieving Seal of Illiteracy as set by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) or results from ACTFL, National Examination for World Language (NEWL), or other relevant language examinations.*** - 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 via email to (if possible, we encourage you to send all of these items in one packet): 1. Resume 2. Two Letters of Recommendation: ' Language: Teacher that can attest to proficiency 3. Official Transcript from High School and College if college courses show language coursework 4. Verification of AP/IB test scores and/or Seal of Bi-literacy (If granted) 5. One-page essay entitled, "I want a career using my world language skills because..." 6. 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... 1-844-424-4737 or 410/854-4725 (For the phone menu options, please select Student Programs and then Stokes) Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. Please visit our Diversity link for more information. The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace. 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.
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