CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

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Application Deadline

July 31

Awarded By:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the needs of the departments.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must demonstrate financial need for tuition assistance (household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more). If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the household income ceiling is $35,000 or less.
  4. Must be 18 years of age by April 1 of his/her senior year.
  5. Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Must have an SAT score of 1500 or higher (1000 math and critical reading, 500 writing) OR an ACT score of 21 or higher (high school students only).
  7. Must enroll full time.
  8. Must be a high school senior planning to enroll in a four- or five-year college program or a college freshman or sophomore who is currently enrolled in a four- or five-year college program at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: High school seniors and current college freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an SAT score of 1000 or higher or an ACT score of 21 or higher are eligible to apply for this award. Students must be available to work in the Washington, D.C. area and agree to continue employment with the CIA after graduation.

Application requirements for the CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Test scores
Additional Information: Eligible applicants must meet the same employment standards as permanent CIA employees and successfully complete both security and medical processing. To be considered suitable for CIA employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing. Recipients are required to work at a CIA facility during summer breaks. The CIA will pay the cost of transportation between school and Washington, D.C. each summer as well as a housing allowance. Recipients are also asked to continue employment with the CIA after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of their college sponsorship.

Award Amount: Scholars selected for the program are provided an annual salary; a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per school year for tuition, fees, books and supplies. The award is renewable as long as the recipient maintains full-time enrollment during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $72,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 31, 2021

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, July 31, 2021

Detailed information is available online from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) website. To apply for this award, students must create a login and submit an online resume. Please note: Applications are accepted from April 1 to July 31. Qualified applicants will be contacted after submitting their resumes and asked to provide the following information: SAT/ACT scores; the names and ages of all family dependents and gross family income for current and previous years; a copy of school transcripts; two letters of recommendation; a Scholarship Program Application; and a Qualification Supplement. The student should note that a copy of his/her most current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or SAR (Student Aid Report) must be submitted upon request. The FAFSA is available online at, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices; the SAR is generated by filing the FAFSA. All applicants must also successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation.
Contact: -
Address: Central Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs Washington, District of Columbia 20505

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