National Security Agency
Scholarship Name: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Description: This scholarship sponsored by the NSA is designed to recruit minority students directly into the NSA, while at the same time diversifying some of the fields in which minorities are currently under-represented (engineering, computer science and math). The scholarship package is extensive: you will receive full tuition and room and board, a book allowance and a year-round salary that you earn by working summers as an intern at the NSA. You’ll have a guarantee of employment after you complete your college, as long as you keep your grade up and complete your internship requirements. If for any reason you decide to leave the program early, you’ll actually have to reimburse the government for the money they put toward your schooling. Therefore, you should not decide to apply for this scholarship lightly.
Award: Full tuition
Awards per Year: Varies
Award is Open to: High School Seniors, Undergraduate Students (Sophomores)
Major/Field of Study: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics
How to Apply/Contact: Find out what you’ll need to complete your scholarship package and mail it to the address indicated on the NSA website. Make sure that you read all of the eligibility criteria, especially the fine print!
See Also: Prestigious Scholarship, Scholarships for Computer Science Majors, Scholarships for Engineering Majors
U.S. Department of Education
Scholarship Name: Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
Description: The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and unlike many other federally funded higher education programs is a merit-based scholarship program, rather than a need-based one. While the scholarship is funded on the federal level, scholarships are awarded on the state level, and you’ll have to contact your state’s education department to find out more about application deadlines.
Awards per Year: 6,500
Award is Open to: Undergraduate Students, High School Students
Major/Field of Study: Open
How to Apply/Contact: While you’ll have to apply directly on the state level, the Department of Education website is still the best place to start to learn more about this scholarship.
See Also: Prestigious Scholarships