CIA Undergraduate Scholarship

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship

Through the CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program, the Central Intelligence Agency is pleased to offer eligible students a wonderful opportunity to uplift themselves.  To be eligible, an applicant must be 18 years of age by date of application to the scholarship program. The program offers undergraduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Provided By:

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security, and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Key Details:              

  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Deadline: July 31, 2018
  • Winner Announcement: Not Known


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age by date of application to the scholarship program.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the gross annual household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four or less, 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 gross annual household income ceiling is $35,000 or less.
  • 1000 SAT (new official score scale) or 1500 (old score scale); or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students)
  • Acceptance at a 4- or 5-year college/university; or pursuing an undergraduate degree as a full-time student enrolled in or planning to take, at least 9 credits per semester.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for high school and/or college.
  • Availability to work at least two 90-day summer tours prior to graduation and willingness to work at CIA full time after graduation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Academic excellence in core subjects related to your college major or desired major.
  • Relevant practical or job experience in your field of interest.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language. Languages of interest are listed on our Foreign Language page here:
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities.
  • Genuine interest in contributing to CIA’s mission.

Instructions for Applying:

Interested applicants should apply online through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

The following items must be attached to your online application (PDF format preferred):

  • A cover sheet listing all documents attached
  • SAT or ACT scores (for high school seniors who are taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please make note of your test date in your application).
  • Names and ages of all family dependents and proof of gross annual household income. Please provide one of the following documents to prove that you meet the financial requirements of the program:
    • Either a copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA),
    • Or a copy of the most recent W2(s) stating gross annual household income
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scholarship Program Application
  • Qualification Supplement

Award Amount:               

If selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per the calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books
  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC
  • Annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Federal retirement plans
  • Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave

Detailed Information Link: