CIA Scholarship Program Application

If you are a high school senior planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, or you are a college freshman or sophomore enrolled in a 4-or 5-year college program, who is looking for career experience in a dynamic environment, apply to the CIA’s Undergraduate Scholar Program and contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate. The Program is a financial needs-based scholarship program that offers students unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. The winning candidates will be given up to $18,000 per the calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books.

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947. CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • 18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year
  • 1500 SAT (1000 Math & Critical Reading, 500 Writing) or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students)
  • 0/4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher
  • 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
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing
  • Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment

How to Apply:

 Supporting Documents:

All applicants must provide the following information with their online application or they will not be considered for the program.

  • 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
  • A copy of your school transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Scholarship Program Application.
  • Qualification Supplement.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Once selected, you will be given an annual salary, a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per the calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, and books.
  • You’ll be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA.
  • We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer and provide a daily allowance for lodging, meals, and incidentals.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the scholarship program are accepted from April 1 – September 23.

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