The National Security Agency OnRamp II Scholarship is open for STEM Sophomore-Seniors and Graduate Students

The National Security Agency OnRamp II Scholarship is open for STEM applicants.  Email your completed packet to cs@utsa.edu 

Resources for Students

The purpose of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) OnRamp II program is to promote the technical health and diversity of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students will be pursuing employment with NSA while enhancing their academic caliber.

An important element of the educational partnerships with academic institutions designated as OnRamp II schools includes:

  • Academic scholarship for up to three years for qualified undergraduate and graduate students in exchange for one year of employment payback for each year of support. Deferment will be allowed for undergraduates who pursue graduate studies.
  • Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Academic and career advice and assistance with NSA procedures and processing.  
  • Opportunity for mission-focused cybersecurity research.
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NSA OnRamp II Application Materials

  • Current resume to include relevant professional experiences such as internships and positions of employment. Include all scholarships, academic honors, STEM student leadership roles, honorary societies, and any other recognition relevant to the selected field of study since entering college. Any notable contributions to STEM prior to college should be highlighted as well.  Test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT) will not be evaluated.
  • Up-to-date official transcript submitted as an electronic PDF.
  • If applicable, copies of relevant publications and presentations pertaining to the STEM fields such as articles, journal submissions, conference presentations, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of the nominee’s potential for successful learning and contribution. At least one must be from a current STEM faculty member.
  • Statement of ability to meet security clearance requirements, necessary for employment and paid internship work. Submit a statement with your packet that you meet this requirements.
  • Statement of acknowledgement from nominee that they have read and agree to sign the OnRamp II Scholarship Agreement, outlining internship and service obligations.  Submit a statement with your packet that have read and agree to sign the OnRamp II Scholarship Agreement, outlining internship and service obligations.

Submit these documents to CS@utsa.edu

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Eligibility for NSA OnRamp II Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration for the OnRamp II scholarship, students must meet all of the following:

  • United States citizen.
  • Current or prospective enrollment in a STEM discipline full time as an undergraduate (except for freshman), master’s and/or doctoral student, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale as determined by the academic institution.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

  1. What is the OnRamp II Scholarship Program?

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) OnRamp II Scholarship Program fosters educational partnerships between NSA and academic institutions to promote the technical health and diversity of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  An important element of this partnership includes: scholarships, internships, and opportunity for mission-focused research.

  1. Where/ how do I start to apply for the OnRamp II scholarship?

To be eligible for the OnRamp II Scholarship Program you must be a student at one of the following schools:

  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Texas A&M University: Includes Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and West Texas A&M University.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Texas at San Antonio.

Details on where/how to apply for the OnRamp II Scholarship Program can be found on the OnRamp II Flyer.

  1. Can this scholarship be combined with other scholarships? Will this effect financial aid? Can a student be awarded more than one scholarship?

Academic scholarships are awarded annually to ungraduated and graduate students of designated OnRamp II academic institutions.  Students may receive scholarship funding for up to three years to complete their course of study.  Other scholarships and/or aide can be applied if tuition and mandatory fees exceed the amount of an OnRamp II scholarship. Award of an OnRamp II scholarships will not affect a student’s ability to receive other financial aid. 

  1. What if a student needs to drop or change a class? 

Students desiring to drop or change a class must notify the EPA Partner Program Manager at their school, as well as the NSA OnRamp II Program Office in advance of taking any action. Refer to Section I of the Student Handbook for details.

  1. Can a student receive a waiver from the internship obligation if their clearance is not granted in time? 

The NSA OnRamp II Program Office can waive the 12-week internship requirement if a student does not receive a clearance in time to fulfill this particular obligation.  Should a student receive a waiver, the service obligation will be extended by an additional 12 weeks. 

  1. Will the OnRamp II Program support graduate and PhD studies? 

Yes. However, for this inaugural academic year (2021/22), support for sophomore and junior undergraduates will be a priority. 

  1. How will GPA be calculated for transfer students? 

GPA will be determined by the designated OnRamp II academic institution, a transfer GPA will not be considered.  

  1. Does the OnRamp II Program support post docs? 

No, post doc support is not within the scope of the program.  

  1. How many years can a student receive scholarship funding? 

Academic scholarships are awarded annually to ungraduated and graduate students of designated OnRamp II academic institutions.  Students funded by the OnRamp II Program will be given priority for scholarship consideration for a total of three years to complete their course of study. 

  1. What does OnRamp II scholarship funding cover?

The recipient of OnRamp II scholarship funding will receive up to $25,000 per academic year to cover:

  • Tuition support and education related fees (does not include meal plans, housing or parking).
  • Books (to include e-books and audio books) and school supplies up to $3000 per academic year.
  • Professional development up to $2000 per academic year (e.g. conference fees, certification training, and travel).

Scholarship funding cannot be used for stipends or administrative activities associated with managing the OnRamp II Program. 

[1]  Students must be U.S. citizens and satisfy NSA’s security clearance requirements to be eligible for employment and paid internship work. Students must agree in writing: to complete all degree program requirements for which scholarship is provided and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter; and to reimburse the United States for the total cost of scholarship provided through the OnRAMP II program if, prior to the participant completing all degree requirements, the participant’s employment with the Agency is terminated due to misconduct by the participant, by the program participant voluntarily, or by the Agency for failure of the participant to maintain such level of academic standing outlined for OnRAMP II. The procedure to reimburse the United States will be described in the EPA.  Students who are unable to satisfy NSA’s requirements for a security clearance and thus are unable to undergo a summer internship will have their scholarship funding curtailed. 

[2]  The service obligation calculation is based on 1 year of employment payback for each year of support.  Deferment will be allowed for undergraduates who pursue graduate studies.  Students must agree in writing to continue in the service of the Agency for the described internship and the period of service obligation

[3] Like the students seeking internship opportunities, faculty members seeking a sabbatical at NSA must be U.S. citizens and satisfy NSA’s security clearance requirements.

[4] Under 10 USC 2192(b), NSA may enter into contracts in furtherance of an EPA.  NSA envisions the potential of either sole-source or competitive contracts with OnRamp II Schools where the contractual efforts align with and support the goals of the EPA.  For a description of a lablet, see the following:  NSA Cybersecurity Lablet:

https://www.nsa.gov/News-Features/New-Stories/Article-View/Article/1624730/new-nsa-funded-lablets-to-advance-the-science-of-security-and-privacy

 

 

 

 

 

DEADLINE: March 19, 2021

 

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