Intelligence Community Scholars

The Hume Center administers the Intelligence Community Scholars Program at Virginia Tech, which is supported by our flagship education partner SAIC, the Hume Center's Academic Affiliates Program, the Mark Kusiak memorial fund, and the Hume Endowment.

The IC Scholars program is a scholarship and fellowship program for students involved in the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Hume Center's NSEP offers an annual scholarship and fellowship program for students interested in careers in the national security sector, both in industry and government service.

The following classes of scholarships and fellowships are available:

  • Four-year, $15,000/year undergraduate scholarship
  • Two-year, $4,000/year undergraduate scholarship
  • One-year, $4,000 undergraduate scholarship (see Mark Kusiak Scholar requirements)
  • Two-year, $3,000/year graduate fellowship
  • One-year, $1,500 scholarship open to undergraduate or graduate students

Student Requirements

Key requirements for applicants are as follows:

  • Must be a current student of Virginia Tech, or have been admitted to either an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Must be interested in a career in intelligence, defense, or national security.
  • Have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. (For the Kusiak scholarship, be a CS or ECE undergraduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA.)

Selected students are required to:

  • participate in NSEP and attend at least three events each semester;
  • apply for and if accepted, complete an internship with an organization, agency, or company servicing the intelligence, defense, or national security sector;
  • maintain specific minimum GPA requirements (Freshman 3.0, Sophomore 3.25, Junior/Senior/Graduate 3.5);
  • undergraduate scholars are required to identify a focused area of independent student research related to the IC or National Security, develop and present a research poster at the IC Colloquium and write a final report on the topic; and
  • graduate scholars are required to select a thesis or dissertation topic with applications to National Security.

Note that the Mark Kusiak Scholar requirements differ somewhat from the above.

We encourage applications from students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, but any major is eligible for the scholarships. We seek a diverse pool of applicants. Students with a financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the review process.

To Apply

Applications to the IC Scholars program are due Monday, April 24:  

To apply to the NSEP: NSEP application (rolling deadline)

Note that the application to internships and jobs is a critical metric for both NSEP and the IC agencies and will help determine whether the program and agency visits are continued. The exception to this is applications to NCS at CIA, where we don't collect information.

If you have any questions about the IC Scholars program, or the application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Stephanie Plum.