The Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship (STOKES) Program is for a small number of high-achieving high school seniors and college freshman and sophomores interested in a career in public service. STOKES is a needs based program offering tuition assistance to students enrolled at accredited colleges or universities, while also providing challenging summer work, and guaranteed employment in their field of study upon graduation. Students attend classes full-time during the academic year, and work at DIA during the summer in positions related to their course of study. While in the program, students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
To be eligible for a STOKES assignment, candidates must:
A) Be enrolled or seeking enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program.
B) For high school applicants, possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale AND a minimum score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative section and 500 on the writing portions of the SAT. In lieu of SAT scores, applicants may apply with a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT.
C) For college applicants, possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
D) Demonstrate a financial need: household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
E) Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
F) All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.