Eligibility for the SFS program:Students interested in participating in the SFS program must be:
- A United States citizen or permanent resident
- A full time senior, MS, or PhD student
- Able to meet selection criteria for federal government employment. Final job placement may require a security clearance, so each scholarship recipient may be required to undergo the background investigation required to obtain such a clearance.
- Competitive students will have a strong GPA
(>=3.3/4.0) or government/national lab internship
In return for receiving scholarship benefits, each scholarship recipient incurs two obligations:
- During the summers while enrolled in the program, each student must find an internship position at an executive federal agency (or other approved federal agency). Numerous resources are available to assist students in identifying and applying for internships.
- Upon graduation, each student will be required to work in a qualified position for an executive federal agency (or other approved federal agency). The work requirement time period matches the supported time period. For example, a full two-year scholarship requires two years of federal employment. Each student is responsible for identifying, applying for, and securing a qualified position. Numerous resources are available including an annual job fair specifically for SFS students as well as the assistance of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which oversees permanent placement for scholarship students. Nearly 100% former SFS scholars have successfully fulfilled this requirement. Failing this service obligation will result in reimbursement of full amount of scholarship (including tuition, fees, stipend, professional development cost, health insurance, book allowance) received with possible interests.