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Athena Recon Scholarship Program

The NRO Athena Recon Scholarship Program offers four undergraduate rising seniors full-time employment in a Federal Government position. Participants will complete a two-year Professional Development Plan developed by the NRO. At the end of the second year, the NRO will provide full-time academic sponsorship for participants to obtain a master's degree in a field related to their area of responsibility. Upon completion of the master's degree, a six-year service obligation will be required.

Program Requirements

  • Currently enrolled as undergraduate students and majoring in a field of study needed by the NRO
  • United States Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale
  • Willing to relocate to the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and drug screening
  • Provide copies of current transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation (three)
For more information about the Athena Recon Scholarship Program, contact the NRO Office of Strategic Human Capital at 1-800-306-6990 x2102 or email

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