National Security Agency awards scholarships to four A&M-San Antonio students

By University Communications

Wednesday, 07 07 2021

“OnRamp” boosts careers in STEM fields through educational partnership

SAN ANTONIO — The National Security Agency (NSA) has selected four Texas A&M University-San Antonio students to receive scholarships as a pathway to STEM careers through OnRamp II, a federally designated education partnership agreement. The program creates expedited pathways to security careers for talented underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.

“The NSA’s OnRamp program is an excellent avenue for A&M-San Antonio students to prepare for careers in high-demand areas of STEM,” said Dr. Marvin Lutnesky, professor and Chair of the Department of Life Sciences at A&M-San Antonio. “Being selected for this NSA scholarship can be a life-changing opportunity for students,” said Lutnesky.

Student participants will enhance their academic capabilities and pursue security research on an expedited track to employment with the NSA. In addition to scholarships, OnRamp II offers academic and professional development assistance, provides internship opportunities, and gives tailored academic and career advising to help students navigate NSA procedures and processing.

A&M-San Antonio scholarship recipients include:

  • Jacob Goldstein ’24, B.S. in Cyber Engineering Technology
  • Roberto Noriega ’24, M.S. in Computer Science
  • Robert Perez ’24, B.S. in Cyber Engineering Technology
  • Joel Thomas ’23, M.S. in Computer Science

“I am excited to experience this great opportunity and live out my dream of working for the National Security Agency,” said scholarship recipient Jacob Goldstein. “I hope to represent the best that Texas A&M University-San Antonio has to offer.”


About OnRamp II The National Security Agency’s 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). The OnRamp program, established in 2009, includes a network of strategic alliances across educational institutions focused on diversity and inclusion. Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a selected participant in the OnRamp II program through the Collaboration for Advancing Minority Participation in Security (CAMPS). The CAMPS cooperative also includes Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and West Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, A&M-San Antonio is a Military Embracing™ institution offering 30 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees to nearly 6,800 students. The University is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit for more information. #onamission