The SMART scholarship stands for The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program. This scholarship is supported by the Department of Defense. It is open to STEM students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The scholarship was created to increase the number of qualified civilians who are eligible to work for the Department of Defense in the engineering and other STEM fields.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet a number of eligibility criteria. Most importantly, students must be willing to work with the Department of Defense upon graduation. In addition, the student must be a STEM major. Only students who are at least 18 years of age with a 3.0 grade point average are considered for this scholarship. Additionally, students must be a citizen of Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, or the United States in order to qualify. Undergraduate students must have their high school diploma. Students must agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the scholarship, which can be found here.
This scholarship provides recipients with a number of unparalelled benefits. First, students receive a generous monetary compensation that ranges from $25,000 to $38,000 depending on the student’s major and degree program. Additionally, students receive addition money ($1,000 for educational supplied and up to $1,200 to cover the cost of health insurance) each year. Students also receive post-graduation employment placement and mentoring experiences during their college career. Furthermore, winners receive full tuition remission and coverage of student fees. Students may also receive funding to help cover the cost of summer research experiences.
Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship should proceed to the application portion of the website, which is available here. All applicants must first create an online account using their e-mail address, name, and a password of their choosing. The application will require them to read the privacy act and provide their contact information. Next, they will proceed onto the demographic and academic background sections of the application. This portion will also ask students to report whether or not they are registered with the selective service. All applicants will be asked about their placement preference, proposed area of study, summary pf goals, professional experiences, research explanation, volunteer and community service, leadership experiences, presentations, publications, teamwork experiences, scores on the SAT or ACT exam, GRE scores, honors, awards, transcripts, and references. Students can find information about each of these categories at this link.
When applying, students should be cognizant of the deadline for the application and all materials that support the application. In this case, the deadline is December 1st for both the application and supporting materials. Students can monitor the progress of their application online. Thus, students should be sure to double check that their transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation have been received. Applicants can navigate to this website once they feel prepared to begin their application. Students who have remaining questions can either explore the FAQ section of the website of use the contact information, located here.