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SMART Scholarship 

SMART Overview:

The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers.  The SMART Scholarship-For-Service Program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place.

SMART offers scholarships to under graduate, master’s, and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.  Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation.

SMART Scholars Receive: 

  • Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000-$41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience
  • Full tuition and related educational expenses
  • Health insurance reimbursement allowance
  • Book allowance
  • Summer  Internships (multi-year participants) located at DoD facilities to include a stipend to cover travel expenses
  • Post-Graduation Career Opportunities

Application Guidelines:

The application process opens in August and closes in December.  Award notification occurs each spring.  For more information and to apply visit http://www.asee.org/smart 

SMART Applicants:

SMART Scholarships are awarded to applicants who are pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, one of the following Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering (Technical tracks only)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics