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The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program


December 01, 2023

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  • The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program enhances the DoD civilian workforce with innovative scientists, engineers and researchers across the United States. SMART creates a highly skilled DoD STEM workforce that competes with the dynamic trends in technology and innovation to protect national security.

    The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion. Applicants must be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed on the provider's site. Technical degrees include programs specializing in science, mathematics, and engineering (as listed in the 21 approved disciplines). Non-technical degrees include management, arts or humanities degrees that are not approved or funded by SMART.
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Scholarships.com  on 3/2/2023 3:39:13 PM

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patrick allen  on 3/2/2023 12:16:34 PM

how do you apply? for this particular scholarship?

Kaiden W  on 1/10/2023 5:16:15 PM

Hello, my name is Kaiden Wanna. I am interested in majoring in computer science. I've grown with a heightened interest in electronics and programming with good knowledge of electronic functions and theory. I want to commit my very being to my education and become the very best at my craft. I do not intend on leaving my education for any out-of-campus job offers, I want to finish my education to have higher knowledge in my field by the time I do pursue a career. I am seeking financial aid via scholarships so I may dedicate my time and effort to further succeeding in my education. With my tuition funds supported, I would be less pressured to balance both work and education and be primarily focused on my education and bettering myself with no distractions. I hear stories of people in college facing mental fatigue due to constantly balancing a full school day and work to assist their funds. My primary focus whilst in a college is education, I want to be my very best.

Noah w  on 10/18/2022 10:16:43 AM

Hi, my name is Noah Wallace. I applied for this scholarship because My parents are both part of the school system as a counselor and principal. My parents don't make enough to get me everything I want so I applied for this scholarship so I can get a good job as a civil engineer so I can pay them back for what they have done and sacrificed for me. I love civil engineering because I am able to do things with my hands. I love building things and want to get a better education so I can help out my community and myself.

Victoria Ambrose  on 1/17/2021 11:15:47 PM

Hi, my name is Victoria Ambrose! I applied for this scholarship to help me pay for college so i can pursue my passion! I would like to be an airline pilot! Education is key in order to pursue my passion!! I plan on spreading positivity with my passion to fly by greeting every passenger with a warm welcoming smile and let them know they are safe on our flight!! This scholarship will put me one step closer to having my dream career!! Thank you so much for this opportunity!! I’ll see you on your next flight!!

Daniel D  on 1/16/2021 7:54:18 PM

Hi my name is Daniel Dahle and i am applying for this scholarship because I believe i can make a world of difference while both learning my course of study as well as after. I really am in a difficult and challenging time in my life. The situation has been proving hard for me to find employment. I would truely be honored to be granted this scholarship for many reasons, however the biggest reason is the i want this so badly is so that i can help make america great again.

Rasiel A  on 12/30/2020 12:34:39 AM

I was born on a well-educated but communist country like Cuba. I am a first-generation college student. When I immigrated to United States with the help of my parents. I have been trying to further my education while working full time. I was able to obtain an Associate Degree of Computer Science in a little over two years When I enrolled into a bachelor’s degree program, my mother lost her job due to a job-related injury. She was not well compensated and fired. My and my stepdad had to support her and look for ways to help pay for a surgery that she needed. I had to dropout college to work overtime to help pay for her expenses. I have not been able to go back to school because of financial struggles, and other family tragedies situations. With this scholarship help, I would be able to finish my bachelor’s degree without further student debt burden and be able to work in a fulfilling career and be able to keep supporting my parents and have a better future outlook for my future family.

Latasia M  on 12/17/2020 7:07:24 AM

Greetings, My name is Latasia and I would be honored to receive this scholarship. Computer Science is my passion. I know that I can make a difference in the world by becoming one of the world's greatest computer scientists. This would financially relieve me of being stressed with the concerns of being able to afford college. It has been my dream to become an employee of the Department of Defense. Currently, I am in my senior year of high school and planning on attending a four-year college to major in Computer Science.

Diamond L.  on 12/9/2020 10:02:43 AM

I am applying for this scholarship because I have always been interested in STEM and the medical field for as long as I can remember, it is the only field that I am passionate about.

morin  on 10/3/2020 11:16:36 PM

I applied for a STEM scholarship. Because I am interested in pursing a career in the medical field and if I won this will help me afford colleges.

oakley o  on 9/25/2020 1:46:22 PM

I am currently trying to fund my future college career, I am a high school senior that has done tremendous amounts of work to get to where I am today. I am pursuing a career in aerospace engineering. Getting this scholarship would be a dream come true.

Sebastian S  on 9/25/2020 1:46:11 PM

Hello, My name is Sebastian Stanley. I am applying to this scholarship because i have always had a strong passion to become a civil engineer. I grew up in a low income family and I will be the first of my household to attend college. I have worked hard for 10 plus years as a diesel/mechanic. I want to do more than just turn wrenches I want to accomplish my dream. I want to love what I do. I want to provide a better life for my wife and two small children. I want to be someone my children can look up too and aspire for something more than just to have a job but to strive for there dreams and have a career! Spring 2021 is when I will begin this journey please help me to achieve my dreams.

Felicia H  on 9/2/2020 12:31:17 PM

Hello my name is Felicia Hendrix and I'm currently the Call Center Coordinator for the OBAT clinic in Boston working with Opioids patients. I tried to apply for this scholarship but for some reason it won't let me. I have applied for a 2.8 year Mortuary program, my current employer does not offer tuition reimbursement for me as I'm non union. I feel I need this scholarship because this generation of Morticians are all elderly and with the recent rash of violence, COVID 19, Opioid death and just natural deaths, the system of our older Morticians need some help. I grew up in the community dealt with and continue to be around death. This school is very expensive but is the only one that is offered in Massachusetts. My love of people and wanting to help them however is what is driving me to pursue this scholarship. I hope that my comments are taken into consideration as I look forward to beginning school November 9,2020 at Fine Mortuary College In Boston ma

Jennifer B  on 7/7/2020 8:54:59 AM

Hello, I am applying for this scholarship in hopes that i may continue my education. I am currently employed with the DOD and have all intentions on staying after completing my Masters degree.

Sharon C  on 6/12/2020 3:16:10 PM

This scholarship opportunity offers the best opportunities to advance in my profession and provide services to people in need.

Isabel C  on 10/6/2015 11:56:11 AM

I believe this is a very valuable scholarship to continue, and furthermore, a wonderful opportunity to find hidden talent.

Donna J  on 9/1/2009 5:58:28 PM

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program. This scholarship for service program provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1,000, and other education expenses. SMART has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the education, recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies. The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is open only to U.S. citizens and nationals, and students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. There is an employment opportunity with the DoD with this program. For more information and to apply, go to: http://www.asee.org/smart