Students interested in science degrees and who want to serve their country have a great opportunity open to them. 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 be gainfully employed upon degree completion.
All students must be U.S. citizen at time of application. You also need to be able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, a science wiz’s dream come true. As part of the award, you need to be willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD. While in school, you need to have a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Finally, you must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply. Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2013 term. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement. Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.
What exactly does this award students? Participants will receive Full tuition and education related fees. Take note that this does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking. You will also get a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree you are pursuing and may be prorated depending on award length. You also get paid summer internships, a health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year, a book allowance of $1,000 per academic year, mentoring, and of course employment placement after graduation.
Participants are generally not permitted to accept employment outside the Program. With written approval from the SMART Program Office, a you may accept a position as a teaching assistant or research assistant if the activity directly and substantially contributes to your academic progress. You are not permitted to work more than 16 hours per week. The SMART Program Office reserves the right to limit the number of hours worked and/or revoke authorization for outside employment if, in the opinion of the SMART Program Office, the work negatively impacts the Participant’s grades or ability to fulfill the terms of the service agreement.
For more information visit: http://smart.asee.org/