Are you passionate about a college education and a future career in STEM? Would you love to use your knowledge, experience, and talent to serve your country? The SMART-Scholarship-for-Service from the Department of Defense may just be the opportunity you are looking for. This prestigious scholarship program not only provides a full-ride scholarship to a participating university, but it also guarantees a civilian job with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon graduation. For every year that SMART Scholars receive education funding, they must complete one year of service at a DoD facility after graduation. Upon graduation, SMART Scholars receive competitive pay and benefits. Once their service requirement is up, SMART Scholars have the option to pursue a career elsewhere or remain with the DoD. According to the SMART Scholarship Program, an astonishing 77% of Scholars remain with the DoD.Take a look at the details for the DoD SMART Scholarship Program.• Citizen of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United Kingdom. • 18 years of age or older as of program start date (August 1, 2024). • Committed to at least one summer internship at DoD facility. • Committed to employment with DoD after graduation. • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with good standing at their institution. • Requesting at least 1.5 years of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date).Additionally, undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university as well as hold a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students must wait until they are enrolled in college to apply. Graduate students must also be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university – or awaiting notification that they have been admitted. Those who are waiting for an admission decision must be making plans to attend graduate school during the fall 2021 term. Finally, students must be studying one of the STEM-specified disciplines, such as Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, and Oceanography.
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