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THE SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND RESEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATION (SMART) SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE PROGRAM
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, established in 2006 by Congress and sponsored by the Department of Defense, serves as a means of increasing the number of United States (U.S.) citizens and others trained in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) disciplines of military importance. The SMART Scholarship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories.
The SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. The program incentivizes students by providing funding for a STEM degree while providing the opportunity to perform hands on research at a DoD facility during the summer months and creating employment for the scholar upon successful completion of their degree. This not only provides the public with a vehicle in which to perform research topics that are on the cutting edge, but also gives opportunity in the form of full tuition to students who would potentially not have been able to attend universities or colleges due to financial distress. The DoD will offer these scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for training in STEM.
There are four (4) fundamental elements to the successful administration of the SMART Program. These elements are as follows:
1. Cooperatively, with the SMART Program Office, assist in the administration of the program to include, but not limited to, the application cycle, monitoring and interaction with students during academic pursuit, monitoring of scholars upon graduation, hiring tracking, web site development and maintenance, and individual Service SMART program facilitation.
2. In close collaboration with the SMART Program, develop and maintain a SMART Information Management System that will track, update, and maintain all SMART Program data.
3. Develop and implement an annual marketing and outreach plan, in conjunction with the SMART Program, that supports colleges and universities on behalf of the SMART Program
4. Assist the SMART Program with payment of scholar’s tuition, stipends, and other expenses on behalf of the Government
Deadline: July 11, 2017
Through the SMART Program, DoD envisions the Government will work with the Recipient to collaboratively advance STEM education and outreach programs conducted across the United States, Puerto Rico as well as DoD locations in Europe and the Pacific. All applicants are expected to have significant involvement and input into the program. To be qualified, potential applicants must: • Have the management capability and adequate financial and technical resources to administer the program of activities envisioned under the SMART Program.