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DoD SMART Scholarship

SMART Scholarship Eligibility & STEM Disciplines


To learn more about the Ronald V. Dellums Memorial SMART Scholarship (Dellums SMART Scholarship) and to review eligibility requirements of the Dellums SMART Scholarship, visit the About Dellums page.

Eligibility Requirements

Review the below scholarship requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply for this life-changing opportunity.

Who can apply?

The SMART application is open August through December of every year, with awards being granted the following spring.

All applicants must be:

  • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2024
  • requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date),
  • able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
  • willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 24 STEM disciplines listed below,
  • able to produce a fall 2023 college transcript from a regionally accredited US college or university, OR be pursuing a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university.

Active duty military members who wish to apply for the SMART Scholarship must be separated or on terminal leave on or before August 1, 2024 to be eligible. Reserve and National Guard members are eligible to apply. Current ROTC participants with a future service commitment are not eligible to apply

For more information, watch the SMART Eligibility Requirements video.

What kind of STEM?

The program focuses on students pursuing disciplines that are critical to national security functions of the Department of Defense (DoD). The following is a list of SMART’s 24 approved STEM disciplines. These disciplines are general umbrella disciplines – specific applicant majors or fields of study may fall under one or more discipline on this list.

Please note, non-technical degrees, including management, arts, or humanities, are not approved or funded by SMART.

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering 
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering

What you need to know

Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years of funding, depending on degree requirements. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee. 

Undergraduate applicants 

  • Must be currently enrolled at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
  • Must be able to produce a fall 2023 (or earlier) college transcript at the end of the term
  • AP coursework is not considered college credit

Graduate applicants 

  • Can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission
  • If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2024 term

Scholars enter the program as either recruitment or retention. Learn more information on how scholars participate in the SMART Program through recruitment or retention. 

Learn more about the citizenship and security clearance requirements for SMART scholarship awards.

LTC Nursing Home Administrator Scholarship

2017 LTC Nursing Home Administrator Scholarship, the premier Nursing Home Administrator exam preparation resource nationwide, is proud to announce our first annual scholarship for advancement in higher education. This is a general scholarship which will award the selected applicant with a scholarship award of $2,000. This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States during the academic year.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria

The annual scholarship award is for one (1) student enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Applicants must include a 250-word maximum introductory bio with their 500-750 word essay and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement.

$2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) individual students who write the most compelling essay as judged by staff.

Guidelines for Applicants

Please include the following three items in your submission:

  • 250 word maximum introductory bio about yourself – you may choose to include your work or educational background, why you’re seeking a degree in your field, and why this scholarship interested you.
  • 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can technology improve the lives of retiring seniors?

Other requirements:

  • Applicants must be residents of the United State of America
  • Acceptance into an accredited college or university in the United States of America
  • Signed and dated Scholarship Award Agreement.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017

How to Apply

Email to submit your essay, introductory bio, and signed Scholarship Award Agreement. Also provide proof of official transcript & proof of acceptance into an accredited college or university.

Award recipients will be notified individually and announced by January 05, 2018.

Thomas Law Offices Scholarship

Thomas Law Offices Offering $1,000 College Scholarship

Thomas Law Offices, a personal injury law firm in Louisville, Kentucky, is happy to announce that we’re now offering a once-yearly $1,000 scholarship to students who are currently attending or plan to attend their first year of college or graduate school in the upcoming semester. The rising costs of education are continuing to be a hardship many students struggle to overcome. Our Louisville, KY personal injury lawyers believe that by helping students overcome those struggles, our world can become a brighter place for future generations. This scholarship gives us an opportunity to do just that.

Scholarship Details and Guidelines

  • Students can be attending or planning to attend any college or graduate school in the United States.
  • Applicants can be pursuing any degree.
  • All applicants must be attending or plan on attending for their first year.
  • As proof of your first-year status, you will need to submit a digital copy of your acceptance letter—complete with the college letterhead—from that college.
  • This year’s scholarship will be rewarded for the semester beginning January 2017.
  • All applications are due by December 15, 2016.

Essay Topic

To apply, you’ll need to submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic:

How can we, as a nation and global community, lower the risks of texting and driving?

Once the application period closes, Thomas Law Offices will determine a winner based on the following factors: feasibility, originality, creativity, and the applicant’s level of knowledge in the topic as well as their ability to write a well-crafted essay. We aren’t necessarily looking for an “A”-grade essay from an English or law student, but rather an essay that explores the topic uniquely—one that perhaps encourages drivers to think about the dangers of texting and driving accidents in a new way.

By submitting your essay to us, you agree that your essay may be featured on our blog. We will publish the winning essay as well as a couple of the top contenders. We’ll let you know if your essay is chosen for publication. Published essays may appear with minor edits in place.

Application Instructions

To submit your application and essay, email us the completed essay, a digital copy of the acceptance letter from your college or graduate school verifying your first-year status, and some brief information about yourself to

In the body of your email include your name, address, phone number, and the name of your current/planned school. Feel free to include a brief paragraph telling us about yourself and your career-related goals, but this part doesn’t need to be very long or detailed. The essay should be attached as either a .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, or .RTF, or included in the body of the email.

Send all applications and questions to We look forward to reading your applications!


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

Funded through the Comcast Foundation, this scholarship rewards educational achievements, community service, diversity, and leadership with $1000 college scholarship awards.

  • Be a full-time high school senior currently enrolled at a high school within a Comcast Community or otherwise approved by Comcast.
  • Student grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
  • Student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences.
  • Student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.
  • Student plans to attend an accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school in the United States.
  • Student will need to verify nomination by entering the Comcast School Code (CSC), provided by the principal or guidance counselor.
  • Student will need to complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form. If the nominee is not over the age of eighteen, the parent/guardian must complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form.

Schools can nominate one high school senior.

Click here to apply… (

Deadline to apply: December 5, 2013

Please direct any questions to International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. at or at (855) 670-4787.

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships


This year the National Eagle Scout Association will award 150 scholarships to Eagle Scouts through various Eagle Scout scholarship funds. These scholarships vary in size from $1,000 to $50,000.

The scholarships are for tuition, room, board, and books only, and are limited to use at a four-year accredited college or university that offers at least a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the course of studies.

These scholarships are not available to students attending a trade school, two-year college, or any of the U.S. military academies, because at these academies expenses covered by NESA scholarships are already paid by the United States government.

Recipients will be notified by July 15, 2013.

Mail applications to:

National Eagle Scout Association, S322
Boy Scouts of America
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012.

Click here for the scholarship FAQ page.

NESA Merit Scholarships


This application is only for the NESA, Hall/McElwain, and Robert and Rebecca Palmer merit scholarships for Eagle Scouts. The number of scholarships awarded varies annually depending on the funds available. Recipients are chosen based on Scouting participation, character, and community service. Selection is open to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students up to completion of their junior year. These scholarships are paid directly to the college or university.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012.

Click here to download the application.

NESA Academic Scholarships

This application is for scholarships that are provided through the Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke Scholarship Endowment, the United Health Foundation, and the National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship Fund. Applicants may submit one copy of the application (along with required attachments) to be considered for all the academic scholarships. Recipients must meet the minimum SAT or ACT score, and are chosen based on Scouting record, school activities, and financial need. These scholarships are paid directly to the college or university.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012.

Click here to download application.


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

Every year, Comcast and the Comcast Foundation ask High School Principals and Guidance Counselors to collaborate in identifying the best and the brightest high school seniors in their communities. Why? Because we want to motivate young people to achieve their potential, to be involved in their schools, and to be catalysts for positive change in their communities. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students who exemplify these ideals – and who serve as models for their fellow students. We know it’s not easy to be a kid today, and every bit of encouragement helps. That’s why we award recipients a one-time grant of $1,000 to be used toward their pursuit of higher education. Since 2001, the program has recognized more than 17,000 students around the country-and given away more than $17.4 million in scholarship grants.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Philosophy:

  • To give young people – the leaders who will build and shape our communities – every opportunity to be prepared for the future.
  • To engage youth in their communities and help them increase their self-esteem, develop a sense of citizenship and an ethic of service, and become stronger leaders.
  • To demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Nomination/Application Process

All nominations for the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must be made exclusively by the Principal or Guidance Counselor. Principals and home-school instructors may e-mail to verify school eligibility status and to request program materials.

A student nominated by a Principal or Guidance Counselor must:

  • be a full-time high school senior
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience
  • have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher.

Nomination deadline is December of each year.


AXA Equitable Achievement Scholarship

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report provides $670,000 in annual scholarships to young people throughout the nation.

Apply online.

APPLY EARLY:  only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted.

The application deadline is December 1 of each year, but if 10,000 applications are received before that date, the program will automatically close.

Winners on the State and National levels

State Winners

Fifty-two winners – one from each state, the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico – are selected by our nonprofit partner, Scholarship America, to receive one-time scholarship awards of $10,000 each.

National Winners

From the pool of 52 state winners, ten are selected as national winners and earn an additional one-time scholarship of $15,000. This brings the top AXA Achievers total scholarship awards to $25,000 each.

Our scholarships winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities:

  • Ambition and drive
  • Determination to set and reach goals
  • Respect for self, family and community
  • Ability to succeed in college

National Baptist Convention Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Guidelines

  1. Applications for the Scholarship are available each year at the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education
  2. The criteria are provided in the National Baptist Scholarship Application Packet
  3. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate each State applicant based on the criteria outlined in this application packet.  E.valuation points will be assigned as follows: application (5) academic GPA (10) academic curriculum (10) church participation (15) community participation (5) content of recommendations (5), essay (50).
  4. Each State Congress may submit one applicant to the National Scholarship Commission.
  5. All applications must be typed and submitted in the original format. (emailed or faxed copies will not be accepted)
  6. The award will consist of a five thousand dollar ($5,000) scholarship; one for each applicant from each of the five regions of the National Baptist Convention as submitted. If there is no applicant from one of the regions, the funds will be divided in a prorated manner.
  7. A scholarship will be awarded to a student in the name of the National Baptist Convention President, Dr. Julius R. Scruggs and an additional one in the name of the Congress President Dr. George W. Waddles; all others will be awarded in the name of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.

The scholarship deadline for submission to the local District President is in September and the final application must be submitted by December 15.


Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship


The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship

The National Space Club awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America’s rocket pioneer. The scholarship is presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner each spring, for the following academic year. The award is given to stimulate the interest of talented students in the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration.

To apply for the Goddard Memorial Scholarship, click here

Each year the winner of the Goddard Scholarship is introduced to the nation’s leaders in science, government and industry at the Goddard Memorial Dinner. The National Space Club will pays for travel and lodging costs so that the awardee will be able to attend the Dinner.

The application deadline occurs in December of each year

View past Goddard Scholarship winners


Bank of America Joe Martin Scholarship

The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Joe Martin, former Principal Corporate Affairs Executive and Special Counsel to former Chairman Hugh McColl. Joe sacrificed much time and effort to better his community. He represented the kind of well-rounded, knowledge-seeking character that Bank of America hopes to mirror in its quest to provide opportunities to students with the determination to excel.

The Bank of America Joe Martin Scholarship program is a competitive scholarship program available for college or vocational schools in the U.S. to dependents of employees who have been employed by Bank of America for at least 1 year. Dependents of deceased, disabled, or retired employees also are eligible.

  • Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, character, and contributions to school and community
  • Awards are $2,500 for 1 year of full-time study
  • Awards may be renewed for up to 3 additional years on the basis of satisfactory academic performance

Bank of America may suspend, change or terminate this program at any time. The interpretation, application and administration of the program shall be determined by the Board of Directors of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Board, whose decision is final.

Applications for the Joe Martin Scholarship will be accepted from December 1 through the last day of February. Winners will be notified no later than June.

For an employee’s dependent to be eligible, an employee must be:

  • An active full-time or part-time Bank of America employee (service with predecessor banks or subsidiaries of Bank of America is counted as Bank of America service)
  • Employed by Bank of America for at least 1 year
  • In job bands 4 – 9 at the time the scholarship is awarded (employees in job bands 0 – 3 are not eligible).

Students must:

  • Be 23 years of age or younger and a dependent of a Bank of America employee
  • Be a high school senior or graduate
  • Plan to be enrolled or currently be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational/technical school located in the United States
  • Enroll in the college, university, or vocational/technical school of their choice in the U.S. no later than the fall of the year in which the award is given

Complete eligibility criteria and application guidelines are available between December 1 and the last day of February.

Bank of America may suspend, change or terminate this program at any time. The interpretation, application and administration of the program shall be determined by the Board of Directors of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation Board, whose decision is final.

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