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DoD Seeks Applicants for STEM Scholarships

Three hundred students interested in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM field) have the chance to get a nearly full ride for their undergraduate or graduate education through a program sponsored by the United States Department of Defense. During school recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in summertime DoD internships, and, after graduation, they'll be offered employment by the DoD to work in one of the agency's research facilities.

The scholarships range in size from $25,000 to $41,000 a year to cover tuition, fees, health insurance, and books. A total of $45 million will be handed out as part of the DoD's Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.

"The SMART Scholarship Program is one of the nation's most generous scholarship programs funded by the Department of Defense to help support education and job placement for America's next generation of scientists and engineers," said Smart Program Manager Deborah Shifflett.

The program is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education and the Naval Postgraduate School. It's open only to citizens of the United States. Applicants must be at least at least 18 years old. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2010.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.