DoD STEM Smart Scholarship 101

This webinar is for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to make a difference in the world of STEM. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the doors of opportunity within the Department of Defense! This informative event about the esteemed Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship program delves into the comprehensive benefits and unparalleled opportunities offered via SMART Scholarship, an initiative designed to empower the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) leaders. A panel of speakers shared invaluable insights into the program’s structure, eligibility criteria, and application process. Participants will discover how the SMART Scholarship program fosters a dynamic environment where scholars engage in cutting-edge research, collaborate with learning experts in their fields, and contribute to critical defense initiatives. From full tuition coverage to stipends, internships, and post-graduation employment opportunities, the benefits of the SMART Scholarship are extensive.

Meet the panelists:

Corinne Beach
SMART Program Manager

Ms. Beach has worked for the Department of Defense for over 20 years as an engineer, project manager, recruiting lead, and K-12 STEM coordinator. She is passionate about her career, service to country and community, and the benefits of working for the DoD. She strives to engage students of all ages in career development and to be a role model, particularly for young women in STEM.

Dr. Marcus J. Smith
SMART Deputy Program Manager

Dr. Smith is a former SMART Scholar whose journey began at Georgia Tech, earning his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2019. Prior to his current role, he held key positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory. As the first Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Officer, his efforts enhance workplace culture and drive recruitment and development initiatives.

Rahmney Flowers
SMART DEIA Specialist

Ms. Flowers brings a fervent commitment to expand the program’s reach among historically under-represented communities and amplify its visibility and accessibility. With a passion for fostering inclusivity, Ms. Flowers advocates for equitable opportunities in STEM fields, striving to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to thrive in these critical areas of study and innovation.

KeeAnia Kinkacha
SMART Scholar

Through the SMART Scholarship, KeeAnia received her bachelor’s degree in information technology and graduated from North Carolina A&T State University. She currently works for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command in Aberdeen Proving Ground and is completing her Phase 2 service commitment with the program.

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