Frequently Asked Questions

Military

Can active-duty military apply?

The SMART Program requires participants to complete internships and accept a period of obligated employment with the DoD immediately after graduation. In order to avoid conflicts with military service obligations, active duty military applicants must be separated or begin terminal leave on or before August 1, 2017 to be eligible for the SMART scholarship.

In the event that you are recalled to active duty, you will be granted a deferment of the scholarship. Upon your release from active duty, you will be reinstated in the Program so long as Congressional funding is available at that time.

Requirements for applicants who will begin terminal leave but not separate by August 1, 2017:

Applicants who will not separate but will begin terminal leave on or before August 1, 2017 and are selected as award finalists will be required to provide the following documents to the SMART Program at the time of award:

1. Separation/Retirement Orders;
2. Terminal Leave Form; and
3. Written statement from Commanding Officer confirming that the applicant is currently slated for honorable separation or retirement

Failure to timely provide these forms will result in withdrawal from further consideration.

After separation is complete, these applicants must also provide the SMART Program with a copy of the DD-214 establishing honorable separation. If the DD-214 reflects a discharge other than honorable, the individual is subject to dismissal from the Program and may be required to repay any and all funds expended on his/her behalf.

Can members of the Reserves and National Guard apply?

Members of the Reserves and National Guard are eligible to apply for SMART. In the event that you are called to active duty, you will be granted a deferment of the scholarship. Upon your release from active duty, you will be reinstated in the Program so long as Congressional funding is available at that time.