Science Mathematics And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program recipients are awarded under the authority of section 2192(a) of Title 10, United States Code. Information requested on application forms and progress reports is solicited under this authority. The application information may be disclosed to reviewers and assistants as part of the SMART selection process for evaluation and selection of qualified applicants. Information provided in applications and progress reports may be disclosed to academic institutions attended by applicants to provide or obtain data regarding the applicant review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards. Aggregated data based on application materials may be used in management reports designed to evaluate the direction and progress of the program as a whole and for reporting within the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government. Attribution of specific data to individual applicants will be avoided, whenever possible, in using information provided. An applicant's information may be shared with DoD laboratory personnel, for the purposes of receiving information about summer employment or other opportunities, only if an applicant consents to sharing of the application information using the check box within the application. A list of scholarship winners may be published.
Submission of the information requested on the application is voluntary. Omission of any particular item not necessary to establish eligibility will not preclude the application review, although failure to provide full and complete information needed to evaluate all of the merits of the application may reduce the possibility of receiving an award. In order to determine the degree to which members of diverse sections of the eligible population are aware of and apply for this program, completion of the demographic fields on the application relating to gender, ethnicity, and race, is requested, but voluntary; omission of any demographic field information will not affect award consideration. Applicants will be considered for award of scholarships based on merit and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or age. My contact information may be used to inform me of additional scholarship/fellowship opportunities.