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SMART Scholarship representative to visit WKU on Oct. 23

Eric Hurwitt, director of the Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship program, will be visiting WKU to present information about the scholarship and recruit applicants.

The session begins at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 on the fourth floor of Florence Schneider Hall. All students are requested to bring their WKU ID to the event and enter from the Colonnade-facing side of the building. The event is sponsored by the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and the WKU Office of Scholar Development.

The SMART Scholarship is sponsored by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and is part of the national defense education program. Recipients of the scholarship receive full tuition and education related fees, a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 to $38,000, paid summer internships, health insurance, allowances for books, mentoring, and employment after graduation within a DoD laboratory.

WKU scholars have consistently been successful with the SMART Scholarship. Brittany Logan, an electrical engineering and physics major, was selected as a winner in 2010 during her sophomore year. Logan will be in attendance at the event to offer insight and advice as a former applicant and winner.

In all, seven students from WKU, including three from the Gatton Academy, have been selected as SMART Scholars in recent years.

Dr. Audra Jennings, director of the Office of Scholar Development, works with students who are applying for the SMART Scholarship and those applying for other STEM programs and service scholarships.

“This information session provides a unique opportunity for potential applicants to interact with an official representative of the program,” she said. “I am excited by the past achievements of many WKU students who have won this award and am eager to begin working with current students interested in the program.”

About SMART: Any student majoring in a field related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics is eligible to apply for the SMART Scholarship. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, SMART provides a stipend, offers internship opportunities, and covers the cost of tuition, books and health insurance. Additionally, SMART scholars are guaranteed employment after graduation with the DoD. For more information, follow the Office of Scholar Development on Twitter: @WKU_OSD and on Facebook. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in the SMART Scholarship or other similar opportunities.

Contact: Drew Mitchell, (270) 745-5043.


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