George “Duff” Crochiere ‘25, an honors student at Clarkson University was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship.
This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, mentorship, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience at one of over 200 innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force and larger Department of Defense. During summer internships, SMART scholars work directly with an experienced mentor, gaining valuable technical skills. This summer, Crochiere will work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for his internship and he will then join them full-time when he graduates in 2025.
Crochiere, a Pepperell, MA native, is currently studying software engineering, with a focus on Application Development and Machine Learning. Crochiere said, “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the SMART Program. I look forward to working with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard towards creating a beneficial impact in software engineering and towards our nation for years to come."
The Department of Defense is committed to developing the Nation's STEM talent and is the largest employer of federal scientists and engineers with nearly 150,000 civilian STEM employees working across the Department. DoD STEM activities support this mission by providing authentic learning experiences through a variety of education and outreach initiatives, such as the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program. For over a decade, SMART has trained a highly-skilled STEM workforce that competes with the evolving trends of industry to support the next generation of science and technology for our nation.
For more information on the SMART Program or to learn how students can apply, please visit www.smartscholarship.org. The application is open annually from August through December.
ABOUT THE SMART PROGRAM
The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. students to gain technical skills in critical STEM fields and support the national security mission of the Department of Defense.