Department of Defense Engineering Scholarships

by Forest Time ; Updated July 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense offers three separate scholarship programs that are available to college students majoring in engineering. These scholarship programs are the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transportation Scholarship, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program. Not all scholarship programs are available to students in all branches of engineering or at all levels of study.

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transportation Scholarship Program provides a full-tuition scholarship to recipients, as well as a cash award of between $25,000 and $41,000. In addition, recipients will receive a stipend for books and health insurance, as well employment placement services after graduating. In order to remain eligible, a recipient must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. Recipients of DoD SMART Scholarships are required to fulfill a service obligation and work at a facility they are assigned to upon graduating.

NDSEG Fellowship

Graduate students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in engineering might be eligible for scholarship assistance from the Department of Defense through the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. This program pays for the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years and also provides the recipient with up to $1,000 for health insurance, and an annual cost-of-living stipend of approximately $30,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in order to be eligible.

Information Assurance Scholarship Program

The Information Assurance Scholarship Program is another scholarship program sponsored by the Department of Defense that provides support for students studying engineering or other technical disciplines. To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Undergraduate applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.2 at the time of application, and graduate applicants must hold a grade point average of at least 3.5. Recipients are obligated to serve in a position of the DoD's choosing for one year for each year of support received.

Supported Disciplines

Not all Department of Defense scholarship programs are available to students in all branches of engineering. SMART scholarships are available to students majoring in aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, biochemical, civil, nuclear, industrial, systems, naval architecture, information, materials or computer engineering. The NDSEG Fellowship is available to Ph.D. candidates in aeronautical, biochemical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical and naval architectural engineering. The Information Assurance Scholarship Program is only available to students pursuing studies related to the transfer of information, such as information systems engineering or computer engineering.