A West Virginia University engineering student was awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship from the Department of Defense. SMART Scholarships are offered to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields.
Sean Kreps, a computer science and electrical engineering major from Clear Spring, Maryland, is only the third student in WVU history to be awarded the SMART Scholarship, which includes full coverage of college tuition, health insurance, a miscellaneous supply allowance of $2,200 and a $25,000 a year stipend.
In addition to the monetary awards, Kreps will participate in a summer internship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he will be immersed in research and development projects related to automatic weapons systems.
The internship is intended to provide valuable work experience and help the participant become familiar with the organization before becoming a full-time employee. As a contingency of the scholarship, Kreps will complete two years of employment with the DoD at their Philadelphia-based facility after graduating from WVU.
“I am looking forward to the limitless opportunities that this scholarship will afford me as I have always aspired to work in the defense industry,” said Kreps. “My job will allow me to take part in the development, testing and implementation of technologies for military use. Having the chance to develop military technology is somewhat of a dream come true.”
Kreps will travel to the Philadelphia later this month to meet his program mentor and learn more about the upcoming opportunities provided through the SMART Scholarship program.
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