Alexandra Anderson from George Mason University Awarded SMART Scholarship

Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra Anderson, a BS Honors College student-athlete at George Mason University (GMU) was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) 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. After graduation Anderson will work at The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Springfield, VA.

Anderson is currently studying Computer Science, with a minor in Intelligence Studies while playing NCAA Division I softball for GMU. Anderson said, “I am SO excited and blessed to announce that I have been named a recipient of The Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program for 2022! A huge thank you to everyone involved for this amazing opportunity! I especially want to thank God and my parents! I cannot wait for what the future holds!” about the award.

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 . The application is open annually from August through December.



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.