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USC Student Awarded Department of Defense SMART Scholarship

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is pleased to announce Vernon Pryor was awarded a 2015 Department of Defense SMART (Science Math and Research for Transformation) Scholarship. The SMART program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The scholarship provides Pryor with full tuition and fees, a living stipend, summer research internships, mentoring, and employment placement with the DoD after graduation. In 2015, 207 scholarships were awarded from over 1800 applications.

Pryor is a current sophomore and electrical engineering major in the College of Engineering and Computing. He is a recipient of the Life Scholarship. For the past two summers, he has interned at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, SC. This connection to the Navy led him to pursue the SMART scholarship, which in turn will allow him to work at any US Navy base in the world. Upon graduation, Pryor plans to work for the Department of Defense in the Navy, and looks forward to exploring the world.

SMART scholarship candidates are supported by the University's Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, established in 1994 to assist students applying for national fellowships.
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