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The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation, Scholarship-for-Service Program

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.  The application window opens 1 AUG.  For more information, visit the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program website at: .
Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below. Technical degrees include programs specializing in science, mathematics and engineering (as listed in the 21 approved disciplines).. Non-technical degrees include management, arts or humanities degrees that are not approved or funded by SMART. Students pursuing technical degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:

Aeronautical and Astronautical                        Industrial and Systems Engineering

Engineering                                                  (technical tracks only)

Biosciences                                                   Information Sciences
Biomedical Engineering                                  Materials Science and Engineering                     Chemical Engineering                                    Mathematics 

Chemistry                                                     Mechanical Engineering     
Civil Engineering                                           Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
Cognitive, Neural, and                                  Nuclear Engineering

Behavioral Sciences                                       Oceanography

Computer and Computational                         Operations Research (technical tracks only)         Sciences and Computer                                  Physics


Electrical Engineering

Environmental Sciences



VFW offers two student scholarships!

Do you know a student who would like to compete to receive scholarship money?  We have these two programs for students to submit and tell us why they think “What Makes America Great!” 


It’s that time of year for our annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen competition. Please review qualifications on the applications.  Applications with essays must be submitted by 31 October to or dropped off with the manager at 549 Veterans Dr. in Sierra Vista, in a sealed envelope labeled VOD or PP.


Deadline is soon, October 31, 2019, so apply soon!  Click on the PDF Files below for application and more info.

Los Charros Foundation Scholarships!


Apply today for the Los Charros Foundation Scholarship! Over $85,000 will be awarded to incoming college freshmen and sophomores from Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz County. Online application is due March 30th, visit this link…/los-charros-foundation-scholar…/

Cochise College offers a variety of Scholarships!

Cochise College Scholarship Portal: There are multiple scholarships available through an online application. Apply to be matched up with the Cochise College Foundation scholarships for which you qualify based on your responses to a questionnaire. 

An all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of the SSVEC Foundation, awaits nine area high school juniors next June after the 40th annual Washington Youth Tour Finals competition in Benson, Arizona on Nov. 13.

The students who earned trips include: From left: Sammantha Caywood (Benson High School), Nephi Higgenbotham (St David High School), Madison Monbleau (Buena High School (Arizona)), Kason Jacquez (St. David High School), Claire Daley (St. David High School), Dan Barrera (SSVEC Board President), Kylianne Chadwick (Buena High School), Chesed Chap (Patagonia Union High School), Tobias Temple (Buena High School) and Dakota Heap (San Simon High School). Photo credit: Mark Levy.

The Cooperative’s Washington Youth Tour program is open to all high school juniors in SSVEC’s service area. SSVEC staff members visited nine high schools and two private schools in the Cooperative service area beginning in August to explain the annual Youth Tour. Study materials were provided to students for a test and students who scored well moved to the next level of competition—an essay. This year’s essay topic was “Building a Partnership.”

Nineteen students whose test scores and essays scored the highest were invited to the final stage of the competition on the afternoon of Nov. 13. The students took a second test covering more complex materials about SSVEC, cooperatives, energy and electricity terminology; then each student was interviewed by a panel of three judges.

Four of the students earned $200 each for their efforts, including Alexis Thompson (Tombstone High School), Christin Lamkie (Valley Union High School), Lauren Lynch (Buena High School) and Miriam Allen (Buena High School).
Six students earned $200, and they were offered $500 toward the cost of the tour as first-runner-up winners. Those students included Carmen Noll (Tombstone High School), David Gordon (San Simon High School), Julia Dahl (St. David High School), Marissa Perry (Buena High School), Mikala Driscoll (San Simon High School) and Sofia Olsen (Veritas Christian Community School).

The Washington Youth Tour program is funded by the SSVEC Foundation. As a cooperative, SSVEC periodically returns money earned in excess of expenses to its members. When those members move out of the area and leave no forwarding address, SSVEC transfers the money to the SSVEC Foundation. Funds provided by the Foundation also fund the annual Youth Engineering and Science Fair as well as the SSVEC Foundation Scholarship program.

Michele McCollum, Member Services Assistant, announced the results of the competition, and SSVEC Board President Dan Barrera presented the students with plaques recognizing their efforts.
Interview judges were Melissa Herrera DiPeso, former SSVEC board member; Barbara Richardsonn, MBA, Assistant Dean of Outreach at Cochise College - Benson Center; and Jd Wallace, Cooperative Communications, Social Media and Marketing Administrator for Arizona G&T Cooperatives.
Chaperones for the 2020 tour are Deidra Michele Tulk, SSVEC Engineering Technician, and her husband Phillip Puchkors. Students and chaperones will tour Washington, D.C. from June 18-26, 2020.

For more information on this and other great #SSVEC youth programs visit:

Cochise County Students,

SSVEC Foundation Winners!

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