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2017-06-22

Schreiner Student Wins National Scholarship

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Schreiner University engineering student James Lewis has received a U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.
SMART Scholarships are for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Awardees receive full tuition and education-related fees; a stipend paid at a rate depending on degree pursued; summer research internships; mentoring; and employment placement after graduation.
Starting summer 2018, Lewis will intern at the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds near Baltimore, Maryland. He will also have a job there after graduation. 
“As an intern for two summers before graduation, I will gain valuable experience in the field while also serving our nation,” said Lewis, who will be required to work for the Department of Defense for three years after graduation, equal to the amount of time that the scholarship is in effect.
“Some people may see that as a drawback, but I see it as an opportunity to work at an outstanding facility immediately after graduation. Then I'll have the choice of either staying with the DoD or going into the private sector,” said Lewis.
At Schreiner, Lewis has been a Dean's Honor List Scholar, and worked on projects involving virtual reality and photogrammetry. While at Alamo Heights High School, he participated in the SystemsGo rocket program, which encourages students to enter academic and career paths in STEM fields that lead to careers in the engineering industries.
Lewis, who will be a third-year engineering student at Schreiner in fall 2017, is undecided about where he will finish his engineering studies under Schreiner’s 3-2 program, but he has more choices thanks to the SMART scholarship.
“This scholarship is a huge accomplishment,” said Dr. Brian Bernard, assistant professor of engineering at Schreiner. “James will have an advantage in the applicant pool wherever he applies for school or work.”
“He beat out an extremely talented applicant pool to receive the scholarship,” added Bernard. “The top high school students in the country apply to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and only about 12 percent get admitted. The top MIT students apply for this scholarship, and only about 12 percent of them get it.”
In partnership with several institutions, Schreiner offers a dual-degree engineering program. Upon completion of the program, students receive two bachelor's degrees — a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree in applied science from Schreiner and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering —mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, petroleum, et cetera — from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program.