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Release Date Wednesday, August 5, 2020

South Dakota Mines Student Wins Prestigious Department of Defense Scholarship

RAPID CITY, SD (Aug. 5, 2020) — Peyton Krahulik, a computer science and math senior at South Dakota Mines, has been awarded the prestigious Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

This award provides students the opportunity to pursue a STEM degree and begin a career with the DoD upon graduation. The scholarship benefits include full tuition, an annual stipend, book and health insurance allowance, summer internships and a guaranteed civilian position with the DoD after graduation. During the summer internships, SMART Scholars work directly with an experienced mentor while gaining valuable field work and skills at their facility. Upon graduation, scholars begin their service commitment at the same facility where they will work full-time as civilian employees and contribute to protecting national security. For every year of funding awarded, recipients will work the same amount for DoD.

South Dakota Mines has had only two other recipients of this award since its inception.

With the SMART Program, Krahulik will have the opportunity to begin a full-time civilian career at TRAC Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He is interning there as well. TRAC is a United States Army analysis agency that conducts research on potential military operations worldwide to “inform decisions about the most challenging issues facing the Army and the Department of Defense (DoD).”

Krahulik is from Lyman, Neb., and graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Neb. He says two high school teachers instilled his love of STEM – Matt Chrisman, his math teacher and coach for speech and Quiz Bowl; and Michael Belgum, his science teacher who encouraged him to join the Science Bowl team and to go into STEM.

For more information on the SMART Program or to learn how students can apply, please visit www.smartscholarship.org. The application window is open from August through December every year.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,418 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

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