LMI has been awarded a new 5-year, $450 million contract supporting the Defense Department’s Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship-for-Service Program.
Under this contract, LMI will maintain all web and IT infrastructure, provide scholar and sponsoring facility support and oversee program administration and SMART scholarship payments.
“We are thrilled to continue supporting this impactful and collaborative program. It has proven to develop some of the best and brightest innovators we have seen in the federal government,” said LMI President and CEO Doug Wagoner.
LMI will also support program diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives by enhancing outreach to underserved audiences, as well as increasing data support and automation. Additional teaming support will be provided by iTechAG, Scholarship America and Ernst and Young.
“We must continue to recruit and retain top STEM talent for the nation to maintain its competitive edge. SMART is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity that allows the DoD to remain competitive with industry, solving our most complex challenges,” said Stuart Jones, vice president of LMI’s Office of the Secretary of Defense market.
Through close collaboration with the DOD SMART Program Office, LMI will ensure program administration is scalable to accommodate the customer’s growing vision. Future plans include expanding the number of annual scholarships awarded, increasing scholar opportunities (such as mentorship and research funding) and improving collaboration with DOD sponsoring facilities.
“The program mentors the next generation of DOD science and technology leaders to build a strong, diverse STEM workforce with an emphasis on critical technology areas,”Jones said. “This allows the U.S. to maintain our global leadership.”