Congratulations to the 2016 Raytheon - SVA Scholars!

Daniel SmithJoseph LehningMichael BryanSanjay ShresthaStephen Proud

Daniel Smith 

A Navy veteran and senior at Pennsylvania State University, where he studies Industrial Engineering.

Joseph Lehning 

A Marine Corps veteran and sophomore at Arizona State University, where he studies Information Technology.

Michael Bryan

A Marine Corps veteran and freshman at Florida State University, where he studies Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Sanjay Shrestha

An Army veteran and senior at Saint Mary's College of California, where he studies Mathematics and Computer Science.

Stephen Proud

An Air Force veteran and senior at the University of West Florida, where he studies Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

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Student Veterans of America and Raytheon recognize the tremendous potential that student veterans have to fill the critical skills gap in the United States and usher in a new generation of technological advancements. In order to fuel this growth Student Veterans of America and Raytheon have partnered to provide five $10,000 scholarships to student veterans pursuing engineering degrees or a degree in a closely-related field. 

The 2016 Raytheon-SVA Scholarship application will remain open until November 4th, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Student veterans must complete an online application, answer two essay questions, attach the required documents, and have one letter of reference be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered. 



All successful candidates must:

  • Be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the 2016-2017 academic year

  • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States

  • Be pursuing an engineering degree or a degree in a closely related field, as listed below

  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study

  • Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community

  • Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD 214 and transcript

  • Have received an honorable discharge, or be in good standing with his/her branch of service

Closely related fields include:

  • Software Engineering / Computer Science / IT

  • Computer Engineering

  • Cyber Security / Network Security

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Systems Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering



Please provide answers to the following two essay questions in one document using a maximum of 300-500 words per essay. Your Microsoft Word document should include your name and clearly specify each answer by number.

1. What sparked your interest in your chosen field of study? What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2. Please provide 1-2 examples of how you have demonstrated leadership.  Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve.  These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles.  Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your chapter, your university, or your broader community.


Letter of Reference


You must arrange for one letter of reference to be submitted via the link provided below. All letters must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead. Letters can also be mailed to:


Student Veterans of America c/o Raytheon-SVA Scholarship Committee 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 1200, Washington D.C. 20005 


Required Materials

  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Unofficial copy of current university transcript updated for the most recently completed semester

  • One letter of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor

  • Responses to the 2 essay questions

  • DD 214, Certificate of Discharge



Should you have any questions, or experience any problems, please submit a contact form so an SVA team member may help you, or give us a call at (202) 223-4710.  Good luck!




The application period is closed. Thank you to all the applicants!





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