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Congratulations to the 2017 Raytheon Student Veteran Scholars!




Derek Bellanca, University of Texas - Dallas

Derek DeMaa, Liberty University

Jonathan Irizarry, Campbell University

Thomas Mangan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Son Pham, University of Texas at Arlington                       

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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 2017 Raytheon - SVA Scholarship application will remain open until November 6, 2017 at noon 12:00 PM EST. 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 2017-2018 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.


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



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