Jackson State student receives Department of Defense award

Jackson State University junior meteorology major Jarrett Claiborne has been selected to receive a nationally competitive Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. The SMART scholarship consists of tuition, a book stipend, healthcare, and a post-graduate job.

During the school year, Claiborne will intern as a research physical scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss. The future meteorologist is a native of Lorman, Miss., and is the weather forecaster for WJSU 88.5 and TV23.

“I accept this award on behalf of Jackson State and all that it has given me as a student,” Claiborne says. “I am forever in debt to JSU.”

Jarrett encourages other students to apply for the scholarship, which opens in August 2010. The direct link is http://www.asee.org/smart.