Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle receives SMART scholarship


LAUREL, Md.  – Capitol College student Elizabeth Doyle has been awarded the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship by the Department of Defense. Doyle is currently a sophomore at Capitol College and is working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Assurance.

For the duration of her scholarship, Doyle will intern during summer breaks at U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and will be required to complete post-graduation employment with this sponsoring facility.

“The SMART scholars program provides the Department of Defense with personnel who have operational-critical skills,” Dr. Vic Maconachy, vice president for academic affairs at Capitol College, said. “Selection into the program is a credit to the individual as well as the institution. This is one of the many ways our college continues to serve our nation.”

The SMART Scholarship was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Several other Capitol College students have received the scholarship, and as recently as 2011.

Doyle is a native of Midland, Mich., and holds an associate’s degree in network technology from Delta College. She is completing her bachelor’s degree through Capitol’s online learning program, which allows students to earn their degrees wherever Internet access is available. Online courses blend synchronous (real-time), professor-led events and lectures with asynchronous learning sessions in which students access and study course material at their convenience.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a Doctor of Science in Information Assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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