Ripple effects A Junior Senior Scholarship set up Claire Daugherty for bigger, life-changing rewards.
Growing up in a middle-class family, Claire Daugherty was taught to work hard and save for college. Still, she needed a part-time job and loans to help pay her portion of her Case education. Then a Junior Senior Scholarship delivered some financial flexibility.
The scholarship was enough to cover the cost of her housing, which allowed her to focus on her studies and the pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree. And it set her up for further rewards.
In June, the third-year student from Pittsburgh learned she was the recipient of a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Awarded annually by the U.S. Department of Defense, the scholarship provides students with up to five years of full tuition, summer internships, a stipend and eventually a full-time job with the Defense Department, the nation’s largest employer of scientists and engineers.
Since 2006, only nine CWRU students have received the prestigious award.
Suddenly, Daugherty’s engineering dreams are riding a high speed rail.
She knew in high school she wanted to be an engineer, she said. “I enjoyed math and physics, which I know is unheard of. I enjoy being hands-on in the problem solving process. It’s what I’m good at. If I’m going to make a difference, that’s where.”
Although challenging at times, Case has proven to be a great academic fit, she said. She likes the intimacy of the programs, the easy rapport with professors, and the student groups that offer real-world experiences. Her essay for the SMART award describe how she tries to use her talents to help others. She told of her experience as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the Case School of Engineering and as a member of the Costa Rica project team for the Humanitarian Design Corps.
Upon graduation, there’s a job waiting for her at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland. While she never envisioned working for the military or one of its contractors, she likes that she’ll be exposed to myriad facets of engineering, and have the opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers.
“I think it’s a really great way to get started. I’m excited to work at a facility that will enable me to make an impact,” she said.
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