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Wesleyan Sophomore Receives Full Tuition, Post-Graduation Job Offer Through U.S. Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship

Apr 15, 2021

Buckhannon, W.Va. – A West Virginia Wesleyan College sophomore already has employment secured after graduation as the recipient of a U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship. 

Madisyn Fox ’23, of Caldwell, West Virginia, will also receive full tuition for up to five years, summer internships and a stipend in addition to full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation.

“I’m so thankful for my professors, especially Dr. Joseph Wiest, for challenging and supporting me along the way in this process,” Fox said. “This is an amazing opportunity to put my interests and skills to work in a field I’m passionate about, while contributing to something bigger than myself.”

Fox is a dual physics and political science major and has a special interest in the interdisciplinary application of  physics. She is vice president of Student Senate, a Service Scholar and a member of WE LEAD among other campus activities.

Wesleyan’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Dr. James Moore said, “We are very proud of Madisyn and her hard work to earn the SMART Scholarship and the opportunities she will be afforded through the Department of Defense. West Virginia Wesleyan College prepares students like Madisyn to succeed across all disciplines.”

This unique opportunity through the Department of Defense offers students hands-on experience at one of over 200 of the nation’s most innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force and larger Department of Defense. The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the nation with nearly 300,000 STEM professionals. 

During Fox’s summer internships, she will work directly with an experienced mentor, gaining technical skills. Following graduation, Fox will be employed at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center in Natick, Massachusetts.

For more information on the SMART program or to learn how students can apply, please visit


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit