Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) apprenticeships are awarded under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2191, Armed Forces - Graduate Fellowship. Information requested on application forms and fellows' progress reports is solicited under this authority. The application information may be disclosed to reviewers and staff assistants as part of the SEAP process for evaluation and selection of qualified applicants. Information provided in applications and fellows' progress reports may be disclosed to academic institutions attended by applicants and fellows to provide or obtain data regarding the applicant review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards. Aggregated data based on application materials may be used in management reports designed to evaluate the direction and progress of the program and for reporting within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Government. Attribution of specific data to individual applicants will be avoided, whenever possible, in using information provided. A fellow's application information may be shared with DoD laboratory personnel, for the purpose of receiving information about summer employment or other opportunities, only if an applicant consents to sharing of the application information using the check box within the application. A list of apprenticeship winners may be published.
Submission of the information requested on the application is voluntary. Omission of any particular item not necessary to establish eligibility will not prejudice the application review, although failure to provide full and complete information needed to evaluate all of the merits of the application may reduce the possibility of receiving an award. In order to determine the degree to which members of diverse sections of the eligible population are aware of and apply for this program, completion of the demographic fields on the application relating to gender, ethnicity, and race, is requested, but voluntary; omission of any demographic field information will not affect award consideration. Applicants will be considered for award of the apprenticeship based on merit and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or age.