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Aerospace Engineering Scholarships for High School

Instructor: Marissa Baranauskas
High school students who are interested in aerospace engineering have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to fund their college careers. Keep reading to get details on some of the scholarship opportunities available from the National Space Club and Foundation as well as NASA.

National Space Club and Foundation

The National Space Club and Foundation is a non-profit organization that was designed to promote collaboration between various professionals in the aerospace field.

National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar

Description: This scholarship is designed for students who have decided to enter into a STEM field of study with special consideration given tho those who indicate an interest in aerospace. Students who apply for this scholarship should also have excellent public speaking skills and a good academic record.

Eligibility: High school seniors to graduate students who are United States citizens may apply for this scholarship. An applicant must pursue their degree at an accredited college or university, and use the scholarship money to pay for tuition for the following school year. For example, the 2016 winner must use the scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. Finally, the applicant may not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner in the past. Applicants are only eligible to accept one scholarship offer from the National Space Club and Foundation in the same year.

Amount Awarded: A $10,000 scholarship and the keynote speaker at the annual Goddard Memorial Dinner.

Olin E. Teague Scholarship

Description: This scholarship is given each year to honor Olin E. Teague, who was a government official that supported advances in space studies. This scholarship is also designed for students who have an interest in an aerospace career field.

Eligibility: Any high school senior who is a United States citizen and attended an accredited United States high school is eligible to apply.

Amount Awarded: A $4,000 scholarship is awarded to one winner.

NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program

The NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was founded in 1989. It was formed through a partnership with colleges and universities throughout the country to get more individuals involved in STEM careers and education. It has grown to include more than 800 affiliates. Each college/university has its own criteria for the grant program. A complete list of colleges and universities involved in the Space Grant program is available on NASA's website. Check out the grant program below as an example.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to high school seniors, Early Entrance, and Running Start students who are Washington state residents and United States citizens. The applicant must plan to enroll in a STEM program at the University of Washington, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Amount Awarded: Various scholarships in amounts of $2,000 to $5,000 are awarded. In addition to the scholarship funding, Space Grant scholarship students have opportunities to participate in research, receive room and boarding in the Space Grant/ Honors housing, work with a faculty mentor, and collaborate with other Space Grant scholars. Students can reapply for this scholarship each year for an additional three years.

Additional Resources for Finding Funding for School

There are a variety of ways to make college affordable including grants, scholarships, and student loans. The following resources provide in-depth guides on the application process for financial aid and will provide some guidance on how to find additional sources of funding. To ensure that you understand what you've learned from these resources, each course includes interactive quizzes.

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