Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
Through a partnership with The Purdue Research Foundation, the Armstrong Family and Neil Armstrong’s friend, Jim Hays, ASF will recognize Astronaut Scholar Alumni who exemplify character, achievements and impact in their field of specialty in science and technology. The criteria are the benchmarks of the principles of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts. Developed in collaboration with The Purdue Research Foundation and the Armstrong family, the criteria embody all that Neil Armstrong stood for, along with those who followed in his footsteps.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was established to inspire the next generation to embrace science and technology and reward the best and brightest students thriving in science and technology. The Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will continue to inspire and recognize the young researchers, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and other disciplines who continue to push the boundaries with technological advances. Only ASF Astronaut Scholar Alumni are eligible to apply and award finalists will be invited to the “Innovator’s Gala”. This event will be held September 16, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. where participants will enjoy a night of networking and fellowship. The first recipient of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will be named during the gala.