Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts

Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence

narmstrongpicThrough 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.

  • Eligibility
    • Applicant/Nominee must be a past ASF Astronaut Scholar recipient. Thus, any scholar that is from the class of 2016 and prior to that year are eligible to apply.
    • Applicant/Nominee must be a U.S. Citizen
    • The product, technology, or service being represented is designed in the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field.
    • The product, technology, or service has been recognized by others (company, industry, associations, etc.)
  • Application Deadline
    All applications with completed documentation are due March 31, 2017 by 11:59 pm.
  • Award Criteria
    • Applicant accomplishments must be related to STEM fields
    • Applicant must embrace and demonstrate a philosophy that fosters teamwork and promotes ingenuity
    • Applicant must meet the criteria as described in the categories below:
      • Character – Applicant should possess traits such as integrity, perseverance, critical thinking, intellectual daring, and a passion for exploration. The nominee will have clearly demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.
      • Achievement – The award will recognize any outstanding accomplishments in STEM fields, including scientific discovery, the development of creative technologies, new and advanced processes and systems, significant patent applications, novel prototypes, and other innovative contributions.
      • Impact – The nominee’s achievements should have a demonstrable impact on society through their effect on science, technology, industry, global leadership, or inspiration of future generations.
  • Review Process
    • All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Judging Committee
    • Finalists will be selected for the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence by June 15, 2017. All finalists will be notified and invited to attend the "Innovator's Gala" in Washington D.C. on September 16, 2017.
    • The recipient of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will be named during the gala celebration.
  • Apply

*Disclaimer: Submitting a nomination/application does not guarantee an award. Neil Armstrong™ used with permission from The Purdue Research Foundation.