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Commemorate the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s 40 years of excellence in honoring America’s legends and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators.

“When it comes down to it, the Mercury Seven Foundation may be our greatest legacy.”

– Mercury 7 Astronaut Wally Schirra, ASF Founder

40 years ago, the six surviving Mercury 7 Astronauts (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton), Betty Grissom, William Douglas, M.D. and Henri Landwirth established the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Since its inception, the ASF had the mission of retaining the United States world leadership in technology and innovation to support the very best and brightest scholars in STEM while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts. From the original 7 scholarships in 1984, ASF has awarded more than $9 million Astronaut Scholarships to more than 800 Astronaut Scholars from 48 universities across the nation.

Dr. William Douglas and Dr. Al Miller, key contributors to the ASF’s success, played vital roles in shaping its legacy and recounted their experiences beautifully in these documents. Dr. Douglas was the Project Mercury surgeon and a founder of the ASF. Dr. Miller was the first Scholarship Selection Chairman who designed ASF’s unique process for obtaining nominations and selecting the top college students studying STEM. He was also one of the members who helped kickstart the Astronaut Scholars Honor Society, an alumni network that ensures all scholarship award recipients have a lifelong relationship with the Foundation.

Watch the video below to learn more about why our founders established the Mercury 7 Foundation, now known as the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Celebrate ASF's 40th Anniversary by making a contribution. All gifts received by July 19, the day ASF was incorporated, will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to Laura Shepard Churchley, Julie Shepard Jenkins, and past and current ASF Chairmen and their families.
Your gift supports exceptional students pursuing degrees in STEM and advances the vision of our founders.
Thank you for launching the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation into the next 40 years!

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U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® Induction Weekend featuring Space Rendezvous

Join the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Delaware North Company on the Space Coast as we celebrate the 2024 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® inductees during a weekend of informative presentations, inspirational ceremonies
and an out-of-this-world gala.

  • Date
    May 30 – June 1, 2024

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  • Locations
    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex & Hilton Cocoa Beach

Innovators Symposium & Gala featuring the Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence

Join the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) in Houston, TX, as we welcome the 2024 Astronaut Scholar Class to the ASF Family!
The weekend will include exclusive scholar events like the Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference and the Astronaut Scholar Professional Expo, as well as a formal gala to cap off the weekend with family and friends. We will also welcome the 2024 Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence recipient, an award that recognizes an outstanding Astronaut Scholar Alum who exemplifies personal character and professional achievement mirroring the core values of its namesake, Neil Armstrong.

  • Date
    August 14 – 17, 2024

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  • Locations
    South Shore Harbour Resort

Additional 2024 ASF Activities

Space Explorers Club
 Date Registration opens April 2024

ASF Founder’s Day & 40th Anniversary Day of Giving
 Date July 19, 2024

ASF Online Auctions
 Dates Spring, Summer & Fall 2024

Live Chat with an Astronaut
 Dates Spring, Summer & Fall 2024

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in learning more about our sponsorship opportunities available this year, please click the button below or contact us via email at development@astronautscholarship.org.We’ll be happy to provide you with more information!

2024 Sponsorship Opportunities
ASF Through the Years

Navigate through ASF’s remarkable journey over the past 40 years through our Flickr album showcasing the legacy of our founders and the achievements of our Astronaut Scholars.

ASF Through the Years
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