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Astronaut Scholarship increases
annual $10,000 scholarship by 50 percent

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) today (12/1/2020) announced it has increased the amount of its annual scholarships by 50% - from $10,000 per student to $15,000. At a time when so many of our nation’s university students have had their education career negatively impacted by COVID-19, this news couldn’t come at a better time.

Below are some details to support this announcement–

•  A total of 56 college students each received up to $15,000 scholarships this year – a $5,000 increase per student from 2019.


•  The Astronaut Scholarship is not exclusive to aspiring astronauts – it is awarded to exceptional junior and senior level college students pursuing STEM degrees.


•  Goal of the annual Astronaut Scholarship – to encourage more students to pursue scientific endeavors; regarded as the most prestigious and generous STEM-based financial award of its kind.


•  Scholarship transcends money. Awardees also receive professional development opportunities and lifetime access to ASF’s esteemed network of astronauts, working professionals, other scholars and innovative technology leaders. 


•  Over past 35+ years, $5 million awarded to 623 students pursuing degrees in life sciences, energy, defense, aerospace, homeland security and other STEM fields. Fun (collective) facts about our Scholars:
    •  61% male; 39% female
    •  Have earned 847 bachelor’s degrees, 250 master’s degrees, 264 doctorate degrees
    •  Published 264 technical papers and secured 123 patents
    •  Top 3 fields they work in: life sciences (24%); aerospace & astronomy (19%); chemical engineering/chemistry & optical engineering and science (each at 13%)


•  Click here to learn more about the annual Scholarship Program


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