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• 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