More than 30 years ago, the surviving Mercury 7 astronauts formed the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) to pursue a powerful new mission – to use their experience and credibility to inspire student pursuit of advanced education and scientific endeavors to keep America on the leading edge of technology. Today, astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs, along with top industry leaders, educational institutions and individuals, have joined the cause. Through their collective support, ASF awards merit-based scholarships to the most intellectually daring undergraduate junior and senior students who excel in STEM fields.
The Astronaut Scholarship is regarded as the most prestigious and generous STEM-based financial award of its kind because the scholarship transcends a monetary gift. Recipients receive life-long networking, professional development and mentoring opportunities throughout their careers with astronauts, other scholars and innovative technology leaders throughout the nation. As such, we honor the legacies of our U.S. astronauts and help meet America’s demand for the innovators of tomorrow.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million to more than 500 deserving students who have made profound technological innovations in health care, energy, defense, aerospace, homeland security and many other fields in science and technology.