Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts

Neil Armstrong™ Award of Excellence

Through a partnNeilArmstrongPreferredPhotoership with The Purdue Research Foundation, the Armstrong Family and Neil Armstrong’s friend, Jim Hays, ASF will recognize Astronaut Scholar Alumni who exemplify personal character, professional achievement and impact in their field. These criteria embody Neil Armstrong’s core values and those of his colleagues, the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was established to inspire the next generation to embrace science and technology and to reward the best and brightest students in these fields. The Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will continue to inspire and recognize scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who continue to advance the boundaries of their fields. Only ASF Astronaut Scholar Alumni are eligible to apply and the award winner will be invited to the “Innovators Gala”. The inaugural 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 as the first recipient of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will be presented with the prestigious award.

Many thanks to our esteemed judging panel.

Mike Griffin – Chair
Barbara Barrett
Eileen Collins
Kenneth Ford
Traver Kennedy
Scott Parazynski
James Rice
Meenakshi Wadhwa
Jianbang Zhang

  • Eligibility
    • Applicant/nominee must be a past ASF Astronaut Scholar recipient. All scholars from the class of 2017 and prior years are eligible to apply.
    • Applicant/nominee must be a U.S. citizen.
    • The achievement, product, technology, or service cited for the award has been widely recognized by others (company, industry, associations, etc.).
  • Application Deadline
    All applications with completed documentation are due March 30, 2018 by 11:59 pm.
  • Award Criteria
    • Applicants must offer evidence of significant accomplishments in a STEM field.
    • Applicants must embrace and demonstrate a philosophy that fosters teamwork and promotes ingenuity.
    • Applicants 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 the inspiration of future generations.
  • Review Process
    All eligible applications will be reviewed by the judging committee and the winner will be selected for the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence by June 11, 2018.  All nominees will be notified and invited to attend the Innovators Gala in Washington D.C. 2018.  The recipient of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence will be awarded 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.