Each Astronaut Scholar has their own unique story of how
becoming a recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship has impacted their education or career. To show
their gratitude and share this opportunity with more students, the Astronaut Scholar Alumni created
the Scholars Give Back Campaign in 2009. The first group of scholars gave modest amounts, similar to
the humble beginnings of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Today, Astronaut Scholar Alumni support
various programs that they believe makes a significant impact for the newest class of Astronaut
George and Lisa Schott, fellow Astronaut Scholar, created the George and Lisa Schott S.P.A.C.E. Endowment to help support other programs that make a profound impact on students.
An anonymous Astronaut Scholar made a gift to increase the length of eligibility for the Travel Grant. Thanks to their support, Astronaut Scholars are now eligible to apply for up to 10 years post scholarship award year.
In addition to monetary gifts, Astronaut Scholars give back
in multiple ways such as:
Volunteering at events
Serving on committees
"I own my career success to
several great mentors. Working directly with scholars through ASF’s mentoring program enables me to
give back. I remember how hard it was to navigate my early career, from choosing a thesis project in
graduate school and finding the right lab for my postdoc, to looking for my first job in industry. It
is fun to get to know these incredibly bright, young scientists and help them on their journey. ASF
provides many great opportunities for me to pay it forward."
– 1999 Astronaut Scholar Douglas Sheridan