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Scholars Give Back

Scholars Give Back is a scholar-organized giving campaign to support the next generation of Astronaut Scholars.
To date, more than $300,000 has been raised, by scholars, to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

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Overview

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 Scholars.

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.



Astronaut Scholars Make an Impact

In addition to monetary gifts, Astronaut Scholars give back in multiple ways such as:
  Mentoring 
  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




Additional Ways to Give Back

In addition to monetary gifts, Astronaut Scholars can support ASF in multiple ways:
  Introduce your company to ASF (matching gift program, recruitment program, sponsorship opportunities)
  Host an Astronaut Scholar Meet-up for your region
  Follow ASF on social media
  Share your continued education or career updates



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Give in Honor of an Astronaut Scholar

Family, friends, and employers of Astronaut Scholars are welcome to contribute in honor of a scholar. If you are making an honorary gift, please note the scholar’s name in the comment section and we will notify the scholar that a donation has been made in their name.





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