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2016 Scholarship Opportunities

Number and Type of Scholarships Available

Up to five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,000 each in this 33rd year of the program (2016-2017 school year). The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of $8,000 over 6 calendar years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be dependents of current/retired NASA employees or reimbursable detailees with NASA for a period of 2 years as of January 2015. (There is no minimum period of employment requirement for eligible dependents of former NASA employees or former reimbursable detailees who died while employed by NASA.)
  • All applicants must, in addition to the NASA dependency requirement, be graduated properly from an accredited public, private, parochial high school, be graduated from a home schooling program in accordance with the home schooling laws of the state in which the applicant resides, or be currently enrolled in college with good academic standing.
  • An applicant must have a minimum combined high school and college (if any) grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent. [Typical awardees have grade point average above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. If unusual circumstances presented obstacles to your academic achievement, please explain.]
  • Must be pursuing a course of study in the science or engineering field that will lead to a recognized undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.

A dependent under this program is defined as a student who is currently lawfully claimed as a dependent on the Federal income tax return of a current NASA employee, a retired NASA employee, or was lawfully claimed at the time of death on the Federal income tax return of a former employee/reimbursable detailee who died while employed by NASA.

In case of divorced or separated parents, dependency can be established upon proof of the above requirements by either parent. If the claiming parent is not the NASA employee, then proof of divorce or legal separation is also required. Any officer of the Corporation is authorized to make dependency determinations based on the requirements of the Bylaws.

After meeting the minimum requirements, applicants will be ranked based on the following objective standards:

  • Academic preparation, including all high school and college grades, and nature of courses;
  • School activities;
  • Community activities;
  • Performance on recognized tests designed to measure ability and aptitude for higher education, for example: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT);
  • Written recommendations from instructors or other knowledgeable individuals not related to the applicant (minimum of three), for example: School counselors, teachers and community leaders;
  • One-page statement of academic purpose by applicant.

Selectee Agreement

Each selectee and their sponsor (i.e., parent or legal guardian) shall be required to execute a written agreement with the corporation that he or she will comply with the scholarship program requirements as set out in the Bylaws of the corporation.

How to Apply

  • Open call for applications will be announced February 1, 2016
  • Application forms are available on-line Application Form (doc) (pdf) or from the Scholarship Fund Representative at your Center.
  • Applications should be prepared with black inked pen or typewritten. Electronically completed forms should be printed in black ink and submitted to address below. Electronic submission is not allowed.
  • Applicants should provide complete information in all categories.
  • All applicants must furnish, or arrange for the school to furnish, an official transcript of their high school grades with the application. If the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) is not shown on the transcript, the applicant must furnish an official record of his/her scores no later than the application deadline.
  • College students must furnish, or arrange for the school to furnish, their most recent official transcript of college grades with the application as well as an official transcript of high school grades. If the SAT or ACT scores are not shown on a transcript, the applicant must furnish an official record of his/her scores no later than the application deadline.
  • Applications must be submitted as a complete package with the exception of test scores or transcripts that may come directly from the source. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible. All completed application forms, transcripts, scores, reference letters, or materials must be received by the application deadline at the following address:

    NASA Johnson Space Center
    NASA College Scholarship Fund, Inc.
    Building 12, Room 269
    2101 NASA Parkway
    Houston, TX 77058

  • The application deadline is March 31, 2016.

Selection of Winners

  • Application forms and all attachments are copied and sanitized by the administrative staff to remove all references to name, race, gender, location, etc. This process ensures that all applications are considered fairly. The Scholarship Selection Committee will evaluate the sanitized forms and attachments and the top candidates selected.
  • All applicants will be notified by mail of the results by approximately June 30, 2016.