August 27, 2009

NASA accepting scholarship applications

The U.S. space agency says it will begin accepting aeronautics scholarship applications Sept. 1, for the 2010 academic year.

These scholarships are a fantastic way to support our brightest students and encourage them to finish their education, expose them to NASA's research programs and inspire them to pursue a career in aeronautics, said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

The space agency said it expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields.

Undergraduate students entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per annually for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center up to two consecutive summers.

NASA said students not committed to a specific academic institution or program still may apply but, if accepted, they must be admitted by fall 2010 into a suitable aeronautical engineering program or related field of study at an accredited U.S. university.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens and the scholarship money may be used for tuition and other school-related expenses.

The application deadline is Jan. 11.

More information about the program is available at