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2016 Applications are now open

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Applications are due on January 12, 2016.

The scholarship program is managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation. Full scholarships cover tuition, room & board for any 6-day weeklong, individual camp programs and are good for one year. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. All applicants must be attending 4th – 12th grade.

Applicants may apply in one of four categories - Financial Need, Special Needs, Academic Achievement, or Leadership. Each applicant must answer two essay questions, design a mission patch, describe a science project using the scientific method, and provide three letters of recommendation. A selection committee reviews applications and scholarships are awarded based on available funding.


  • Financial Need/Disadvantaged - applicants in this category must either be in a low income family or receiving government assistance. A letter from the principal stating the applicant is receiving free or reduced lunch at the school OR a copy of a letter from a government agency stating the applicant’s family is receiving government assistance (ie Food Stamps, Medicaid, HUD) must be submitted with the application.
  • Special Needs - applicants in this category must have a learning challenge and/or physical challenge. A letter from a teacher, principal, or physician stating the applicant has a learning and/or physical challenge must be submitted along with a letter from the applicant describing his/her disability.
  • Academic Achievement - applicants in this category must have excelled academically AND/OR be participating in a gifted program. A letter from the applicant’s teacher or principal stating the applicant is in a gifted or honors program OR a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card OR a copy of the applicant’s recent national or state standardized test scores must be submitted with the application.
  • Leadership – applicants in this category must demonstrate exceptional leadership in school and/or community. Applicant must submit an essay describing his/her leadership role in his/her community or school and include pictures of these activities.


  • Essay #1: In 150 words or less, tell us why you feel you should be a recipient of a Space Camp scholarship.
  • Essay #2: For those applying for any of the three Space Camps or either of the two Robotics Camps: NASA is predicting man will land on Mars in the next 20 years. What training, skills, and attributes are you developing now to be able to take a trip to Mars in 20 years?

    For those applying for Mach I: If you could choose any aircraft ever created, which one would you choose to fly? Why?

    For those applying for Mach II and Mach III: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are revolutionizing civil aviation, with men and women around the globe using the technology to perform amazing tasks and research. If you could start your own UAV company, what service or research would you provide with this emerging technology?

    Requirements: Grades 4-6: 3 paragraphs; Grades 7-9: 250 words; Grades 10-12: 500 words

  • Mission Patch and Description: Design a mission patch that portrays your talents, school, and community activities in which you are involved, awards/honors you may have received, as well as any events in your life that have had an impact on family, school, and/or other activities. The patch can be hand drawn or created on a computer. The artistic design of the patch will not be a determining factor in scholarship selection, but, rather, the way the applicant is able to introduce himself/herself to us. Please attach a description of the patch (no longer than one page) that includes explanations of symbols, colors, lettering, etc. along with your patch.
    Sample patch and description below:
    My patch is in the shape of a tree. It represents my love of the outdoors. In the tree you will find bubbles and boxes. In them are symbols of things that help to describe me. You will see a magnifying glass and an old piece of paper with writing on it. This shows that I love to explore. I am very curious about the world around me. Next you will find a plant and clouds. This shows my love for nature. In another box there are letters and a book which represents my love of reading and learning new things. You will also find a picture of the moon and stars. This represents my interest in space and that I would love to learn more about it. There is also a picture of an orange which simply means that I like oranges, yum! ;) The music notes show my love for playing music, specifically my violin. I have been playing violin since I was 5 years old. Finally you will see beakers because I love science and doing all kinds of experiments with random things.
  • Science Project: Explain using the scientific method one science project in which you have participated during the past two years. If you have not participated in any science projects, look up a science project online or in a library and perform it at home using the scientific method.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Submit three letters of recommendation from people not related to you which tells us why he/she thinks you would be a good candidate for a Space Camp scholarship. Examples: teachers, principals, community leaders, coaches, neighbors.

    For questions about scholarships, you can contact Kelly Hatley at