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 program and are good for one year. These camps include Space Camp, Space Academy, Advanced Space Academy, Aviation Challenge Mach I, Mach II, and Mach III, Space Camp Robotics Camp and Robotics Academy. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. All applicants must be age 9-18 and attending 4th – 12th grade. For more information about these 6-day weeklong camps, please click here.
Each applicant must answer two essay questions, design and describe a mission patch, describe a science project using the scientific method or engineering design process and provide two letters or recommendation.
Applicants may apply in one of four categories described below - Financial Need, Special Needs, Academic Achievement or Leadership.
- 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. Applicants must be able to attend the 6-day weeklong, individual camp without a parent or guardian.
- 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 photos illustrating activities or awards related to his/her leadership role in his/her community or school. Applicant should emphasize his or her leadership roles throughout the application, particularly through letters of recommendation, the essays and the mission patch drawing and description.
The Space Camp Scholarship Application is open for both international and U.S. applicants. For questions about scholarships, you may contact Anita Hausheer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: If you are applying in response to a specific scholarship for your region, please check the appropriate box for regional scholarships located in the online application form. These are:
- Seattle Space Gals scholarship for girls from the Pacific Northwest
- KASPER (Knox Area Space Program Education Resources) scholarship for Knox County Tennessee residents (priority is given to applicants with financial need)
- Delta Autumn Space Adventure scholarship for children ages 9-11 (grades 4-6) from Oxford, MS