Scholarship applications for 2018 Space Camp season will open mid October 2017.
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, Mach III, Space Camp Robotics Camp and Robotics Academy. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. All applicants must be attending 4th – 12th grade. For more information about these 6-day weeklong camps, please go to www.spacecamp.com.
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 two letters of recommendation. Detailed information about these requirements will be available in October. 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. 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 an essay describing his/her leadership role in his/her community or school and include pictures of these activities.
For questions about scholarships, you can contact Anita Hausheer at anitah@SPACECAMP.COM.