Note: The deadline for the 2014-15 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award has passed. Once the 2015-2016 application is made available (late Fall 2014), this page will be updated.
Brown University is now accepting nominations from faculty members for students to be considered for a 2014-15 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award. Nominated students could be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. See the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation site for more information. The deadline for nominations to be reviewed by the Brown internal review committee has been extended to Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5pm.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created from the Mercury Seven Foundation that was formed in 1984 by the original class of American astronauts. In the beginning, the Mercury Seven Foundation depended largely on direct contributions resulting from the activities of the Founders. The Astronauts remain strongly committed to the Foundation and participate actively in building the best possible program dedicated to encouragement of outstanding young Americans to pursue careers in science and engineering, especially in fields with strong research and applied components. Just as they were pioneers in space, the Founders wished to encourage and nurture potential pioneers in all aspects of science and technology. The Mercury Seven have been joined in this endeavor by the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Shuttle astronauts to make the Foundation a true legacy of America’s space pioneers.
Scholarship Application Process
Students may not apply directly for an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award. A student must be nominated by a faculty member who knows the student well enough to identify a special drive or talent that may lead to a creative career in the advancement of scientific knowledge and technology. Accordingly, nominees must have proven themselves by both their academic and research achievements as fulltime undergraduate students at Brown University. Actual research accomplishments should be highlighted in student applications. Qualified undergraduates who have completed two years of fulltime study on the designated campus may receive scholarships for their junior and/or senior year. However, since the scholarship application must be submitted during the second semester of the year prior to the start of the scholarship, sophomores nominated to receive the scholarship as juniors must demonstrate truly exceptional accomplishments during their first three semesters to be considered. An awarded scholarship may not be transferred to another degree program or institution.
The foundation requires that all nominees be United States citizens. Additionally, candidates must be juniors or seniors at the time their scholarship begins. It is the desire of the Foundation to encourage the most creative and innovative candidates who have the drive and ability to move into unknown territory. Emphasis is placed on demonstrated potential or ability and a drive to do research and to develop new ideas, inventions and innovative technology. Astronaut Scholarships are not awarded for pre-medical studies, therefore clinical medical research is not considered in the research selection criteria. However, biomedical research is included.
The nominating faculty member must complete the nomination form (with the help of the nominee) and letter of support ONLY; other required materials (nominee’s statement, resume, recent official transcript, copy of nominee’s proof of U.S. citizenship, financial report, etc.) are to be filled out by the nominee, collected by the nominating faculty and submitted together along with the supporting documents.
All materials must be submitted to James_Head@brown.edu.