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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Brown University is now accepting nominations from faculty members for students to be considered for a 2015-16 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 is Friday, February 6, 2015 at 5pm.

Foundation History

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was created by the Mercury 7 astronauts in 1984 to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to the very best and brightest college students pursuing these degrees. The Mercury astronauts have since been joined by more than 100 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs making the Foundation a true legacy of America’s space pioneers. The Astronauts remain strongly committed to the Foundation and participate actively in building the best possible program dedicated to the encouragement of outstanding young Americans pursuing 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.

Scholarship Eligibility and Application Process

To qualify and compete for an ASF award, students must: be a U.S. citizen (birth certificate, US passport or naturalization papers required); have completed two years of full time study at the ASF designated campus (sophomores nominated to receive the award as juniors must demonstrate truly exceptional accomplishments during their first three semesters); be a junior or senior at the time their scholarship begins at that same Foundation-supported school; be majoring in Natural or Applied Science, Engineering or Mathematics; be a full-time student during both terms of the ASF-supported academic year (one-semester students are not eligible); have conducted a considerable amount of research in their field; and have been nominated for consideration by a professor at that university who knows the student well enough to identify a special drive or talent that foreshadows a creative career leading to the advancement of scientific knowledge and technology. In addition, ideal candidates will have exhibited motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in their fields, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them, both in and out of the classroom. An awarded scholarship may not be transferred to another degree program or institution.

Although need is given consideration if both nominees are deemed equal, it is not a driving force in the selection process. 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. Please note that emphasis is placed upon 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, so clinical medical research is not considered in the research selection criteria. However, biomedical research is included. Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered and will disqualify the institution for that academic year.

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. 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 Prof. James Head in Lincoln Field Building, room 104. You may also mail your application (by campus or U.S. mail*: Dept. of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, Campus Box 1846, Providence, RI 02912; for overnight mail (such as FedEx), include the street address: 324 Brook St.)

Astronaut Scholarship Application Packet (PDF)

*Note: If you are mailing your application to Prof. Head, it must be received by the deadline date of February 6, 2015.