Astronaut Scholarship: $10,000 for Math, Science, or Engineering

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation annually awards $10,000 scholarships to 19 outstanding students in engineering and natural or applied sciences. Texas A&M may nominate up to two students for this award. Competitive applicants will exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in their field of study, as demonstrated by high academic achievement, significant research experience, and clarity of long-term goals.

Eligibility

  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member
  • Students must be U.S. citizens
  • Nominees must be entering his or her junior or senior year (or be a graduating senior seeking a master’s degree at Texas A&M)
  • Nominees must be engineering or natural or applied science (e.g. astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computer science) or mathematics students with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the scholarship. NB: Students who are pursuing aerospace engineering or who intend to become astronauts are not favored in this competition.

Procedure

Students who wish to apply for this award must be nominated by a faculty member.  An official nomination consists of the Astronaut Scholarship Nomination form (attached) and a letter of endorsement. Nominations and completed applications must be submitted by March 10, 2010.

To be considered for University nomination, a student must submit the following materials to the Honors Programs office:

  • A completed Faculty Nomination form accompanied by a letter of recommendation providing “examples of the [student’s] involvement and commitment to sciences beyond the formal classroom, as shown on the transcript, [recognizing that] creativity is an important attribute” in selecting Astronaut Scholars.
  • An additional letter of recommendation
  • Nominations and letters of Recommendation should be sent directly to the Honors Programs office, MS 4233, TAMU, College Station TX 77843
  • A short (i.e. one-page) statement that discusses the applicant’s interests, activities, and goals.
  • A one- or two-page resume
  • An official transcript of all colleges and universities attended (as a degree-seeking student)
  • A completed “Financial Summary Form”
The Faculty Nomination form and the Financial Summary Form may be obtained via the National Scholarships Website: http://honors.tamu.edu/advising/NationalScholarships_programlistings.shtml#ASF.

Original hard copies of the application materials should be submitted to the Honors Programs office, c/o Astronaut Scholarship Committee, MS 4233 or delivered in person to Henderson Hall.  Alternately, faculty may submit .pdfs of the materials to Kyle Mox at kemox@tamu.edu.  Students may not submit their application materials via email.

The University may nominate two students for this award; University nominees will be selected by a faculty committee. The final deadline for submission is April 1. Scholars will be announced in June.

Nomination Rationale

Students must be nominated for this award by a faculty member who knows the student well enough to identify a special drive or talent that foreshadows a creative career leading to advancement of scientific knowledge and technology. The selection committee of the Astronaut Scholarship makes their selections primarily on the basis of merit. The committee seeks students who are highly motivated, focused in their scientific objectives, and possessed of intellectual daring.  The campus committee will select the University’s nominees based on the following criteria:

  • High Academic Achievement: A GPA above 3.8 and evidence of “intellectual intensity” as shown by a demanding curriculum and accomplishments outside the classroom. Selection committees also look for indicators that the student will make significant future contributions in his or her chosen field.
  • Commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Internships, research, and related employment strengthen a student’s application. Students should also have shown involvement in math, science, or engineering student or professional organizations. Activities not related to math, science, or engineering bear little weight, however.  Competitive applicants clearly demonstrate initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.
  • Letters of recommendation: Evaluations should come from faculty members who can discuss your potential for a career in math, science, or engineering. At least one of these must be in the applicant’s field of study. Applicants who have done research must obtain a letter from the individual who supervised his or her work.
Please address further questions to Kyle Mox: kemox@tamu.edu.
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