Astronaut Scholarship

About the Astronaut Scholarship
Application Timeline
Previous Recipients
AHF Advising

About the Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was established in 1984 as the Mercury Seven Foundation by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury Seven astronauts. Since its founding, more than 100 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs have united to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing college scholarships for the very best students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees. The Foundation awards 50 scholarships annually, each worth $10,000, to exceptional college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major.


Scholarship nominees are those students who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.  Competitive nominees will be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • high-achieving sophomores and juniors; transfer students must have completed at least three semesters at USC to be eligible
  • majoring in Natural or Applied Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematics (biomedical research students are eligible, however, those pursuing a practice in professional medicine are ineligible)
  • experienced researchers in their specific field
  • nominated by a USC faculty member who will provide a nomination letter on the nominee’s behalf

Special consideration is not given to aeronautical/astronautical engineering students or those intending to pursue careers as astronauts.

Application Timeline

Mid-December 2018

Call for nominations sent out to USC faculty in relevant fields. Students who are interested and eligible can request that a faculty member nominate them.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Student nominations due to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs 

Week of January 21, 2019

Student nominees notified and invited to apply for Campus Endorsement

Monday, February 4, 2019

Astronaut Scholarship Campus Endorsement Application Deadline

Mid to Late February

Astronaut Scholarship Campus Endorsement Committee Application Review Period


Two exceptional USC students will be submitted to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Committee for review and final selection.

Previous Recipients

2011: Simca Bouma, Mathematics & Physics
2012: Nishita Deka, Electrical Engineering
2013 & 2014: Jason Silverman, Astronautical Engineering
2015: Lawrence Liu, Mathematics & Physics
2016: Richelle Smith, Electrical Engineering
2017 & 2018: Nina Singh, Biomedical Engineering

Nina Singh speaks at Astronaut Scholarship Fund Technical Conference 2018

Contact Us

Open Advising: December – Early February
Request an Appointment

Back to Top