Astronaut Scholarship

About the Astronaut Scholarship
Eligibility
Application Timeline
Previous Recipients


About the Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was established originally 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 and brightest students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees. The foundation now awards 28 scholarships annually, each worth $10,000, for a total of $280,000. They seek college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major.

For additional information, visit the Astronaut Scholarship website here.


Eligibility

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

  • Competitive nominees will be high-achieving sophomores and juniors with significant research accomplishments. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters at USC to be eligible.
  • By faculty nomination only.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Application Timeline

USC will not be nominating a student for the Astronaut Scholarship during the 2017-18 academic year. 

Mid-January

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.

End of January

Student nominations due to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs. Scholarship nominees are those students who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.Competitive nominees will be high-achieving sophomores and juniors with significant research accomplishments.
Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters at USC to be eligible.
U.S. citizenship is required.

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

Early February

Faculty nomination letters due to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs. Competitive nominees will be high-achieving sophomores and juniors with significant research accomplishments.
Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters at USC to be eligible.
U.S. citizenship is required.

Late February

Student applications due to Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 by 11:59pm. Competitive nominees will be high-achieving sophomores and juniors with significant research accomplishments.

**Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters at USC to be eligible.

**U.S. citizenship is required.

Mid-March

Two excellent 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: Nina Singh, Biomedical Engineering


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