NASA Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Last September, SayCampusLife.com shared with our readers that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA had launched a college scholarship initiative for students whose studies include aeronautics or related fields. The application period ended on January 16th and earlier this week the space agency announced the names of the 25 recipients.

Hundreds of Qualified Applicants Applied

NASAAccording to NASA sources, recipients were chosen from hundreds of applications to the program, which is currently in its second year. The scholarship program is designed to aid students enrolled in fields of study with applications promising to aeronautics.

Quoting Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, “If NASA is to help solve the aviation challenges of the 21st century, we are going to need input from fresh, well-trained and motivated students entering the aeronautics arena. Our goal is to encourage and foster these students to continue with their interest in aviation and apply what they learn to our research efforts.”

Internship Opportunities For Scholarship Recipients

Each of the selected students will be given the opportunity to intern with NASA researchers and work directly on projects such as managing air traffic more efficiently, improving safety and reducing emissions and noise reduction.

Undergraduate scholarship winners will receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and a $10,000 stipend during a summer internship with NASA. Graduate scholarship winners will receive approximately $35,000 per year for as many as three years and $10,000 stipends for as many as two summer internships. To maintain their scholarship awards, all recipients must continue to meet the academic standards of the universities they attend.

The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program annually awards 20 two-year undergraduate scholarships plus summer internships, and five two- or three-year graduate scholarships plus summer internships. Acceptance of on-line applications for the fall 2010 scholarship year will begin in September. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or its territories. The application requirements include information on the students’ proposed area of study.

The List of Scholarship Recipients

To see the 2009 scholarship recipients’ names and their schools on an interactive map of the United States, visit:

http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/aeronautics_scholarships/index.html

For more information about aeronautics research at NASA, visit:

http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/

For information about NASA and its programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/

Source: NASA

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