NASA has chosen 25 graduate and undergraduate students to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year, it said on May 12. The recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program, which is in its second year. The scholarship program is designed to aid students enrolled in fields of study with applications promising to aeronautics, NASA said in a news release.
“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,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “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.”
The students will 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 each will receive $15,000 a year to cover tuition costs for two years, and a $10,000 stipend during a summer internship with NASA. Graduate scholarship winners will receive $35,000 a year for as long 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, NASA said.
The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program annually awards 20 two-year undergraduate scholarships and summer internships, and five two- or three-year graduate scholarships with 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.
To see the 2009 scholarship recipients’ names and their schools: www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/aeronautics_scholarships/index.html