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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium undergraduate scholarship, graduate fellowship, and STEM Bridge Scholarship programs annually awards approximately $300,000 to students pursuing higher education at Virginia Space Grant universities (William & Mary, Hampton University, ODU, UVA, and VA Tech) and Virginia community colleges. Scholarship / fellowship applications containing more information and student eligibility requirements may be downloaded from their website.

The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.

Awards are one-year, non-renewable scholarships. Students may apply for the following:

a $3,000 student stipend during the 2012–13 academic year
and/or a $3,500 stipend during summer 2012 or 2013 (must be specified in application)
plus, $1,000 research allocation for materials and travel to support research activities conducted during the academic year
and/or $1,000 research allocation during the summer 2012 or 2013 (if doing summer research).

The maximum award per year cannot exceed $8,500. This is a competivite scholarship program, funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions, with the goals of:

Promoting undergraduate aerospace research while recognizing high academic achievement and promise Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aerospace-related careers Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Eligibility:
Must be U.S. citizen Must enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions
Must have completed at least two years of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2011-2012 academic year (must have at least junior status by summer 2011 if choosing this option)
Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA's mission
Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

See the website for complete application instructions.  The deadline is in February

The purpose of the VSGC Graduate STEM Research Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in the aerospace industry that support NASA's mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $5,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA's mission.   Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive fellowship program and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise.

Goals:

Encouraging undergraduate students in STEM and aerospace-related fields of study to continue to the graduate level
Promote graduate aerospace-related research, while recognizing high academic achievement and promise
Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aerospace-related careers
Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Eligibility

Must be a U.S. citizen

Must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions
May apply prior to entering or anytime during your graduate program Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA's mission
Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

See the website for complete application details.  The deadline is in February.

 A major goal of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is to help produce the engineers and scientists of the future. While opportunities for careers in aerospace have expanded, the number of talented students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering and the sciences has declined.  To encourage talented individuals to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields and research, the VSGC established the STEM Bridge Scholarship Program

The STEM Bridge Scholarship Program is a great entryway into the NASA pipeline and can lead to future VSGC scholarships and fellowships and NASA internship programs. This is a competitive scholarship program, funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions, with the goals of:

  • Increasing participation in STEM-related research and careers by students from any federally recognized minority who demonstrate high academic achievement and promise;
  • Promoting undergraduate STEM-related research by assisting students with establishing relationships with student and faculty mentors early in their academic career;
  • Increasing the diversity of applicants to VSGC’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program by creating a bridge program that supports federally recognized minority students in their early undergraduate years; and,
  • Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Scholarship Program Awards and Eligibility

The VSGC STEM Bridge Scholarship Program provides an award of $1,000 to sophomore students from any federally recognized minority enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant institutions.  To be eligible, students must be identified as a member of a federally recognized minority studying in one of the STEM fields. Federally recognized minorities include students whose ethnicity is African American, Native American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander.  Female students who are members of these federally recognized minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Successful scholarship recipients are expected to have grade point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students must be U.S. citizens and a rising sophomores at time of the award (Fall 2013).