Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces Scholarship

The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time during the award period at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

Students must apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year. The number of awards is contingent upon available funding. This is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizing high academic achievement and promise.

A small travel stipend for the Student Conference to be held in spring of 2018 will be provided to scholarship awardees.


Encouraging students engaged in associate degree programs who are preparing for careers in technology fields essential to America’s industrial and technological competitiveness, particularly those with aerospace and STEM relevance.
Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aeronautics, space and STEM fields.
Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
More information about NASA four Mission Directorates can be found in the links below:

Space Technology Mission – Rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise.
Aeronautics Research – Enable a safer, more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly air transportation system.
Human Exploration & Operations – NASA space operations related to human exploration in and beyond low Earth orbit.
Science – Advancing Earth System Science to meet the challenges of climate and environmental change

Must be a U.S. citizen
Must be currently enrolled in a Virginia Community College and have completed at least one semester of coursework (minimum of 9 credit hours) at time of application (spring 2017)
Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) during the award period (2017-2018)
Must be majoring in a STEM program of study
Must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Must expect to graduate by May 2018 or later