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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is seeking nominations for its $10,000 scholarship for an outstanding Penn State engineering, math or natural or applied sciences major. Students nominated for Astronaut Scholarships should exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major and should be intellectually daring in order to join the ranks of the elite Astronaut Scholars.

Office Application Deadline: February 26, 2018


  • U.S citizen
  • Full-time sophomore or junior (1-2 years of study remaining after applying)
  • Completed at least 2 years of full-time study at Penn State by the fall semester following your application
  • Majoring in a STEM field

Application Process: The university is allowed to nominate up to two applicants, so there is an internal selection process. Applications are submitted directly to our office by the date above. Applicants will be notified by early March if they've been nominated or not. Nominees will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission on March 24th. To be considered for nomination applicants must submit directly to our office via email or hardcopy ( or 321 Boucke Bldg.) the following materials:

  • Nomination form (completed by lead reference, with applicant’s assistance, available below)
  • Personal research statement (see instructions document below)
  • Resume or academic CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Financial summary form (available below)
  • Two letters of recommendation from Penn State faculty members
    • Letters should come directly from your references and can be emailed so long as they are on letterhead and have a signature

The nomination form and financial summary form can be downloaded via the links below. Please note that while ASF uses the term nominator, your nominator is just your lead reference, and you should ask for their support as you would for any other opportunity. You do not need to be asked to apply by anyone.

This year's application forms are expected to be available in mid-December. Please check back then.

  • Astronaut Scholarship Nomination Form
  • Astronaut Financial Summary Form
  • Astronaut Instructions
Current Status: 
Sophomore, Junior
Duration of Award: 
None (Award Only)
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802

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