The Alaska Space Grant Program (AGSP) was established in 1991 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). Created by Congress in 1988, Space Grant was implemented by NASA a year later in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as a network of university-based consortia. Today it is a consortium of public and private colleges, universities and non-profit organizations that promote and support and fund education, research, outreach, and teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM-related areas of study in Alaska and all the other states in the US. Since its inception 27 years ago, Space Grant has grown to maintain over 850 affiliates and has awarded over 23,000 American citizens with financial assistance with their tuition in science, engineering, NASA and other related areas of STEM. Additionally, it has countless service projects in all 50 states.
AGSP Undergraduate Fellowship valued at up to $1,000 is available to students intending to major in a STEM-related field of study. AGSP calls all students to apply for the fellowship but strongly encourages especially women and underrepresented groups such as Alaska Natives, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities. Applicants must be a US citizen and a resident of Alaska or enrolled at an accredited Alaskan college or university and be in good academic standing. Although funds are subject to the availability of NASA funding there are usually ten recipients per year. The application process is a relatively straightforward application requesting basic biographical information and education data with supporting documentation of transcripts and one letter of recommendation. A resume detailing education, training experiences, employment and other skills and accomplishments should be included. Finally, a cover letter of intent setting career intentions in NASA-related and STEM disciplines and further explanation of who the scholarship will contribute to the career goals set forth. AGSP asks applicants to outline how their career choice will positively impact Alaska, NASA and/or the STEM community. The decision committees suggest that any additional interesting or diverse information that would set the applicant apart from others and therefore help qualify the candidate to be included in the explanation as well. Recipients of the fellowship will be requested to complete periodic survey/questionnaires so that their feedback will better inform future projects with their longitudinal tracking.
Space Grant Fellow will also agree to acknowledge the support of the NASA Alaska Space Grant Program in all Space Grant educational or research projects and presentations. Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the specified date. No late materials will be accepted, and incomplete packets will be disqualified. Applications are viewed as they arrive and funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Award announcements will be sent to recipients via email on October 1st. The scholarship deadline is September 15, 2017. You can find more information online.