Space Camp Scholarships


The ASMDA Space Camp Scholarships Committee is responsible for managing the ASMDA yearly Space Camp Scholarship program. The committee is responsible for announcing the details of the yearly scholarship opportunity, budgeting, advertising, collecting applications, and reviewing and recommending scholarship selections to the ASMDA board. The committee is also responsible for notifying the scholarship recipients, applicants who were not selected and appropriate personnel at the Space and Rocket Center who facilitate the space camp and arrangements. The committee is also responsible for working with the Space and Rocket Center to set up an appreciation luncheon (halfway through the camp) with campers and various local dignitaries (Huntsville and Madison mayors, commanders, directors or representatives of various supported organizations, etc.)

As part of the ASMDA Sponsorship process, the committee is responsible for soliciting sponsors for the space camp attendees - $500 per attendee and a sponsor for the appreciation luncheon - $1500.

Sponsors for attendees will: 1. Have their company logo on all marketing and informational material and be provided a seat at the appreciation luncheon beside their sponsored attendee.

The sponsor for the luncheon will: 1. Have their company logo on the easel at the entrance to the appreciation luncheon and on all marketing and informational material; 2. Be formally recognized by the presiding ASMDA Board member during their remarks at the appreciation lunch; and 3. Reserved two seats at the head table for the appreciation lunch. Sponsorship form is included as Attachment I in the Operating Plan.

ASMDA sponsors an annual Space Camp Scholarship program which covers the expenses of 16 children to attend a one-week space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This is an all-expenses paid award open to children, ages 9-11, of parents in our supported organizations and corporate members including OCONUS locations such as Kwajalein and Alaska. The scholarship normally supports a Space Camp class scheduled during the first week in July.

The call or announcement of the scholarship opportunity is communicated through various government Public Affairs Offices of supported organizations and on the ASMDA
website. Information and application instructions are posted/communicated around mid-March of each year. Applications are due the first part of May at which time the ASMDA Space Camp Committee evaluates applications based on the child's essay, school grades, interest in science and space, location (goal is to have at least two campers from Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Kwajalein, and Alaska) and financial need. Alaska and Kwajalein selections are made locally by community and school representatives using the same criteria.

In late May, the Space and Rocket Center Scholarship Committee notifies the scholarship winners and provides them with a certificate. The names of the scholarship recipients are provided to the Space and Rocket Center who then makes all travel arrangements and communicates all camp requirements to the scholarship recipients. Applicants who were not selected are notified by the committee and provided with some small Space related mementoes (NASA swag) in recognition o f their efforts to apply.

As part of the program, ADMDA scholarship recipients are also provided with a flight suit and other assorted items. ASMDA also provides travel funding for chaperones of children traveling from OCONUS. Chaperones are provided a hotel stay (Marriott) for the duration of the camp, a rental car and some travel money. For CONUS fl yers, ASMDA pays for the unaccompanied minor travel fee.

Space Camp is one of ASMDA's premier programs and supports our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) objectives. It is also a fitting program for ASMDA which is headquartered in Huntsville, the birthplace o f US space.

The scholarship selection criteria and application are available on the ASMDA website and in Appendix B of the Operating Plan.

Within 14 days of completion of the Space and Rocket Center appreciation luncheon, the chairman of this activity will provide a paragraph, and possibly pictures to the ASMDA President and the Website Committee Chair for publication on the ASMDA website.

 Committee Chair Committee Members
 Pete Weiland Joe Green
  Al Kemmet
  Jim Davis
  Mary Beth Koelbl
  Dave Poehlein
  Kevin Moore