Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Astronaut Scholarship

About the Astronaut Scholarship

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation supports exceptional undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields through scholarships worth $10,000. The Foundation was started by the six surviving members of the Mercury Seven astronauts along with friends and family of the Mercury Seven. It is still funded through the efforts of over 80 astronauts, but you do not need to be interested pursuing a career in aeronautics or aerospace. Rather, the scholarship seeks to maintain American excellence in STEM fields by supporting “those students who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.” Astronaut scholars have the opportunity to meet and network with their fellow scholars at an annual meeting in Florida, which coincides with the Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

– are at least a sophomore (funding is for junior or senior year) or a Masters student.
– are engaged in lab and research work in your field
– have a GPA of 3.7 and above
– study engineering, natural or applied science (e.g. astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computer science), or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Astronaut Scholarship application process:

Applicants must be nominated by faculty members; you cannot apply directly for the scholarship. Look for summer or semester research opportunities to foster relationships with faculty. Students are nominated on the basis of their demonstrated “initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field”.

The internal SU application process occurs in early November. The Syracuse University Astronaut committee nominates two of the best candidates from the list of nominees and submits their applications to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

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