This written application is the first step in our scholarship application process. Applications will be reviewed in February. Top applicants will move on to an interview in March which will allow for additional methods of expression. The written portion of the selection process is used to make sure applicants have goals and interests aligned with the Space Grant program.

Applicants are not evaluated on grammar.

Application FAQ

How to complete the application

We’ve tried to make our application as straightforward as possible — you can see the entire application below. There are no surprise questions, and you do not need to upload or submit any supporting documentation. We do not require transcripts at this stage, nor do we require letters of recommendation (read more about why in the next section).

There are two required short essays (max length: 500 words). We strongly recommend that you write your essays in another program (for example, Word or Google Docs) so that you can save and edit them at your own pace. When you feel your essays are complete, return to this form and copy/paste your essays into the boxes.

Please note! Our form does not save your progress. You cannot start the application one day and return to it another day to complete it. This is why we recommend you write your essays ahead of time, then return to this page to complete the application form.

Structure of our application

Before you start your application, please read this information regarding our application’s structure.

Washington NASA Space Grant acknowledges that many application processes in higher education may perpetuate the inequities that their programs are intended to alleviate. To that end, letters of recommendation have been removed from our application processes. This blog post provides for more detailed information on when this was removed from our undergraduate processes.

Also, many applications don’t make the evaluation criteria clear. There are often requirements that rely on students having a certain amount of cultural capital or knowledge of how to take a rhetorical approach to their personal statements. To that end, each short essay prompt in this application will include a statement of exactly what that prompt is intended to contribute to your application and how it will be evaluated.

We thank you for your application.

First-year scholars at UW application form

Please note: Space Grant awards are available only to U.S. citizens. You are not eligible if you have permanent residence ("green card") status or if you are on a visa.
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Demographic information

NASA requests this information to determine the degree to which members of diverse sections of the population are aware of and apply to WSGC programs. Submission of this information is voluntary and does not impact your eligibility or the strength of your application in any way.
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Academic information

Area of interest refers to areas you are interested in studying in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.

Supplemental information

This information gives us a better idea about who is applying for our scholarships and how our applicants find out about Space Grant. Previous NASA experience is not a factor in awarding Space Grant scholarships.
Many of our scholarship applicants have participated in other NASA programs or used NASA resources. Have you had any previous contact with NASA (i.e. participated in a NASA competition or visited a NASA center)?

Community involvement + General experience


Please highlight two extracurricular, volunteer, or community related activities you have been involved with throughout high school, including years of participation in that activity.

  • Name of activity
  • Type of involvement
  • Years
  • Brief description

First activity

Second activity


Please list up to three awards you have received throughout high school, including the year in which you received the award.

  • Name of award
  • Year of award
  • Brief description (if applicable)

ESSAY — Academic goals

This prompt is intended to provide sufficient information for our evaluators to determine how closely your interests and goals align with NASA initiatives. As a reminder, WSGC can support students in a variety of STEM disciplines including astronomy, biology, chemistry, math, and physics; Earth, space, and environmental sciences; aeronautics and astronautics; computer science and engineering; electrical, mechanical, chemical, and systems engineering.
Describe your academic and career goals. What major are you hoping to pursue and what type of career do you hope to pursue? If you are considering a few different majors or career paths, tell us about your general goals and how you hope to narrow down your interests. Max length: 500 words

ESSAY — Lived experience + Community involvement

WA Space Grant at the UW seeks to help students find a smaller community within a large university while assisting with their STEM career goals. We’d like to gather some general information about you as a person and student! This is also an opportunity for you to tell us anything about yourself we might not get from the other components of the application. This component will be evaluated based on the ability of the applicant to describe 1) how they might benefit from being a part of the Space Grant community, 2) the ways in which they hope to contribute to building community within Space Grant, or 3) both items 1 and 2.
Describe how your experiences have brought you to this scholarship application, and the ways in which you envision being able to benefit from and/or contribute to being a part of the Space Grant community. Max length: 500 words