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.
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.