Washington Aerospace Scholars

Contact Washington Aerospace Scholars

Melissa Edwards - Director

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

p: 206.764.5866
f: 206.764.5707

Application Deadlines
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Mars or Bust!

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Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a two-part program for high school juniors focused on topics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Phase One is an five-month distance learning course designed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides students the opportunity to earn five college credits while learning about the history of NASA, the space environment around Earth, and the future of human space exploration. Top scoring Phase One students receive an invitation to participate in a six-day Summer Residency held at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Students who qualify for the Summer Residency will get an exclusive inside look at the aerospace industry in Washington State through behind-the-scenes aerospace company tours, STEM expert presentations, and the opportunity to network informally with STEM professionals. Summer Residency participants also get the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from across the state and participate in engineering challenges, museum tours and team building activities. After completing the Summer Residency, students also become members of an exclusive alumni network and are informed of special scholarship and internship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a US Citizen and Washington state resident
    (Students who are not US citizens can apply to participate in Phase One only)
  • Be a current junior
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for full status; however, students with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Application Requirements

Step 1:

Complete the Washington Aerospace Scholars Student Application Form online by November 14. The application includes:

WAS Student Application Form

A written essay with a maximum of 750 words, explaining:

  • Why you wish to participate in the WAS program and what you hope to gain from the experience. Describe personal characteristics, strengths and interests that would help you to be successful in this program.
  • Your extra-curricular activities, work experiences, volunteer work, honors, awards and hobbies.
  • How you heard about Washington Aerospace Scholars

Here is a sample application to use when gathering the necessary information to complete the application.

Sample Application

Step 2:

Once you have submitted your application, the WAS program will email the adults listed as your school counselor and personal recommender and request information supporting your application.  It will be the student’s responsibility to follow-up and ensure that the requested information is received electronically by Washington Aerospace Scholars by November 21, 2014

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Phase One- There is no cost to participate in Phase One of Washington Aerospace Scholars, but students can apply to receive five credits from the University of Washington for approximately $220. Phase One students can apply for tuition assistance to cover the cost of the UW credit, but receiving UW credit for Phase One is optional and has no bearing on acceptance to Phase Two.

Phase Two- the Summer Residency tuition which includes room, board, and research supplies, is $975 and is payable after notification of qualification in the spring of 2015. Tuition assistance may be made available, up to 100% of the cost, for students who either meet criteria of need or who are otherwise underrepresented in the STEM fields. We therefore encourage all students to apply for this enriching opportunity.

  • To apply for tuition support you must submit the application for Tuition Assistance at the same time you apply for Washington Aerospace Scholars.
  • Financial assistance awards will be included with the notification of acceptance.
  • To apply for financial assistance, submit the following:
    • Tuition Assistance form
    • Required supporting application documents (see Financial Assistance Form for details).  

Tuition Assistance Form



Online application: 11:59 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2014
Postmark Deadline for Supporting Documents: November 21, 2014
Admission Status Notification: Late November, 2014