Washington Aerospace Scholars

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Contact Washington Aerospace Scholars

Melissa Edwards - Director

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

p: 206.764.5866
f: 206.764.5707


Student Application
Due November 6, 2015

Download Sample Application linked at the bottom of the page to gather info for the above form.

Teacher Application
Due November 20, 2015


Mars or Bust!

Get the WAS Brochure

Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a two-part program for high school juniors focused on topics related to the history and future exploration of space by NASA and topics in Earth and Space Science. Phase One is a 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. Phase Two is a six-day residency experience based at The Museum of Flight in Seattle in which students plan a human mission to Mars.

By joining WAS you can:

· Earn UW college credit and gain an academic edge

· Work closely with professional engineers, NASA scientists, university students, and educators 

· Build confidence, maturity, and independence

· Have fun learning about the universe in which you live and meeting other students with similar interests

· Challenge yourself to design future space missions

 “While WAS nurtured and continued to grow my passion for STEM, the largest benefit that I received was the boost in confidence that the program gave me. …WAS has definitely given me an edge among my peers in industry!”

Chelsea Olson 2007 WAS Alumna

Design & Analysis Engineer, The Boeing Company

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

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