Washington Aerospace Scholars
Mars or Bust!
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.
- 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.