Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a dual-phase program specifically designed for high school juniors. This program focuses on topics related to the history and future exploration of space by NASA as well as topics in Earth and space science. The Washington Aerospace Scholars gives high school juniors a chance to earn UW college credits—giving them an academic edge when applying for colleges. The experience also exposes them to the opportunity to work face-to-face with professional engineers, NASA scientists, university students and educators.

Beyond education, this program will help students build their confidence, maturity and independence while having fun learning about the universe in which we live, meeting other students with similar interests and challenging themselves to design realistic future space missions.

The Washington Aerospace Scholars program is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

For more information, contact 206-764-5866.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Phase I is a 5-month distance learning course created in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides students the opportunity to earn 5 college credits. Phase II is a 6-day residency experience based at The Museum of Flight, in which students plan a human mission to Mars.

Scholar Requirements:

  • You must have Internet accessibility to participate in Phase I.
  • You must be a US citizen and Washington State resident to participate in Phase II.
  • You must currently be a junior in high school.

WAS Forms

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