Washington Aerospace Scholars is a two-part program for high school sophomores and juniors focused on the history and future exploration of space and topics in Earth and Space Science.

Online distance learning course designed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides scholars the opportunity to earn five UW college credits.

A multi-day residency experience where scholars work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students, and STEM educators to plan a realistic space mission.

In addition to the course, WAS provides interaction with STEM industry professionals, hands-on engineering activities, and a national alumni network. WAS alumni are also provided exclusive opportunities for internships and college scholarships.

Junior Program - Washington Residents

The junior level program runs from November through April, and has scholars participating in an online course consisting of ten bi-weekly lessons and a final project. If scholars successfully complete the online course, they can apply to receive five University of Washington natural science (ESS 102) credits and are invited to participate in a six-day summer residency experience at The Museum of Flight.

The summer residency provides scholars the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students, and STEM educators to plan a human mission to Mars.

The 2019-20 Junior Program is no longer accepting applications. The 2020-2021 program applications will be available late summer 2020.


PHASE ONE: November 2020 thru April 2021

  • Assignments are due every two weeks, November to April

PHASE TWO: Summer 2021

  • Junior program summer residency is a six-day, onsite experience, Sunday to Friday
  • Held at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington
  • Scholars will submit their preferences for residency weeks in January 2021

Student Requirements:

  • High school junior in fall of 2020
  • Resident of Washington
  • Internet access for Phase One

For further inquiries about the Junior program, please email was@museumofflight.org

Sophomore Program - Washington Residents

The sophomore level course serves as an introduction to the junior level course. It is a FREE online course that takes place in the spring of sophomore year and contains the first two lessons of the junior program. Scholars who successfully complete the online coursework are invited to participate in a FREE three-day summer experience and are granted automatic admission into the junior program in the fall.


PHASE ONE: March through April 2020

  • Assignments are due every two weeks, March to April

PHASE TWO: July or August 2020

  • Sophomore three-day summer experiences held across Washington, at a variety of locations
  • The summer experience is a 3-day workshop held from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day
  • Specific dates and locations for the summer experiences will be shared with scholars at the start of their online experience in March 2020

Student Requirements:

  • High school sophomore in spring of 2020
  • Resident of Washington
  • Internet access for Phase One

2020 Applications are now available and are due by February 14th, 2020.

Please fill out our interest survey to be notified when the SWAS applications are open!

Sophomore WAS Application

Sophomore WAS Teacher Application

For more information, please email WAS@museumofflight.org

The Western Aerospace Scholars program is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo, NASA, The Boeing Company, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and individual donors.