Apply for the 2021 Astronaut Scholarship

Banner image of the Earth in outer space with the words: Astronaut Scholars. Innovators of Tomorrow. ASF supports the very best and brightest scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while commemorating the legacy of America's pioneering astronauts. Astronaut Scholar Foundation. Created by the Mercury 7 Astronauts.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation awarded its first seven scholarships in 1986. Each founding Mercury 7 astronaut sponsored a $1,000 scholarship and they then began to fundraise to support future scholarships. Each astronaut would donate proceeds from their speaking engagements and shared the ASF mission wherever they went to raise awareness of both the mission and the scholarship program.

Today, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation awards more than fifty scholarships valued up to $15,000 to each selected scholar. The ASF scholarship award is just the beginning for our Astronaut Scholars, and their selection is the beginning of a life-long relationship with astronauts, alumni, and great leaders who span academia, technical research, and corporate leadership.

Astronaut Scholarships are awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.

In 2020, Micaela Fleetwood (biology major) became the first Morgan student to be awarded the prestigious Astronaut Foundation Scholarship.


An applicant for the Astronaut Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be at least a sophomore applying for their junior year, or a junior applying to receive a scholarship for their senior year. They must be enrolled in one of the participating universities in the Scholarship Program, which includes Morgan State University. Additionally, nominated students must be enrolled for both semesters as a full-time student for the ASF-supported academic year.

Applicants must be seeking a STEM degree with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the scholarship. However, those intending to perform biomedical research are eligible.

For more information, visit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation website. Students interested in applying should contact:

Gerald Whitaker, Morgan State University Liaison
For the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
443-885-4239 (office)