Washington Aerospace Scholars — Applications Open

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.

See more on the webpage. For more information, contact (206) 764-5866.

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


Application deadline October 31, 2017

Attention High School Sophomores!

WAS is offering a special program that allows high school sophomores in Washington, Oregon, and Montana the opportunity to begin WAS in the spring of their sophomore year! Sophomore Washington Aerospace Scholars (SWAS) is an online program consisting of two WAS lessons beginning in March 2018 focused on NASA history & Earth & Space Science. Each lesson has a two-week deadline and contains:

• A reading assignment and a quiz
• A 500-word essay
• A space related math problem and design activity
• Each lesson is two-weeks long (4 weeks total)

Successful completion of sophomore WAS guarantees acceptance in the junior WAS program and an invite to participate in a 3-day workshop in Summer of 2018.