Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship
The National Space Club awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, in memory of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, America's rocket pioneer. The scholarship is presented at the Goddard Memorial Dinner each spring, for the following academic year. The award is given to stimulate the interest of talented students in the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge through space research and exploration.
The winner of the Goddard Scholarship will be introduced to the nation's leaders in science, government and industry at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, held each March. The National Space Club will pay travel and lodging costs so that the awardee will be able to attend the Dinner. Applications for the scholarship will be accepted beginning October 1.
The terms of the scholarship are as follows:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, in at least the junior year of an accredited university, and have the intention of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering during the interval of the scholarship.
- The selection for the award is made by the NSC Committee on Scholarships on the basis of the following:
- Official transcript of college record
- Letters of recommendation from faculty
- Accomplishments demonstrating personal qualities of creativity and leadership
- Scholastic plans that would lead to future participation in some phase of the aerospace sciences and technology
- Proven past research and participation in space-related science and engineering
- Personal need is considered, but is not controlling
- Upon final completion of his or her work, the winner may be asked to prepare a brief report on a topic of his or her selection to be presented to the National Space Club.
- The successful applicant for the scholarship will be notified in March. Unsuccessful applicants will not be individually notified.
Funds awarded are paid to the winner through his or her university before the new academic year begins. The winner is eligible to compete for a second year if the circumstances and his or her accomplishments warrant it.