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Space Camp Scholarship

Got yourself a little Jim Lovell? A mini Mae Jemison? Are you a member of the armed forces, either active, reserve, or retired? Here is a unique opportunity for your future astronaut.

The Military Child Education Coalition offers the Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp Scholarship for military dependents in grades six through nine (children of deceased armed forces members may also apply). This scholarship includes tuition to Space Camp, travel to and from the camp, and any program materials. The scholarship application consists of a brief form, two letters of recommendation, and an essay from the child on “why he or she should be selected, evidence of patriotism, future goals, community service, and after camp’ intentions.”

Bernard Curtis Brown II was only 11 years old when his plane was hijacked on 9/11 and flown into the Pentagon. He was on his way to California to experience a National Geographic educational program to explore and understand the marine life of the Channel Islands. His parents agreed to allow the MCEC to honor Bernard by helping other children explore science, a subject he loved.

Space Camp is just that; a week-long experience for children who are interested in science, math, technology, and space exploration. Sponsored by the United States Space and Rocket Center and held in Huntsville, Alabama, over 500,000 children have participated in the program since its inception in 1982. Children in grade six attend Space Camp; those in grades seven through nine attend Space Academy. Both offer three tracks to follow during the child’s stay; space, robotics, or aviation. Tuition runs from $700 to 1000, depending on the time of year. Tuition includes food and lodging.

It goes beyond saying that this is an incredible educational and career exploration for children. Anecdotally, I can guarantee you this is something they won’t forget. Many (many!) years ago, a friend of mine attended Space Academy. It was this pivotal experience that solidified his commitment to school and aviation; he’s now a very successful military combat jet fighter pilot. As parents, we give our children wings; with this opportunity, it may be literal.

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