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Space Camp Scholarship!

01/09/2012 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Special Topics

Consider this . . . the President has pledged that the United States will send astronauts to an asteroid by the year 2025, and to Mars by the year 2030.  Who will these adventurous explorers be?  The young people training today at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp!

What Is It?

The Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp Scholarship which was established in 2001 by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)®.  Recipients are provided an opportunity to have a week-long experience that brings together the worlds of science, service and learning.  While only one scholarship was awarded in its first year, the program has grown and 10 scholarships were given in 2011.  Thanks to generous donations over the years, a total of 117 scholarships have been awarded thus far!

Who Was Bernard Curtis Brown II?

On September 11, 2001 Bernard, a bright young military child, was on his way to California to represent his school at a National Geographic event when his hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  Bernard was eleven years old.  His parents, Chief Petty Officer and Mrs. Curtis Brown agreed to allow the MCEC® to honor Bernard’s memory through this scholarship program.

Characteristics of Typical Applicants:

  • Top of their class academically
  • Excel in math and science
  • Active in Scouting
  • Desire to be astronauts

What Do Scholarship Winners Receive?

  • Full tuition to the week-long program
  • Round-trip transportation from home base to camp
  • Meals, lodging and program materials

Where Is Space Camp?

At the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

What Students Are Eligible?

The child of an Active Duty Military Member, or Mobilized Guard or Reserves
The child of a Military Member who died while serving on Active Duty, or Mobilized Guard or Reserve Status
Enrolled in grades 6 through 9

What Is The Application Deadline?

  • Applications must be postmarked by March 10  (When March 10 falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday.)
  • All applications must be mailed.  Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Where Can I Find An Application?

An application and more scholarship information can be found on the MCEC® website.

Where Can I Learn More About Space Camp?

You will find all there is to know about this amazing program by visiting the Space Camp web site.

Good luck to all of this year’s applicants!

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