Space Camp Essay Contest

Our Space Camp scholarship application window for 2018 summer camps has closed.

Our online scholarship application for 2019 will be posted on this webpage on October 15, 2018 with a due date on January 11, 2019. Scholarships include tuition, meals, and lodging but do not include travel or incidentals.

2018 Space Camp Scholarship Timeline

  • Application posted October 15, 2017
  • Applications due January 12, 2018
  • All applicants notified March 19, 2018

2019 Space Camp Scholarship Timeline

  • Application posted October 15, 2018
  • Applications due January 11, 2019
  • All applicants notified March 18, 2019

The scholarship program is managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation. Full scholarships cover tuition, room & board for any 6-day weeklong, individual camp program and are good for one year. These camps include Space Camp, Space Academy, Advanced Space Academy, Aviation Challenge Mach I, Mach II, and Mach III, Space Camp Robotics Camp and Robotics Academy. Transportation and incidentals are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. All applicants must be age 9-18 and attending 4th – 12th grade. For more information about these 6-day weeklong camps, please click here.

Here is what to expect:

Each applicant must answer two essay questions, design and describe a mission patch, describe a science project using the scientific method or engineering design process and provide two letters or recommendation.

Applicants may apply in one of four categories described below - Financial Need, Special Needs, Academic Achievement or Leadership.

  • Financial Need/Disadvantaged - applicants in this category must either be in a low income family or receiving government assistance. A letter from the principal stating the applicant is receiving free or reduced lunch at the school OR a copy of a letter from a government agency stating the applicant’s family is receiving government assistance (ie Food Stamps, Medicaid, HUD) must be submitted with the application.
  • Special Needs - applicants in this category must have a learning challenge and/or physical challenge. A letter from a teacher, principal, or physician stating the applicant has a learning and/or physical challenge must be submitted along with a letter from the applicant describing his/her disability. Applicants must be able to attend the 6-day weeklong, individual camp without a parent or guardian.
  • Academic Achievement - applicants in this category must have excelled academically AND/OR be participating in a gifted program. A letter from the applicant’s teacher or principal stating the applicant is in a gifted or honors program OR a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card OR a copy of the applicant’s recent national or state standardized test scores must be submitted with the application.
  • Leadership – applicants in this category must demonstrate exceptional leadership in school and/or community. Applicant must submit photos illustrating activities or awards related to his/her leadership role in his/her community or school. Applicant should emphasize his or her leadership roles throughout the application, particularly through letters of recommendation, the essays and the mission patch drawing and description.

    The Space Camp Scholarship Application is open for both international and U.S. applicants. For questions about scholarships, you may contact Anita Hausheer at

Other Space Camp Scholarship opportunities for Alabama residents:

Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 SALSA applications will open November 20, 2017. If you are a student in Alabama between the ages of 12-14, you are eligible to apply.

The SALSA program will take place Sunday, May 27 through Friday, June 1, 2018. SALSA applications are due by February 16, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. CST.

Applicants will be notified by close of business on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Please refrain from making calls or emails regarding your application status prior to that date. For more information and to apply, visit

Alabama Space Academy for Educators (ALSAE) 2017-2018
If you are a full time educator in a public school system in the state of Alabama, you are eligible.

The ALSAE program will take place June 6-11, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit If you have any questions about the ALSAE program or the selection process, please email

ALSAE applications will close when spaces are filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

Meet our AlumniDr. Kate Rubins

Dr. Kate Rubins is the third Space Camp alumna to fly in space, with a launch to the International Space Station in the summer of 2016. Kate dreamed of becoming an astronaut as a child and did chores around the house to earn her trip to Space Academy in seventh grade. She left camp knowing she needed to take as many math and science courses as she could, and that focus paved the way to her study of viral diseases and, ultimately, the NASA astronaut corps. Kate received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in cancer biology. Selected by "Popular Science" magazine as one of its "Brilliant 10" in 2009, Kate was a Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class.

Age attended Space Academy: 14


Bachelor of Science, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D, Stanford University


Astronaut, Flight Engineer for Expedition 48/49
Napa, Calif.

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