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Aerospace States Association Scholarships Are Available For College Sophomores

Posted: March 24, 2017 

An integral part of the mission of the Aerospace States Association (ASA) is to:

…support and develop initiatives that significantly enhance student and teacher education in space and aeronautics and increases the number of students in the pipeline.

In light of that component of the mission statement, ASA established two scholarships that are generously funded by Rockwell Collins.  The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • A $2,000 ASA scholarship, to be competed for, and awarded annually to up to two students pursuing an aerospace-related education.
  • The scholarship/s shall be available each year.  The student can only win once.
  • The Education Committee of ASA will administer the scholarship competition.
  • The ASA delegate/alternate from each member state shall publicize the scholarship through the state’s aerospace-related institutions of higher learning, career centers, and/or other appropriate entities.
  • The candidate’s application for the scholarship shall include community-related activities, school-related activities, grade point average, field of study and an official transcript.  An academic-based, personal letter of recommendation shall also accompany the application.  These documents shall be sent to the attention of the ASA Education Committee Chair at the address on the application form for review.
  • The applicant may only be an entering sophomore or junior in an undergraduate degree program pursuing study in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, or aviation or aerospace related fields.
  • Scholarship candidate’s application should be submitted to the ASA Education Committee Chair by April 30th of each year.
  • The scholarship would be made available for the fall school term of the year under consideration.
  • The scholarship shall be awarded in the form of a check made out to the scholarship awardee/awardees appropriate school, and it shall be understood that the funds are for tuition and books only.
  • The ASA member state of the recipient shall consider staging a presentation of the scholarship in the recipient’s state with the presence of the ASA representative/organization and the Lt. Governor, where applicable.

The scholarship application and submission instructions can be found on the ASA website: under the Education tab.



York Space Systems Satellite Deal With Denver's MSU Is Subject Of 'Wired' Article

In a story titled "Upending the Space Biz With Satellites for You and You and You," the magazine writes: 

"Dirk Wallinger leaves his espresso beverage behind and steps out of a coffeeshop on the campus of Denver’s Metropolitan State University. His coat open against the cold, he points across the way to a nearly-constructed structure—the college’s metal-and-glass-fronted Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building. When the building is finished this summer, Wallinger’s company—York Space Systems—will set up a 7,000 square-foot shop inside, creating and eventually controlling satellites (maybe even one you create) with the help of students.

"Wallinger gestures toward the fourth floor. “York will be right up there,” he says.

"From right up there, York plans to mass-produce a satellite platform that does for the space industry what the industrial loom did for clothing."

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DigitalGlobe's Buyer Keeping Headquarters In Canada Despite Acquisition

A scant quarter-century ago, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA) was a seed investor in DigitalGlobe (NYSE:DGI), a Colorado-based satellite imaging company known for providing Google Maps with its high-resolution pictures of Earth, Business in Vancouver writes. 

“There is such a close, symbiotic relationship between the two companies. It’s incredible,” MDA chief financial officer Anil Wirasekara said in a phone interview from the aerospace company’s downtown Vancouver headquarters.

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Aerospace Engineering Sciences Program Deemed 'Top 10' for 2018 by US News & World Report

Posted: March 14, 2017

For its graduate-level programs, the University of Colorado Boulder has landed 10th place for its Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences program, according to new rankings issued today by U.S. News and World Report.

Among the 2018 data, which previous rankings, CU Boulder also maintains the No. 1 spot nationally in atomic/molecular/optical physics—a standing issued in 2014—and the No. 5 spot in ceramics (2016).

"It’s encouraging to land top spots nationally year after year for our outstanding graduate offerings in rankings like this one," said Ann Schmiesing, dean of CU Boulder’s Graduate School and vice provost for graduate affairs.

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Colorado's Perlmutter Backs Giant Leap For Mankind With Mission To Mars

Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter wants to know what it would take in know-how and dollars to send a manned mission to Mars by 2033. He also wants NASA to stay on schedule to get astronauts there, the Colorado Springs Gazette writes. 

A member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the Democrat from Arvada put a provision in the new NASA Transition Authorization Act to keep the ball rolling on a manned mission to Mars. The bill passed the House Tuesday and heads to President Trump for consideration.

The overall NASA bill includes the Journey to Mars project.

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