Amidst the nation’s social distancing in response to COVID-19, some children will still be reaching for the stars.
The Air, Space and Missile Defense Association is offering 12 scholarships for selected children to attend a weeklong Space Camp from July 4-9 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
These scholarships are open to any military or civilian children, ages 9-11, of a parent or guardian assigned to Space and Missile Defense Command; Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense; Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; Aviation and Missile Command; Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center; Missile and Space Intelligence Center; NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; Missile Defense Agency; and those who are contractors working for corporate members of ASMDA. The association has also opened eligibility this year to members of the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, and the Combined Functional Teams for Assured Position, Navigation and Timing and Air and Missile Defense.
“We are very excited about the opportunity we are offering our military and employees of the ASMDA community,” Mary Beth Koebel, ASMDA president, said. “The ability to provide this wonderful experience to young children who probably would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend is very rewarding.”
The ASMDA scholarship includes one week at Space Camp, roundtrip airfare (if required), and a Space Camp flight suit. Parents of children not living in the Huntsville area will need to accompany their child (at their expense) in case the child needs to be removed for COVID reasons.
As the timeline for receiving applications and awarding the scholarships is tight, ASMDA will not accept applications after the May 15 deadline.
Following selection and acceptance, ASMDA will turn over the selected names to Space Camp who will send an information packet and begin making flight reservations, if applicable. Once selected by ASMDA, winners will be required to provide an attendance application, including a camp physical, to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
“We are still not free of COVID and there are some changes for this year as Space Camp is implementing CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines,’ Koebel said. “One unfortunate change is that we cannot accept children from overseas locations such as Kwajalein and Alaska who are so much a part of our ASMDA community.”
This beats the alternative of no space which is what happened last year as Space Camp was closed due to the pandemic. ASMDA hopes to accommodate as many as possible from last year’s selectees and field a new class for this year at reduced class size.
Scholarship application forms are available at www.asmda.us.
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