University juniors and seniors planning a teaching career can apply for NASA scholarships and professional training from NC Space Grant. The deadline is Oct. 17 for the 2022-2023 academic year. Selected students receive $3,500 to financially support their endeavors.
The Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship nurtures the interests of students enrolled in teacher-education degree programs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“The goal is to prepare future STEM leaders to use NASA content and learning tools as they move to classrooms.” says Jobi Cook, NC Space Grant associate director.
NC Space Grant created the scholarship program to engage K-12 teachers early in their careers, and thus to elevate the use of space topics in many STEM lessons. Those lessons in turn can capture student interest long before they enter college or the workforce.
“We are very excited to welcome another group of talented future STEM educators,” Cook adds. “It is a joy to gain these new partners as they are carving out professional pathways. We also then witness their growth as individuals as they stay connected with Space Grant education programming.”
Selected scholars complete a series of NASA STEM Digital Badges; participate in professional seminars; and will attend a field trip to NASA Langley Research Center in 2023 (contingent upon COVID-19 travel guidance). In addition to the scholarship, NC Space Grant will cover all travel expenses to Langley.