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Space Camp

Association Launches Annual Space Camp Scholarships

5ea059e53f8f6.imageAmidst 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 16 scholarships for selected children to attend a weeklong Space Camp from June 28 to July 3 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.

“We are very excited about the opportunity we are offering our military and employees of the ASMDA community,” Pete Weiland, ASMDA president, said. “The ability to provide this wonderful experience to 16 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 and unaccompanied minor fee (if required), transportation to and from Huntsville International Airport to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (if required) and a Space Camp flight suit.

As the timeline for receiving applications and awarding the scholarships is very tight, ASMDA will not accept applications after the May 1 deadline.

Immediately following selection and acceptance, ASMDA 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.

Weiland said they are moving ahead with applications in the hopes that the coronavirus is under control and things are back to normal by June.

“Given all of the uncertainty with the ongoing coronavirus, things may change but for now, the scholarship program is proceeding since the event is not until late June,” he said. “Parents will obviously have say as to whether their child attends even if Space Camp is open.”

Scholarship application forms are available at www.asmda.us.

ASMDA 2019 Scholars Attend Space Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Sixteen students experience the future of space travel in the Rocket City.

The students, recipients of an Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association, or ASMDA, scholarship, spent June 30-July 5 at Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. On July 3, the scholarship winners were treated to lunch by members of the ASMDA board and had a chance to speak with those who made the week possible.

"I don't think I am exaggerating when I say I am looking at tomorrow's heroes," said Dr. Steve Pierce, chief technology officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. "Each one of you need to realize that you are the future. Don't focus on promotions and don't focus on money. Focus on what you can do to make a difference.

"There are a lot of people here who have a passion for space, have a passion for missile defense and have a passion for directed energy," he added. "Each one of you need to develop a passion and think of what you would like to do in the future."

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