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The Mayor Loretta Spencer Scholarship Fund in coordination with the ASMDA will select four undergraduate (juniors and seniors only) or post-graduate students to each receive a $4,000 Scholarship Award ($16,000 in total awards).  Awards will be made in August during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Scholarships are available to: ASMDA members, employees of corporate members identified as current corporate sponsors, and employees of: the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC); PEO Missiles and Space; U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM); the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (CCDC AvMC); the Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC); the Missile Defense Agency (MDA); and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Eligibility extends to military and civilian personnel of the above organizations, employees of ASMDA corporate sponsors, and individual AMSDA members. Immediate family members (spouse/children only) in all the previous categories are also eligible
  • Under-graduate student – Must be a junior or senior in the fall, currently enrolled in a “hard” science (Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math or related field) at an accredited college or university
  • Graduate student - pursuing a graduate degree in a “hard” science (Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math or related field)
  • Student in good academic standing

Application Procedure:

Provide the following three documents to the Scholarship Committee:

  • A brief (not more than one page) biographical sketch that includes:
    • Full name, address, phone number(s), and email address where you can be contacted
    • How the applicant meets scholarship eligibility requirements above (be specific as to how the applicant meets all the above eligibility criteria; be specific and address each point directly)
    • Awards received
    • Community service involvement
    • Organizations and activities in which the student is actively involved
    • Where financial need exists, please explain in a short paragraph
  • A copy of the student’s latest transcript (official copy from the institution but it does not have to be mailed by the university)
  • A one-page essay that describes the student’s area of study and how it relates to air, space and/or missile defense

Selection Criteria:

  • Must meet all eligibility requirements
  • Level of academic standing and community involvement
  • Potential for significant contributions to air, space and/or missile defense (based on essay)
  • Likelihood that the individual will pursue a career in area(s) directly or indirectly related to air, space and missile defense
  • Financial need


  • Return all application materials by June 30
  • Selections will be made and awardees notified the week of July 25
  • Awards will be made in August during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium.

Application Materials should be mailed or hand-carried to:

Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
ASMDA Mayor Loretta Spencer Scholarship Selection Committee
ATTN:  David Poehlein (Committee Chair)
5030 Bradford Drive
Building 2, Suite 205
Huntsville, AL  35805