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New National Scholarship Opportunity Available to USU STEM Students

By Matilyn Mortensen |

Former astronaut Charlie Precourt speaks to Utah State University students at an event launching the university's involvement with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship program will provide a scholarship of up to $15,000 to one Utah State STEM student each year.

Thanks to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, each year one Utah State University student involved in STEM will receive a scholarship of up to $15,000 and an opportunity to attend the foundation’s annual Innovators Week and Gala.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to aiding the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation. The program was founded by the original Mercury 7 Astronauts with a mission to support university students in STEM fields.

During Innovators Week, students will meet other Astronaut Scholars; participate in tours, professional development, and a technical conference; and be awarded their scholarship by an astronaut at a formal gala.

USU is the first university in Utah to be a part of this scholarship program and the 45th university overall to receive this honor.

A scholarship launch event took place at USU earlier this year and featured an interactive space lecture by Mary Cleave and Charlie Precourt, both former astronauts. Cleave is a USU alum and Precourt is a retired executive from Northrop Grumman Propulsion Systems in Promontory.

Cleave and the Northrop Grumman Corporation are both contributing to the scholarship fund.

Visit to apply for this scholarship.


Matilyn Mortensen
Public Relations Specialist
College of Engineering


Dixon Nielson
Director of Industry Relations
College of Engineering


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