The 2015-16 Community College Partnership Scholarship Program is NOW OPEN

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide community college students attending our member community colleges an opportunity to apply for scholarship awards that will support their academic pursuit in STEM fields relating to space studies, including physical sciences, life sciences, planetary sciences, mathematics, or engineering. These awards will also serve to recognize their achievements in these fields.

The OSGC Community College Partnership Scholarship Program supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of attracting and retaining more community college and technical college students into STEM-based academic programs and developing a diverse and capable next-generation workforce. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups in the STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be currently enrolled at a minimum of 6 credit hours per term and in good academic standing at one of the following OSGC community college member institutions:

Community Colleges

  • Lane Community College (Lane)
  • Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC)
  • Portland Community College (PCC), Cascade Campus
  • Portland Community College (PCC), Rock Creek Campus
  • Portland Community College (PCC), Southeast Campus
  • Portland Community College (PCC), Sylvania Campus

This scholarship is designed to attract and retain community college students in STEM-based academic programs relating to space studies and to encourage matriculation to a 4-year institution in a related field. Scholarships will be competitively awarded to students enrolled at OSGC affiliated community colleges who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields relating to space studies, including physical sciences, life sciences, planetary sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Students who are dual-enrolled in a community college and a 4-year institution are eligible.

Forty (40) awards, in the amount of $5,000 per student will be offered during the 2015-16 academic year. Award distribution among institutions is as follows: Portland Community College - 27 awards, Lane Community College - 9 awards, and Linn-Benton Community College - 4 awards. These awards will be made in two disbursements, the first in the amount of $3,000 in October of 2015. The second disbursement of $2,000 in March of 2016 will be contingent upon the submission of documentation showing student progress toward their stated educational goals.

Dates | Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
  • Award Selections: July 2015
  • Award Disbursements: October 2015 ($3,000) and March 2016 ($2,000)

 Eligibility

Scholarships are open to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Student is enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term at an affiliated community college at the time an application is submitted and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Student is enrolled in STEM-related coursework that relates to space studies, including physical sciences, life sciences, planetary sciences, mathematics, or engineering, at the time an application is submitted and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Student maintains good academic standing
  • Student is a U.S. Citizen

Required Application Materials

Student Essay

A one-page essay (12 pt font, single spaced) that answers the following questions:

  • What are your interests in the STEM fields relating to space studies and how do you see this shaping your academic career? 
  • How do your academic interests relate to the NASA vision and align with one or more of the NASA Mission Directorates?

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required. The letter should specifically address your qualifications for this scholarship. During the application process you will be asked to provide contact information for your letter writer. Upon submission of your application this individual will receive an email request for the letter and instructions on how it is to be submitted. The due date for the letter of recommendation is May 22, 2015.

Academic Transcript

A PDF version of your academic transcript must be submitted with your online application. Unofficial transcripts from your college or university website are acceptable.

Online Application Website https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=ors2

Refer to the 2015-16 Community College Partnership Scholarship Guide for complete description and requirements.


The 2014-15 Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program is closed.

Click here to see the list of 2014-15 award recipients.

Certificate of Achievement

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is pleased to provide students attending our member colleges and universities opportunities to apply for scholarship awards that support their academic goals and recognize their achievements. Scholarships are open to new and continuing students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and STEM education disciplines. The scholarship program supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in STEM and STEM education. Individuals from under-represented groups in the STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Several unique scholarship opportunities exist catering to different degree programs, career goals, and institution types. Details regarding each of these opportunities are found in the Scholarship Guide. Please read the Scholarship Guide carefully for eligibility requirements, application instructions, and links to the online application system. The OSGC Scholarship Guide is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process. Note: Students receiving awards in past competitions may apply and receive awards for subsequent competitions.

Awards for the 2014-15 Academic Year will be made in the following categories:

  • OSGC Community College Scholarships: Up to twelve, $5,000 awards will be offered. Online Application 
  • OSGC 4-Year Institution Scholarships: Up to fifteen, $8,000 awards will be offered. Online Application 
  • OSGC Undergraduate Research Scholarships:Up to five, $12,000 awards will be offered. Online Application 

Questions regarding OSGC Scholarship opportunities, application procedures, or eligibility may be directed to OSGC staff by phone or email.

Progress Reports for 2014-15 Scholarship Recipients

As stated in the Scholarship Guide, recipients of 2014-15 OSGC Scholarships are required to submit a brief (1page) progress report in order to recieve the second award disbursement. For this report, please provide an update of the progress you have made toward your academic pursuits since receiving the award. Relate your progress back to your essay/research project that was included in your scholarship application. Some items you may wish to include:

  • What classes did you take or are currently taking that will directly help with the goals outlined in your essay/research project?
  • What other classes do you plan to take this academic school year that will?
  • What has it meant to you and your academic progress since receiving the first scholarship payment?
  • Has the scholarship helped you achieve your goals outlined in your essay/research project, or have they changed? If so, how?

PDF of 2014-15 Scholarship Guide

Click here to see list of 2013-14 Award Recipients