2021 Space Camp Scholarship

 

About our Space Camp Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending Space Camp® in Huntsville, Alabama, where you would be trained on how to live and work in space? This might be your opportunity to command, navigate, and contribute to a space mission simulation.  Space Camp could inspire and motivate you to join the ranks of space pioneers who persevere to push the boundaries of human exploration.

Geek Partnership Society is offering a scholarship that will cover the cost of one session, plus airfare, for one student. If you are not selected, you may reapply each year that you qualify.


Youth Application requirements

  • Submissions will be accepted between October 19, 2020 through 11:59 pm January 19, 2021.
  • Complete the 2021 Student Space Camp Application
  • Answer an essay question:
    • Given the choice of being a colonist on Mars or on the moon, which do you pick and why? What unique challenges are presented by your choice?
    • Some aspects to consider (you do not have to use these):  What will your personal quarters be like? Will you have personal quarters? What job will you have? What experiments might you perform? What will you do in your off-hours (sports, art, music, games)?
  • Essay must be between 500 to 900 words
  • A written letter of recommendation from a mentor is required. You can send a copy and keep the original letter of recommendation for future use. We only need a copy.
  • You must also meet the qualifications below.

Qualifications

  • Be age 10-14 (at the time they attend)
  • Live in the 5 state area (MN, IA, WI, SD, ND)
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and understanding of space exploration
  • Have legal guardian consent and fill out the application fully and accurately
  • Be able to attend Space Camp during the available time period
  • Be able to attend a 5-night program out of state without a parent
  • If you win the scholarship, you must fill out additional forms from Space Camp and agree to follow its rules and regulations.
  • Be able and willing to represent Geek Partnership Society while attending Space Camp.
  • Be able to:
    • Attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 CONvergence convention in Minneapolis for the winner announcement. The winner and responsible adult will receive complimentary memberships to the GPS does not provide hotel, food or transportation expenses.
    • OR – attend virtually though a recorded message and/or meeting

Educator Application requirements

  • Submissions will be accepted between October 19, 2020 through 11:59 pm January 19, 2021.
  • Complete the 2021 Educator Space Camp Application.
  • Educator submission:   Provide a plan for how would you lead a group of students through the youth question topic, in an interactive way that engages the students.   Assume that you have a 90 minute to 2 hour block of time to fill (with breaks) and the ages of the students are the same age range as for the student scholarship (10-14). You can narrow it down to a smaller age group than that, or indicate sections that would be for certain ages (this section is for 10-11, this alternate section is for 12-14, etc).  Your judges are not educators, so write towards a layperson’s understanding of education.
  • A written letter of recommendation from a colleague or supervisor.
  • You must also meet the qualifications below.

Qualifications

  • Live in the 5 state area (MN, IA, WI, SD, ND)
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and understanding of space exploration
  • Be able to attend Space Camp during the available time period
  • If you win the scholarship, you must fill out additional forms from Space Camp and agree to follow its rules and regulations.
  • Be able and willing to represent Geek Partnership Society while attending Space Camp.
  • Be able to:
    • Attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 CONvergence convention in Minneapolis for the winner announcement. The winner and responsible adult will receive complimentary memberships to the GPS does not provide hotel, food or transportation expenses.
    • OR – attend virtually though a recorded message and/or meeting

How to submit:

Please submit the 2021 Space Camp Application, recommendation letter and essay/teaching plan with all the required information through the application portal no later than 11:59 pm January 19, 2021.



The application form, essay, and reference should be in Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) formats.

If you prefer, you may print and mail the documents to the address below. Keep in mind that mailed documents must be postmarked no later than January 19, 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

Geek Partnership Society
c/o Space Camp Committee
1121 Jackson St. NE, Ste. 106
Minneapolis, MN 55413

If you have any questions about the scholarship, the application process, or anything else, please email them to spacecamp@geekpartnership.org.