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Apply to Be a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar and Inspire the Next Generation of the STEM Workforce

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) builds a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging two-year degree seeking students in authentic learning experiences. NCAS is a blended-learning experience comprised of a five week online course and a unique NASA experience. Students get a closer look at NASA’s unique missions, diverse workforce, and world-class facilities and learn how to develop their talents, interests, and passion to become future STEM professionals. NCAS offers the online course twice a year with NASA experiences happening throughout the year.

NCAS is bold and prominent atop Mars, representing the goal for community college students to boldly engage in NASA’s legacy of discovery, leadership, and opportunity.  Mars is shown as theme around which teams of scholars compete to design, build, and test a robotic explorer. The red, gold, navy, and green arcs represent the four NCAS team colors. The atom, computer, gears, and pi icons represent the students’ pursuit of degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. The six bright stars represent the Agency’s six areas of research and exploration:  Earth, Flight, Humans in Space, Solar System, Technology and Moon to Mars. Through the online course and onsite experience, NCAS seeks to make NASA content relevant, compelling, accessible, and participatory. The thin blue line evokes our home planet and the need to cultivate the next generation of explorers to reach for new heights, reveal the unknown, and benefit all human kind.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) wants to connect with two-year degree seeking community college students to inspire them to become the next generation of the STEM workforce. NCAS gives community college students an opportunity to learn from experts about NASA’s missions and current research in an online self-paced course. Students who succeed in the course may have the opportunity to attend a NASA experience where a NASA scientist would lead them in a competition with other like-minded students. To find out more or to direct students to the application, please visit the program website. The application will remain open through Nov. 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CST.

For more information about the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, please email questions to

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