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Scholarships

Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace through Space ($2000)

The Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace Through Space is awarded yearly to one student who has demonstrated a passion for using space for peaceful benefits to humanity. The award is administered by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).

Applicants should submit a blog post detailing efforts they have already undertaken to this end as well as an initiative they wish to implement in the future promoting peace through space. There is no minimum or maximum for the post, but around 500 words is recommended. Be yourself! Be creative! We want your personality and your passion to shine through.

The award is $2000: $500 as a personal reward for the work you’ve already done, $1000 for supporting a new initiative that promotes peace through space, and $500 towards travel costs to attend SpaceVision 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The award will be presented by Bob Richards at the SpaceVision 2015 Awards Banquet.

Eligibility

An applicant must be a member of SEDS-USA as well as a current college or high school student.

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must fill out this form by October 31, 2015. Winners will be notified November 1, 2015.

Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Scholarship ($2000)

The Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Scholarship is awarded yearly to one student for their entrepreneurial efforts in the space industry. The award is administered by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).

Applicants should submit a blog post detailing either an entrepreneurial effort of theirs already in progress or one they wish to pursue. The applicant should also explain how the receipt of this award would benefit their existing or potential venture. There is no minimum or maximum for the blog post, but around 500 words is recommended.

This prize has a total reward of $2000: $1500 to support an existing or potential space venture, and $500 towards travel costs to attend SpaceVision 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The award will be presented by Bob Richards at the SpaceVision 2015 Awards Banquet.

Eligibility

An applicant must be a member of SEDS-USA as well as a current college or high school student.

How to Apply

To apply, applicants must fill out this form by October 31, 2015. Winners will be notified November 1, 2015.

 

National Awards for Individuals

Darrell Cain Award for Excellence

The Darrell Cain Award for Excellence is awarded each year to one student is an embodiment of the SEDS vision of empowering young people to participate and make an impact in the exploration of space. It is in honor of the late Darrell Cain, who was and remains an inspiration to his fellow SEDS members and all those who look to the stars.

Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership

The Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership is awarded each year to one student who has proven her/himself as an exemplary leader at the local and national level of SEDS as well as in the larger space community. It is in honor of the late Todd B. Hawley, co-founder of SEDS, whose leadership and initiative continue to shine on.

 

National Awards for Chapters

Chapter of the Year

This award is given to an outstanding chapter whose work is exemplary for other SEDS chapters and student groups. Not only does this chapter have regular, well-attended meetings and an active presence in the Council of Chapters, they also share the great work and projects they’re doing with a social media presence and up to date website.

Best New Chapter

It’s tough to make a difference as a brand new chapter, but the Best New Chapter has found a way. They have engaged with their fellow chapters in Council of Chapters meetings, made a splash with their university leadership, and have an active membership with active projects.

Technical Project of the Year

This award goes to the chapter who has gone above and beyond in the creation and completion of a technical project. Past award winning projects include 3D printed rocket engines and small satellites that monitor space debris.

Outreach Project of the Year

This award goes to the chapter that has made a significant impact on their local community through an outreach project or event. Past award winning projects include the Carolina Space Symposium and the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

ISU/AAS Major Diversity Award

This statistical award is given to the chapter most effective at bringing in students from diverse areas of study rather than those traditionally associated with space. Exemplary chapters have a constituency made up of STEM, humanities, and vocational students. This award is provided in conjunction with the International Space University (ISU) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

ISU/WIA Gender Diversity Award

This statistical award is given to the Chapter most effective at maintaining a diverse gender balance. This chapter has demonstrated their commitment to overcoming a major issue in the space industry of ensuring equal representation, participation, and opportunities for all genders. This award is provided in conjunction with the International Space University (ISU) and Women in Aerospace (WIA).

 

National Award Eligibility

Individual nominees must be members of SEDS-USA. Chapter nominees must be official chapters of SEDS-USA in good standing (i.e. dues paying). Self nominations are allowed and encouraged!

National Award Application

To submit nominations for individuals or chapters for the above national awards, fill out this form by October 31st.  Awards will be presented at the SpaceVision 2016 Awards Banquet at Purdue.