Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Distinguished Undergraduate Awards

Written by Paul Wynns

The USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education, and aeronautics-related sciences.

USRA presents up to four scholarship awards to undergraduate students each fall as part of its Distinguished Undergraduate Award program.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering, including life science and science education by the time the award is received. Scholarship awards are made in the fall, with applications accepted during the summer.

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The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a non-profit organization established in 1969 under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. government. It was created to facilitate the collaboration between universities and the government in space science and technology. Today, USRA operates as an independent entity, engaging academia, industry, and ...

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Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students pursuing a degree in science or engineering who meet the below eligibility requirements. Bear in mind that non-U.S. Citizens/residents are also eligible to apply if they attend a USRA Member University outside the United States.

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