Future STEM Leaders Scholarship

Providing financial assistance and mentorship to underrepresented students studying STEM disciplines.
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STEM Leaders
2021 Future STEM Leaders Scholarship recipients. L to R are Nancy Dofour, Jaylen Maull, Patrick Baca, and Ana Rojas.

On behalf of the Aerospace Corporation, we would like to congratulate the new recipients of the first ever Future STEM Leaders Scholarship:

Nancy Dofour is an upcoming senior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. She is also currently studying at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Washington University. She plans to obtain her undergraduate degree in biology and apply to medical school.

Jaylen Maull is a student at Jemison High School in Huntsville, Ala. While he works hard at pursuing his interests in engineering, Maull is very interested in the arts as well. He combines these two passions through audio engineering and creating his own music.

Patrick Baca is a senior at the top of his class at College and Career High School in Albuquerque, N.M. Even though still in high school, he has already earned two associate degrees—in liberal arts and sociology—and is on track to earn additional associate’s degrees in criminology and biology by August 2021.

Ana Rojas is a student athlete at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. Along with excelling in engineering and STEM classes, Rojas competes at the national level in swimming. She has accepted an athletic scholarship to swim and continue her academics at Purdue University.

The Future STEM Leaders Scholarship is funded through the Aerospace STEM Endowment Fund, which is sustained solely through employee and trustee donations, charitable organizations, and estate gifts.

Note: The deadline for 2022 scholarship applications Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

About the Future STEM Leaders Scholarship

Today’s students will chart our nation’s future in space.  Are you ready to take your place in space?

The Aerospace STEM Endowment Fund was established in 2015 to support students pursuing an education and career in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Aerospace is building upon its successful scholarship program in the Los Angeles area by extending our ongoing commitment to promoting STEM across the nation in locations where Aerospace has major offices.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a professional mentorship opportunity for high school students during their senior year, and to provide financial assistance to underrepresented students studying STEM disciplines at a four-year college or university.  


STEM Scholarship Requirements   

The Future STEM Leaders Scholarship program provides a one-time, $5,000 scholarship to a selected high school student at each of the following four (4) locations: Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Chantilly, VA or Arlington/Alexandria, VA. The scholarship funds are distributed after high school graduation and acceptance into a four-year college or university.  Funds are non-renewable.  

Aerospace’s support for the scholarship recipient doesn’t stop with just financial assistance. The recipient is also matched with Aerospace employees who act as academic mentors and life coaches, becoming an important emotional and educational support system for the student as they navigate the college admissions process in their senior year, and later as they settle into college life and consider the working world. 

Submission Criteria  

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. and have permanent residence status within a 20-mile radius of Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; or Arlington/Alexandria, VA.  
  • Applicants must be high school juniors on an educational track to apply in their senior year to a full-time program at a four-year college or university. 
  • Applicants must have a record of leadership and active participation in community-service activities. 
  • Applicants must be interested in pursuing a degree in the physical sciences, computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics. 
  • Applicants must submit a complete Scholarship Application, including all supporting documents, no later than the application due date. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance or evidence of another obstacle 

Selection is based on academic performance, community service and leadership potential.  

Application due date: The deadline for 2022 scholarship applications is Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

We experienced a technical issue over the weekend due to an invalid email address.  We invite individuals to resubmit their applications to: [email protected].

To download the application, click here

Do you have questions?

e-mail: [email protected]