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, April 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

About the Future STEM Leaders Scholarship

The Aerospace STEM Endowment Fund was established in 2015 to support students pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. 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 and underprivileged students studying STEM disciplines at a public or private four-year college or university.

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

The Aerospace Future STEM Leaders scholarship are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Scholarships awarded are based on the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

Scholarship Amount

The Future STEM Leaders Scholarship program provides a $5,000 scholarship to a selected high school student at each of the following five (5) locations: Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Chantilly, VA; Hill, Utah 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.


STEM Scholarship Requirements   

  • DEADLINE for scholarship applications is April 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. NO EXCEPTIONS. Application materials must be e-mailed by that date and time.
  • You can complete the application by clicking here.
  • Refer to the application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed. Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.
  • If any question in this application does not apply to you, put N/A (not applicable) in the space.
  • You will be notified by phone or email in May regarding the status of your application.

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; Chantilly, VA; Hill, Utah or Arlington/Alexandria, VA.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 13 to apply. Aerospace will not accept an application from an applicant who does not meet this age requirement.
  • 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, April 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

To complete the application, please click here.

Do you have questions?

e-mail: futurestemleadersscholarship@aero.org