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Dwayne Brown
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(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Sept. 28, 2004
RELEASE : 04-317
NASA to Provide Scholarships and Jobs to Students
NASA today released a cooperative agreement notice (CAN) in preparation for an upcoming agency program announcement that will provide scholarships to university and college students.

The CAN is the first step prior to the debut of the agency's Science and Technology Scholarship Program (STSP). NASA is seeking to competitively select a partner to administer and coordinate program activities. The activities would include eligibility criteria, scholarship funding, retention requirements, service obligation, non-completion and non-compliance penalties. NASA will maintain overall management and oversight of the program.

"This program will be an unprecedented opportunity for two and four-year university and college students," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's Chief Education Officer. "The program will set the standard for inspiring and motivating our young men and women to ensure our nation's future leadership in science and technology to fulfill the Vision for Space Exploration."

To attain the Vision for Space Exploration, one of NASA's strategic goals and missions is to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STSP is a competitive scholarship program intended to guide students toward those careers. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Following graduation, students successfully completing the program will be appointed to full-time positions with NASA.

The program will be open to diverse geographic and demographic individuals enrolled in accredited university, college or community college degree programs specializing in STEM fields. The STSP was specifically created to attract the best and brightest students in STEM areas of study. In exchange for scholarships and research stipend support, STSP students must agree to fulfill a service obligation following graduation.

Organizations interested in partnering with NASA to develop and coordinate the STSP are invited to submit proposals. Participation is open to domestic organizations that include, universities and colleges, professional societies, industry, nonprofit, and academic institutions. Proposals from entities outside the U.S. will not be considered.

Deadline for proposals is October 28, 2004.

NASA will select one organization in November. The program will officially debut in December 2004. In December details will be released about application procedures and deadlines, selection criteria, scholarship funding and future NASA workforce requirements.

To view the CAN announcement on the Internet, visit:

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