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The Mars Generation Opens Applications for 10 Full Paid Space Camp Scholarships



MINNEAPOLIS, MN:  Beginning today, The Mars Generation (TMG) is pleased to announce that the organization is now taking applications to select 10 students who will receive full-paid scholarships (transportation included) to Space Camp located in Huntsville, Alabama for summer of 2016.

The application process begins with the teachers who recognize talent and need. Teachers will nominate students who have demonstrated an aptitude in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who would benefit from an experience like Space Camp. The Mars Generation board members will review nominations, and invite applications from qualified nominated students. Each application will include a two-page essay from the student. Deadline for teacher nominations is no later than Feb. 1, 2016, and student applications must be completed and submitted online on or before March 1, 2016.

Space Camp Scholarship qualifications include:

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  • Being ages 13-16
  • Showing an interest and aptitude in STEM subjects
  • Having satisfactory academic standing
  • Demonstrating financial need – determined by student being at or below the income guidelines set in the USDA free lunch program. Student/parents will need to show income verification either through qualification of USDA free lunch verification or tax returns.
  • Being currently enrolled in a school in the United States
  • Having parent permission
  • Having never attended Space Camp

The Mars Generation Space Camp Scholarship program is a unique program offering support beyond the estimated $1,500 for tuition and transportation fees to attend the camp. To prepare TMG Scholars for the awe-inspiring experience of attending Space Camp, they will be mentored as a cohort by students who have previously attended Space Camp and are now TMG Space Ambassadors. Additionally, TMG will engage parent liaisons who will be available to answer questions and provide guidance to scholars’ parents.

“It is exciting to be able to award 10 full-paid scholarships to Space Camp just three months after launching this nonprofit,” said Nicole Harrison, Executive Director of The Mars Generation. “We are so thankful for the wonderful online community, official sponsors and private donors who have made these first scholarships possible, and we look forward to what the future will bring as this nonprofit matures.”

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The Mars Generation serves as a catalyst to identify students with an interest in STEM and nurture their study in STEM education through outreach and scholarship programs. Through programs like the Space Camp Scholarship program, The Mars Generation fulfills its mission as a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and inspiring tomorrow’s explorers today. By energizing young people with excitement for space and STEM, TMG is educating youth and adults about the importance of deep space exploration to humankind.

To nominate a student for a scholarship please click here.

For more information about Space Camp USA, click here

For questions and interviews, contact Yvonne Hundshamer at


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