The SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter's scholarship program provides grants each year to three Mid-Atlantic area universities to support students pursuing studies space- and satellite-related studies.
In addition, each spring, the Chapter hosts a student prize competition, modeled after the Pelton Prize and developed in consultation with Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, former Dean of the International Space University and Vice Chairman and Founder of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, among many other positions and honors. During the competition, graduate and undergraduate engineering students present their projects to a panel of judges, made up of industry experts, who evaluate the students' projects via Q&A, scoring them on technical, presentation and other criteria to determine the winners in three different categories.
Since 2006, the SSPI Mid-Atlantic Chapter has awarded
- More than $23,000 to 30 individuals through our annual student prize competition
- $27,000 to 9 individual scholarship recipients
- $44,000 through 11 donations to George Mason University
- $39,000 through 10 donations to George Washington University
- $34,000 through 9 donations to the University of Maryland
- $6,000 in special grants to fund school projects related to NASA and experiments on the ISS