Twenty-five graduate and undergraduate students have been selected as the first recipients of NASA's Aeronautics Scholarship.

The recipients were selected from nearly 400 applications for the school year that begins in fall 2008. The new program is designed to aid students in fields of study with applications promising to aeronautics.

"Our goal is to encourage and foster highly motivated students to pursue and excel in disciplines of aeronautics so that they can lead work toward solving key challenges facing aviation in the 21st century," said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. "I am especially pleased these students will have the opportunity to work alongside our researchers as we address the challenges of air traffic
management efficiency and safety improvements, and emissions and noise reduction."

Undergraduate scholarship winners will receive $15,000 per year to cover tuition costs for two years and a $10,000 stipend during a summer internship with NASA. Graduate scholarship winners will receive approximately $35,000 per year for as many as three years and $10,000 stipends for as many as two summer internships. To maintain their scholarship awards, all recipients must continue to meet the academic standards of the universities they attend.

The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program expects to award 20 two-year undergraduate scholarships plus summer internships, and five two- or three-year graduate scholarships plus summer internships annually in the future. Acceptance of on-line applications for the fall 2009
scholarship year will begin in September. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or its territories. The application requirements include information on the students' proposed area of study.

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