Children of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Soldiers and civilians are among those eligible to apply for a one-week scholarship to Space Camp held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., July 4-9.

The Air, Space and Missile Defense Association is offering 16 scholarships to any child, 9-11 years old, of a parent or guardian who is a member of ASMDA and is assigned to USASMDC/ARSTRAT, Program Executive Office Missile and Space, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and the Missile Defense Agency (military, civilian or a contractor working for corporate members of ASMDA). Military and government personnel must apply for free membership to ASMDA to be eligible.

To apply, parents must provide the child's most recent report card, a copy of the parents free ASMDC membership application, and a short (200-600 word) hand-written essay on one of the subjects listed in the scholarship application package.

The ASMDA scholarship includes the scholarship, round-trip airfare from parent's work location, Space Camp flight suit, Space Camp clothing package, phone card, small amount of spending cash and any unaccompanied minor travel fees.

"We are very excited about the opportunity we are offering the Soldiers and employees of the ASMDA community," said Bob Pollard, ASMDA president. "The ability to provide this wonderful experience to 16 children, who probably would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend, is very rewarding."

The application deadline is May 1. ASMDA's goal is to notify the winners beginning May 20. Immediately following selection and acceptance, ASMDA will send the winners an information package and begin making flight reservations, if applicable. Once selected, winners will still be required to provide an attendance application (including a summer camp physical) to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. ASMDA Scholarship Application Forms are available on the ASMDA Web site at

ASMDA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support USASMDC/ARSTRAT, PEO-M&S, JFCC-IMD, MSIC, NASA Marshall and MDA in the attainment of their goals and visions.