By Dottie WhiteApril 2, 2008
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) is offering 16 scholarships to selected children to attend a one-week Space Camp June 29 - July 4, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Any child, age 9 - 11, of a parent or guardian currently assigned to SMDC/ARSTRAT, PEO-MS, STRATCOM, MSIC or MDA is eligible. Military or government civilian, including matrix personnel, can apply as well as those who are individual members of ASMDA or contractors working for corporate members of ASMDA. A list of corporate sponsors is available by going to the Web site, www.ASMDA.us/, and click on "members." Selection criterion includes a space essay written solely by the child, an interest in science/space, grades, location (goal of two from each location - Huntsville; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Kwajalein; Alaska; and Omaha, Neb.), and financial need. The scholarship includes round-trip airfare and unaccompanied minor fee from parent's work location, transportation to and from Huntsville airport to the Space and Rocket Center, a Space Camp flight suit and clothing package, a phone card, and a small amount of spending cash. The deadline to apply is May 5. Applications are available online at www.smdc.army.mil.