Update: Oct. 2, 2020 – The on-site learning experience at a NASA center is currently being offered online. See the NCAS website for more updates as they become available.

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, program is an educational experience for community college students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides selected students with a four-day, in-person learning experience at a NASA center.

As part of the program, students will participate in a five-week online workshop, consisting of discussions, live video chats with NASA experts and various mission design challenges. Students will then apply for the opportunity to spend four days at a NASA center collaborating with team members to compete in a STEM engineering design challenge, getting an inside look at NASA missions and science, networking with scientists and engineers, and developing a presentation to showcase their work to a panel of judges.


  • Open to U.S. citizens
  • Currently enrolled community college students.
  • Must be a high-school graduate and at least 18 years old.
  • Concurrent enrollment in or completion of nine or more hours of STEM coursework.
  • Open to U.S. citizens.
  • Students must be available for the five-week online workshop period (requiring a total of about 20 hours of work).
  • Participants must have internet access.


  • A non-refundable $35 fee will be collected for the onsite portion to cover meals and materials.
  • Transportation, housing and meals are provided by NASA for the on-site learning experience.
  • Multiple sessions available

How to Apply:

Visit the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars website and fill out the online application.

Application Deadline: See NCAS website for details

You will need:

  • Your official or unofficial transcript (PDF format).
  • A recommendation letter from a teacher, school administrator, or someone who can attest to your academic qualifications.
  • A short essay (300 words or fewer) describing why you're interested in this opportunity.

Program Website:


Contact Info:

For general inquiries, contact:
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

JPL Education Office - Student & Faculty Programs
(818) 354-1260