The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, program is an educational experience for 2-year community college students seeking a STEM degree. The program is designed to build a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging students in authentic learning experiences with NASA. Scholars get a closer look at NASA’s unique missions and research and learn how to develop their talents, interests, and passion to become future STEM professionals by participating in one or more of three experiences:

  • Mission 1: Discover – Discover NASA’s research and missions through a five-week online experience during which scholars will attend lectures with NASA scientists and engineers and receive guidance and support from education specialists.

  • Mission 2: Engage – Scholars who successfully complete Mission 1 may receive an invitation to participate in Mission 2, during which they will collaborate with team members and NASA experts to compete in a STEM engineering design challenge, receive career guidance, gain connections to NASA's missions and work.

  • Mission 3: Explore – Scholars who successfully complete Mission 2 may be selected to participate in Mission 3 at a NASA center, where they will shadow experts and contribute to agency missions and science.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • High-school graduate or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Attending a U.S. community college.
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of nine or more hours of STEM coursework.
  • Able to commit to a five-week online session.
  • Internet access.
  • Have not previously participated in NCAS.

How to Apply:

For more information, including how to apply, what you'll need, and upcoming session dates, visit the NCAS program website.

Program Website:

NCAS Program Website

Contact Info:

For general inquiries, contact:
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

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