The National 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, getting an inside look at NASA missions and science, networking with NASA scientists and engineers, and developing a presentation to showcase their work to a panel of judges.


  • 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics 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).


  • A non-refundable $30 fee will be collected for the onsite portion to cover meals and materials.
  • Transportation, housing and meals are provided by NASA.
  • Fall and Spring sessions available

How to Apply:

Visit the National 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.

Contact Info:

For general inquiries, contact:
National Community College Aerospace Scholars

NASA Program Coordinator
Alicia Baturoni Cortez

JPL Program Coordinator:
Eddie Gonzales, Roslyn Soto

Program Website: