Do you know that Starfleet Academy scholarship program really does exist? I am sure all the Star Trek fans are familiar about this name, but don’t you find it surprising that you can actually get help paying for college from this unique organization?
As you might have expected, the Starfleet is an organization for Star Trek fans in United States (and also the world). The organization has been established since more than 35 years ago, and the organization is now arguably the largest Star Trek fan-based organization in the United States, with hundreds of local chapters available throughout the United States (with different starship/space station names! FUN!). What’s more, the organization stay true to the Star Trek theme by using the chain of command system, with possible promotion for its members depending on how they perform or are involved in their local Starfleet chapter in their area. Being a Startrek fan-based organization, their main focus is to provide valuable information about the Starfleet, Trek trivia, as well as some real life activities.
Starfleet Academy Scholarship Programs
The organization values its members, and they are providing scholarship programs available for the deserving members. The money can be used to help with tuition in universities, community colleges, technical schools, etc. If you are interested to apply for the scholarship program, you have to become a Starfleet member for at least one year before the deadline of the application each year, which usually ends in June 15.
The winners will be announced in the International Conference in the summer, which means that the award winners can get their scholarships in the next fall semester. The amount of scholarship varies each year, but in general the awardees will receive no more than $1,000.
There are several scholarships programs given by this organization, each focuses on an area of study. Currently, these programs include:
James Doohan/Montgomery Scott Engineering & Technology Scholarship
As the name suggested, this scholarship aims to provide help for deserving students of any field related to engineering and technology. The broad range of this scholarship makes it very popular amongst students from those fields.
DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Memorial Medical & Veterinarian Scholarship
If you’re currently someone who is studying medical and veterinarian studies in an accredited college in United States, you might be eligible for this scholarship award. Needless to say, you will also have to be a fan of Star Trek!
Gene Roddenberry Memorial/Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for Aspiring Writers & Artists
Many of the Star Trek fans are also interested to write good stories, create good movies, or even to become an artist themselves. This scholarship allows them to do so. What’s more, the scholarship program also covers students who are studying other liberal arts, including dancing, graphic designs, music, literature, etc.
Armin Shimerman/George Takei/LeVar Burton Scholarship for Business, Language Studies & Education
If you’re a student learning foreign language, you might be interested in this program. Furthermore, the program allows students in teaching studies and also business and management studies to apply for the scholarship.
Space Explorers’ Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship program is available for every other fields that are not covered by the previous scholarship program we’ve mentioned above. The program was started to honor the astronauts and cosmonauts who lost their life during a space exploration program.
If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, you should remember that you have to be a member of this organization for at least a year. For more information on this non-regular scholarship opportunity, please visit the official website of the Starfleet Academy on our reference section, or you can also contact them by phone at (888) 734-8735.
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