Scholarship Program

August 23, 2017

Our scholarships for the upcoming academic year have already been awarded, but here is an excellent scholarship opportunity from the American Red Cross. Probably too late for the summer drive, which ends next week, but there is time to prepare for the winter drive. Blood donation is vitally important, and one of our core programs for Paying It Forward.

Leaders Save Lives

 

July 7, 2017

Heinlein Society Scholarship Program

It was another year of exceptional growth. We received a total of 163 scholarship applications, almost doubling last year’s record number, though we had fewer international entries. I continue to be astounded by the wealth of excellent candidates. Our scholarship committee truly had our work cut out for us to narrow it down to three. Here are this year’s winners:

Alec Jobbins – Alec is attending U.C. Berkley in California as a sophomore, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. In addition to his numerous academic honors, Alec is also a four time Junior Olympian and state champion in slalom ski racing. He hopes “… to develop new technologies such as biocompatible prostheses and micro-implants that will improve the lives of patients.”

Lydia Pscholka – Lydia is this year’s winner of the “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship”. She will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder as a sophomore, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She has been very active with various community service organizations. Among her career goals, she wants to “… make jet fuels and rocket fuels more environmentally safe.”

Emma Riedi – Emma is enrolled at Bemidji State University in Minnesota as a freshman. Her major is Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Environmental Health and Toxicology. She credits a PBS special for inspiring her towards a career choice that will allow her to combine her love of the outdoors with her desire to make a postivie impact on the world.

Our other top ten finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Cameron Angulo
Alexandra Barletta-Chacon
Markika Fox
Markisha Fuller
Charles Hanson
Priyanka Koratpallikar
Courtney Nieto

We wish our winners, and indeed all of the applicants, great success in their academic pursuits and in their future careers. We have no doubt that they will use their knowledge as a springboard to Pay It Forward.

 

March 7, 2017

We are very pleased to announce our sixth annual scholarship essay contest for the 2017-2018 academic year. Three $1,250 scholarships (a 25% increase versus last year) will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2017.

Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2017-2018 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply again, but they must choose a different essay topic than previously.

To apply, download and fill out the RTF (Rich Text Format) below and email to Deadline is May 15, 2017.

THS 2017 Scholarship Application Form

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2017.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 3 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Three (3) $1,250 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Engineering, Math, or Biological or Physical Sciences, or Science Fiction as Literature.

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form.

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. Discuss the ‘Golden Age of SF’ and Robert Heinlein’s role in it.
c. Discuss one or more great scientists, mathematicians, or engineers, and the importance of their contributions to humanity, who are not nearly as well known to the educated public as you believe their work deserves.
d. Robert Heinlein said “The golden age of science has yet to begin.” Evaluate this statement compared to your technical field.
e. Discuss the advantages to the human race of a permanent settlement on the Moon or Mars.
f. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to the point where driverless cars, robotics for manufacture, and chess-playing can be done without humans. Anticipate what will happen to economics and society in general as AI and robotics assume a larger portion of human activity. What will happen to humans whose jobs are displaced therefrom?
g. What does the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” imply for scientists and engineers?

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2017. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please email completed application RTF to:

February 26, 2017

We’ll have this year’s application up soon. Meanwhile, Here is an excellent scholarship opportunity to plan for, from the American Red Cross. Blood donation is vitally important, and one of our core programs for Paying It Forward. A win-win situation if ever there was one.

Leaders Save Lives

 

August 26, 2016

Here is an excellent scholarship opportunity from the American Red Cross. Blood donation is vitally important, and one of our core programs for Paying It Forward.

Leaders Save Lives

 

July 7, 2016

Wow, what an amazing year. We received a total of 82 scholarship applications – almost twice as many as any previous year –from eight different countries: Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Philippines, Spain, and the United States. There were many wonderful essays and worthy applicants, and it was quite a challenge to select our three winners who are:

Elias Anderson – Elias was one of our two winners last year as well. He is our first ever multi-year winner. He is enrolled at St. Vincent college in Pennsylvania as a sophomore majoring in Engineering and Mathematics, He hopes to pursue a career in the space industry.

Carson Bulter – Carson is the inaugural winner of the “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship”. She will be attending the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences as a freshman, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She envisions herself working with NASA in the future, and already off to a good start, having taken an eight-week online course as a NASA Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar as well as a resident course at Langley Research Center.

Charles Hanson – Charles is our first non U.S. scholarship winner. He is enrolled as a freshman at the University of Alberta, majoring in Mathematics. He plans to declare a second major in astrophysics when he has the requisite credits to do so. His dream is to become an astronaut, and last year he attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and has been invited back to attend the Advanced Space Camp.

We wish our winners, and indeed all of the applicants, great success in their academic pursuits and in their future careers. To paraphrase Mr. Ollivander, ” I think it’s clear that we can expect great things from them.”

 

March 1, 2016

We are very pleased to announce our fifth annual scholarship essay contest for the 2016-2017 academic year. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry). The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2016.

Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2016-2017 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply again, but they must choose a different essay topic.

To apply, fill out the form below and print or email. Deadline is May 15, 2016.

Scholarship Application 2016

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2016.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference forms, essay, etc.)
4. Please type or print legibly.
5. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 3 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Three (3) $1,000 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences (e.g. Physics, Chemistry) or Science Fiction as Literature.

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly)

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. Discuss the ‘Golden Age of SF’ and Robert Heinlein’s role in it.
c. Discuss one or more of the great woman scientists or technologists of the past or today, and the importance of women in STEM fields generally.
d. Robert Heinlein said “The golden age of science has yet to begin.” Evaluate this statement compared to your technical field.
e. Discuss the advantages to the human race of a permanent settlement on the Moon or Mars.
f. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to the point where driverless cars, robotics for manufacture, and chess-playing can be done without humans. Anticipate what will happen to economics and society in general as AI and robotics assume a larger portion of human activity. What will happen to humans whose jobs are displace therefrom?

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2016. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:

The Heinlein Society
3553 Atlantic Ave. #341
Long Beach, CA 90807-5606

or email to:


 

December 28, 2015

We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our scholarship program for the 2016-2017 academic year. You can read all about it here:

THS Expands Scholarships

 

July 7, 2015

We’re very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. This year we received a total of 16 applications.

The winners are:

Elias Anderson – Elias will be attending St. Vincent college in Pennsylvania as a freshman, majoring in Engineering and Mathematics, He hopes to pursue a career in the space industry.

Timothy Brown – Timothy is enrolled at the University of Alabama as a Sophomore, seeking a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. He will also be working as an intern with an engineering company to gain first hand experience to help decide his career path after graduation.

We wish our winners, and indeed all of the applicants, great success in their academic pursuits and in their future careers.

 

March 8, 2015

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce our fourth annual scholarship essay contest for the 2015-2016 academic year. Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), or in Science Fiction as Literature. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2015.

Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2015-2016 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply again, but they must choose a different essay topic.

To apply, fill out the form below and print or email. Deadline is May 15, 2015.

Scholarship Application 2015

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2015.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference forms, essay, etc.)
4. Please type or print legibly.
5. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 2 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Two (2) $750 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Science Fiction as Literature or Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences (e.g. Physics, Chemistry).

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly)

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. My favorite Robert Heinlein story and why.
c. My favorite and least favorite Heinlein stories, and why.
d. Robert Heinlein said “The golden age of science has yet to begin.” Evaluate this statement compared to your technical field.
e. Discuss the advantages to the human race of a permanent settlement on the Moon or Mars.

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2015. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:

The Heinlein Society
3553 Atlantic Ave. #341
Long Beach, CA 90807-5606

or email to:


 

July 7, 2014

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. This year we received a total of 21 applications from students in 4 countries.

The winners are:

Skyler Saleebyan – Skyler will be transferring UC Santa Barbara, California this fall as a junior. He completed the first two years of his Bachelor’s at Glendale Community College, with many of his credits earned concurrently with completing high school. His major is Physics. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in Material Science, with an emphasis on nanotechnology.

Joy Zhang – Joy is currently enrolled in Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This fall will mark the beginning of her sophomore year. She was born in Florida and spent several years living with her grandparents in China before returning to the U.S. While attending high school, she competed in the Georgia Science Olympiad.

We wish our winners, and indeed all of the applicants, great success in their academic pursuits and in their future careers.

 

March 16, 2014

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce our third annual scholarship essay contest for the 2014-2015 academic year. We are increasing the amount of the two scholarships we award to $750. The scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), or in Science Fiction as Literature. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2014.

Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2014-2015 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply again, but they must choose a different essay topic.

To apply, fill out the form below and print or email. Deadline is May 15, 2014.

Scholarship Application 2014

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2014.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference forms, essay, etc.)
4. Please type or print legibly.
5. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 2 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Two (2) $750 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Science Fiction as Literature or Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences (e.g. Physics, Chemistry).

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly)

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. My favorite Robert Heinlein story and why.
c. Discuss applicability of achievements in space exploration or research to improving human lives here on earth.

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2014. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:

The Heinlein Society
3553 Atlantic Ave. #341
Long Beach, CA 90807-5606

or email to:


 

July 7, 2013

We’re very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. This year we received a total of 18 applications from students in 7 countries.

Although only two scholarships were advertised, we in the scholarship committee found ourselves with the nearly impossible task of reducing the field of candidates to only two. So, with the support of the board, we have decided to award three scholarships this year. The winners are:

Christopher Joren – Christopher is enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and will be a junior next year. He enrolled there after taking a hiatus from his studies to serve four years in the U.S. Air Force. He plans to make his career working in the alternative energy industry.

Samantha (Sam) Healy – Sam will be attending St. Luke’s College of Health Science as a Junior, seeking a Bachlor’s in Nursing. Although this is not among our listed majors, she made a compelling case for us to consider her. We are considering including medical sciences in our list of majors  for the future. She is still deciding on a nursing specialty.

Mohammed Jayson – Mohammed will be attending the University of Florida as Freshman in Physical Sciences. He was born in Bangladesh, and his family later moved to the U.S. to pursue new opportunities. Mohammed is planning a career in astronomy.

We wish our winners, and indeed all of the applicants, great success in upcoming years and in their future careers.

 

February 10, 2013

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce our second annual scholarship essay contest for the 2013-2014 academic year. There are two $500 scholarships which will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), or in Science Fiction as Literature. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics.

To apply, fill out the form below and print or email. Deadline is May 15, 2013.

Scholarship Application 2013

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2013.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference forms, essay, etc.)
4. Please type or print legibly.
5. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 2 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Two (2) $500 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Science Fiction as Literature or Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences (e.g. Physics, Chemistry).

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly)

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. My favorite Robert Heinlein story and why.
c. Recent developments in, and importance of, privately funded space exploration and commercial development.

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2013. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:

The Heinlein Society
3553 Atlantic Ave. #341
Long Beach, CA 90807-5606

or email to:


 

July 7, 2012:

We are pleased to announce the winners of our two $500 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year – Sarah McGowan and Meagan Nelford-Fracassi.

We received a total of 43 applications from students in 13 countries. There were some very good applicants, and it wasn’t easy to narrow the field to just two, but both Sarah and Meagan had well-written essays, well-defined career goals, and a laudable history of community service that demonstrated a commitment to Paying It Forward.

Sarah will be attending Princeton as a Sophomore, and Meagan will be attending USC as a Sophomore.

Congratulations, Sarah and Meagan. We’re glad we could be a part of helping you on your journeys.


Entries for the 2012-2013 academic year are now closed. Check back for our next scholarship opportunities.

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce that for the 2012-2013 academic year we will be offering the first of many scholarships. There will be two $500 scholarships awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering, math, or physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), or in Science Fiction as Literature. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics.

To apply, fill out the form below and print or email. Deadline is May 15, 2012.

 

1. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2012.
2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements.
3. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference forms, essay, etc.
4. Please type or print legibly.
5. If you have any questions about the application, please email

Purpose: To provide scholarship to 2 deserving full time students attending a four-year college.

Award Components: Two (2) $500 scholarships awarded to students selected by the Heinlein Society Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college that awards Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees.

2. Major must be Science Fiction as Literature or Engineering, Math or Physical Sciences (e.g. Physics, Chemistry).

3. Open to residents of any country.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly)

2. A brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information.

3. A 500 – 1,000 word essay on one of the following subjects:

a. How Robert Heinlein affected my career choice.
b. My favorite Robert Heinlein story and why.
c. The importance of space exploration to the future of the human race.

Deadline for the application is May 15, 2012. Applications postmarked or emailed after this date will not be considered.

Please mail completed application to:
The Heinlein Society
3553 Atlantic Ave. #341
Long Beach, CA 90807-5606

or email to:


 

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