Educational SupportRNASA is a nonprofit organization that depends on corporate sponsorships to create an event that has been called the "Academy Awards" for Space Achievement. Any excess funds remaining after event production expenses are donated to space-related educational programs.
RNASA Foundation proceeds from the 2012 banquet event were donated to the NASA Aerospace Scholars program in August of 2012. Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, the Foundation donated a total of $32,700 in proceeds, with $10,000 of that designated in honor of Michael Coats, the 2012 National Space Trophy winner. Of this total donation, $7,700 was sent in the spring to pay for the cost of team shirts for the 2012 students of the NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars and Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) programs.
A total of $26,340 in proceeds from the 2011 RNASA event were donated to the Texas Aerospace Scholars (TAS) and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Endowment in honor of National Space Trophy winner, General Kevin Chilton. The USAFA Endowment received $10,000 and the TAS donation of $16,340 supported the High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) and the Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars programs based at Johnson Space Center.
In 2010, RNASA donated $34,000 in proceeds including $20,000 from the Foundation, and $7,000, in honor of the 2010 National Space Trophy winner, Bill Gerstenmaier, donated to the High School Aerospace Scholars program. Another $7,000 was being donated in honor of the 2009 National Space Trophy winner, Michael Griffin, to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to support Space Camp.
Past recipients of RNASA donations include the National Flight Academy adjacent to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida; Parks College of Engineering at St. Louis University; Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Space Center Houston; and the On Wings of Eagles Foundation of Broomfield, Colorado.
The RNASA Foundation has supported the High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program since soon after its inception in 1999. RNASA Foundation donations have allowed more students to complete on-line lessons and then spend a week during the summer at Johnson Space Center where they are briefed by engineers, scientists, and astronauts; and cooperate to design settlements on Mars. Spanning 1999 to 2012, almost 7,000 students have been nominated by their state legislators to participate in the online portion of HAS with more than 3,300 attending the summer experience. With the success of TX HAS, JSC Office of Education has partnered with States of Idaho and Washington and the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer the opportunity to their students. Additionally, Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) was piloted in 2011 to young women across the U.S. For more information about NASA Aerospace Scholars, visit: