High School Summer Academy

NASA Scholarship for the

UCR High-School Summer Academy 2021


The Summer Academy program at University of California, Riverside (UCR) offers a valuable summer learning opportunity for high school students. By taking summer STEM courses at UCR, students will be able to earn college credit on an official UC transcript, meet with distinguished faculty, experience college life, and build new relationships with fellow UCR students. More importantly, this experience will greatly help students build a stronger portfolio during the college application process.


The NASA MAA LaunchPad program at UCR now offers a scholarship opportunity to high-school students admitted to the Summer Academy. Selected students will have their tuition and all course-related fees for one summer-session STEM course paid by the NASA MAA LaunchPad program. Students may only take courses from Summer Session A (June 22 – July 25).



1. GPA 3.5 or above;

2. Be in 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020. Rising 10th graders may only be considered on a case-by-case basis if exceptional;

3. Enroll in a STEM course during summer and receive a passing grade.




  • STEP 1: Apply for the UCR Summer Academy: https://summeracademy.ucr.edu. An unofficial transcript is required. Application deadline: May 31st (11:59pm PDT).
  • STEP 2: Apply for the NASA scholarship here. A nomination letter from an authorized school official (teachers, principals, or chancellors) is required. Application deadline: June 8th (11:59pm PDT).


  • ONLY students that have been admitted to the UCR Summer Academy will be considered for the scholarship. To receive the scholarship, the selected students must receive a passing grade for the STEM course they take during the summer.


For Award Recipients


The items listed below are required for the award recipients to conduct a final assessment of their summer-session experience:


1. Respond to the evaluation survey (sent out by our external evaluator, the Mark), at the end of the session.

2. Present at future NASA meetings, if requested, about their summer experience.


Failure to comply with the above obligations may have negative impact on the student’s future applications for NASA scholarships under the MAA LaunchPad program.






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