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Larry Carp Memorial Scholarship

The Larry Carp Memorial Scholarship will award one $1,000 scholarship, renewable for three additional undergraduate years, to a St. Louis graduating senior who is either an immigrant or the child of an immigrant to the USA who will pursue a degree in a STEM field of study. The recipient will demonstrate financial need at an accredited US college or university. Preference may be given to applicants who have participated in a music program.

• High School senior from the St. Louis region
• Immigrant or child of immigrants to the United States
• Strong record and potential in a field of science, technology, engineering or math
• Financial need
• Preference may be given to students who have also participated in music programs

Selection and determination of financial need are the responsibility of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and may include evaluators from STEM fields.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of
• application
• student’s extracurricular involvement, including evidence of scientific interests
• essay on role of science to improve the human condition
• two letters of reference—science or math teacher, one other
• transcript and standardized test results that demonstrate past success and potential for future success in the sciences

Financial need will be evaluated based on information provided by the student, family and college:
• application
• FAFSA Student Aid Report
• Financial Aid award letter from the college the student will attend.

Renewal based on satisfactory progress toward degree in a STEM field and continued demonstration of financial need.

Questions? Contact Amy Murphy at the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, or 314-880-4965.

Eligibility, financial need, and award amount for this scholarship program will be determined by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. This scholarship program, as component fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.


2014-2015 Monsanto High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship

Missouri Community Service Commission Logo 2014-2015 Missouri Community Service Commission-Monsanto High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship

The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) is now taking applications for the MCSC-Monsanto High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship. This scholarship awards program is made possible by the Monsanto Company. The scholarship is available to all Missouri freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who meet the criterion. The Committee is seeking student-volunteers who are committed to improving their communities, while inspiring others to serve through their volunteerism. Eight student-volunteers will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 funding year. The deadline to submit the application is by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015. For questions, contact Christine Gardner at (877) 210-7611 or (573) 526-7559. To access the application, click on the link below. The ‘Log of Activities’ template (referenced in the application) has been made available to assist the applicant. Click on the link below the application.


Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, funded by London billionaire Richard Branson, made a successful 20-second test flight over California’s Mojave desert Friday.


Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot spacecraft aiming to make the world’s first commercial suborbital spaceflights later this year, conducted its third rocket-powered test flight on Friday.

With Virgin Galactic chief pilot David Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky at the controls, SpaceShipTwo soared to an altitude 71,000 feet above ground – about twice as high as commercial jetliners, Virgin Galactic said on Twitter.

The 20-second rocket burn, over California’s Mojave desert, propelled the ship to 1.4 times faster than the speed of sound, the company said.

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It was the third powered test flight for SpaceShipTwo, which was designed and built by Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp.

“She flew brilliantly,” Mackay said in a statement from Virgin Galactic after landing.

“To be behind the controls and fly it as the rocket ignited is something I will never forget,” Mackay added.

The spacecraft, which is hauled into the air by a carrier jet and released, also has made 28 glide flights. It is modeled after the prize-winning SpaceShipOne prototype, which made a trio of suborbital spaceflights in 2004 to clinch the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded human spaceflights.

With SpaceShipTwo tucked between its twin hulls, Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two carrier jet took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port just after dawn. An hour later, Mackay landed the spaceship safely back on the runway, Virgin Galactic said on Twitter.

Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of billionaire Richard Branson’s London-based Virgin Group, is selling rides on SpaceShipTwo for $250,000. So far, more than 650 people have put down deposits or paid for rides. Branson and his two children are expected to fly on the first passenger flight late this year.

“I couldn’t be happier to start the New Year with all the pieces visibly in place for the start of full space flights. 2014 will be the year when we will finally put our beautiful spaceship in her natural environment of space,” Branson said in a statement.

The upcoming flights are designed to reach altitudes of more than 65 miles above Earth, high enough to see the curvature of the planet set against the blackness of space. Riders also will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before the ship re-enters the atmosphere.

SpaceShipTwo’s last rocket-powered flight was in September, part of a rigorous test program prior to the start of commercial flight services.

Other companies developing passenger suborbital spacecraft include privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which is building a two-person spaceplane called Lynx, and Blue Origin, a startup space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Virgin Galactic also plans to use its White Knight Two carrier jets to launch small satellites and payloads into orbit

Source: MSN

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