Once again, Northrup-Grumman Corporation will be funding students to Space Camp® for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS), which will be held from Sept. 23-28, 2017.
NOTE:If you have previously applied for this scholarship and were successful, we strongly encourage you to find funding elsewhere. WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW CANDIDATES.
Since 1990, over 3800 students from the U. S. and many foreign countries have attended SCIVIS. For many of those students it has been the highlight of their middle and high school years. Comments like, “this is the best week of my school year” and “at SCIVIS I don’t have to explain my visual impairment to people because everyone there gets it”, are heard all the time.
SCIVIS is a special week at Space Camp®. It is a 6-day/night educational adventure involving curriculum in space science, aviation, teamwork, and simulated space and aviation missions. All adaptations are available to students during their “Week in Space”, i.e. Braille, large print, electronic magnification, etc.
This year will be the 28th year for SCIVIS. In 2016, 211 students from 23 U. S. states, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, India, Israel, and South Africa attended the program.
RULES AND REGULATIONS1. Students who are blind or visually impaired may apply from the age of 10 to 18 years of age. Students must provide documentation of current enrollment. University students are not eligible. Students who are older than 18 who are enrolled in high school are eligible with proper documentation. If younger students wish to attend this should not be their first trip away from home or their first camp experience. Younger children, ages 10-12, should have an accompanying chaperone. Please include an email address or phone number of the school or administrator so we may verify this information, if needed.2. Students must provide documentation from a medical doctor, preferably an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, the cause of the blindness or low vision and the current visual functioning, i.e. 20/200, total blindness, LP, etc. This report must be clearly legible and contain contact information for the medical professional so the report can be verified. Please include an email address or phone number for the medical professional so we may verify this information, if needed.3. Educational and medical documentation may be forwarded to any of the following: email - firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method)FAX - 304-822-4898Mail - 190 Armstrong St., Romney, WV 26757 USA4. Scholarship opportunities are open to students who are blind and visually impaired from the following geographic areas in the United States and around the world.• Australia• United Kingdom• United Arab Emirates• Saudi Arabia• Los Angeles, CA• San Diego, CA• Dallas, TX• Colorado Springs, CO• Chicago, IL• Baltimore/Washington and Suburban MD and VA• Space Coast of Florida5. Students MUST have the ability to read, speak, and understand English. Fluency is required! The need to quickly learn new technology will be required. English or UEB Braille, both contracted and uncontracted, large print, and electronic magnification are readily available. 6. Students should have an interest in math and science to participate in this program. Future plans for a career in STEM careers should be mentioned, if applicable. Information about Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) can be found at http://www.scivis.org. Information about Space Camp®, in general, and can be found at http://www.spacecamp.com.7. Students attending from the upper grades, ages 15-18, will have the option to SCUBA dive in 24-foot Underwater Astronaut Trainer. Also, included in the activities is climbing a 49-foot rock wall and other high ropes elements. Please do not apply if you are not willing to try new things. There are plenty of applicants willing to “stretch themselves” so don’t apply if you are not. We are not interested in applicants who are unwilling to try and experience new things.8. All travel will be coordinated through a travel agency in the U. S. Chaperones accompanying students will not be eligible for funding. Chaperones cannot be parents and must be professional educators who have had a history working with the applicant. Accompanying chaperones are not a requirement.9. The selection committee will meet in April of 2017 and applicants will be notified before the end of April 2017 to allow ample time for passport and visa applications, if needed.
To insure your best chance for selection to the Northrup-Grumman Team please complete the following: 1. Deadline for application April 1, 2017Northrup Grumman Application completely filled out. Includes Essays 1 and 2 below.2. Essay 1 (part of application #1 above) - Please write no less than 2000 characters detailing where you live, where you go to school, and why you should be selected over other equally qualified students. NOTE: this essay will be the primary document to determine your selection.3. Essay 2 (part of application #1 above) - write no less than 2000 characters detailing your visual condition or why you do not see well. In living with this condition, please share some of the positive and negative aspects that you encounter during a regular day at home and at school.4. Documentation to confirm your enrollment in an educational program as stated in #1 Rules and Regulations above.5. Medical documentation concerning your visual condition as stated in #2 Rules & Regulations above.
If you are selected to the Northrup Grumman Team you will be notified around May 1, 2017. At that time you will have to begin organizing your trip to Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Additional forms for travel, i.e. passport and visas may be needed. These are the responsibility of the applicant and not Space Camp®, SCIVIS or Northrup Grumman. On-line registration for the actual program will need to be completed. All cost involving your arrival to the program will be covered (tuition, airport transportation, early arrival and late departure fees). Luggage cost will be the responsibility of the student. Transportation cost, in most instances, will be dealt with on an individual basis. A contracted travel agency will assist you with finding the most cost-effective route to Huntsville. Travel from the closest airport to Huntsville will be funded. Alternate stops or extended destinations will not be funded.
Once airfares are purchased you are obligated to attend the program. Failure to do so will result not only in a missed opportunity for you but also a child who could have attended in your place.Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon!