Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant must be:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Texas resident
  • High school junior
  • Interested and excited about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Committed to a one-year relationship with JSC, including a designated six-day onsite summer experience
  • Able to access to the Internet (home, school, or public library)

Apply by completing the online application. The HAS application is not currently accepting new applications. Please check the Important Dates to see when the next application will open.

  • September: State Legislators receive information describing the activity, its guidelines, and outlining their roles in the selection process
  • September-October: Application and selection process for students
  • November-February: Students engage in interactive online learning and discussions related to space exploration, including webinars and online discussions with NASA engineers and scientists.
  • April-May: Selected students complete an online team building course with their teams to prepare for the onsite experience.
  • June-July: Onsite summer experience at JSC

Online: During the school year, you will complete an online course. This is a state-aligned S.T.E.M. curriculum focusing on Earth, Aeronautics, International Space Station, Journey to Mars, and the Solar System, and includes interactive lessons, rubric-based activities and quizzes.

Onsite: Selected students will be invited to further their state-aligned S.T.E.M. curriculum during a six-day residential summer experience at JSC. In this portion of the course you will collaboratively work with a student team to complete a Mars mission design challenge by working with NASA mentors, engaging in hands-on engineering challenges and visiting JSC facilities for the purpose of facilitating the teams’ Mars mission research.

There is no cost. The course is free to all participants. Selected students and counselors are provided transportation, housing and meals during their summer experience at JSC.

For questions not answered on the website, please contact us at

You will receive an email from confirming the submission of your application. Your application is considered complete once we have received all of your supporting materials. You are notified by email notification as each item is received. Award notifications of acceptance to the online course will be sent in early November via email from

You must carefully select your state legislator and senator from the drop down menus in the application. As part of the application process, we will notify your local legislators of your wish to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) and seek their nomination for your acceptance into HAS. Please do not contact your state legislator’s directly. We will communicate with them during the process on your behalf. You can find your local legislators here.

Please send an email to and be as specific as possible.

Upon successful completion of the online portion of the course, supporting documentation will be provided to students for a 0.5 Science elective credit. If students are selected and successfully complete the onsite summer experience, additional documentation will be provided for a second 0.5 Science elective credit. The elective credit documentation will be provided to the student, who is then responsible to submit the documentation to the school.

For both the online and onsite portions of the course, it is at the discretion of each student’s high school as to whether credit will be awarded.

For more information about the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars activity, please email questions to