Galactic Unite STEM Scholarship at New Mexico State University


Galactic Unite - Virgin Galactic’s outreach initiative - has partnered with Ultimate Software to offer a new STEM scholarship for students at New Mexico State University.

The scholarship has been created through a shared passion to drive positive change for young people through harnessing the power of space and will launch in the fall of 2019.  It will see five students awarded a one year-long scholarship that includes 12 months mentoring with a Virgin Galactic team member. It will be granted to undergraduate students studying a degree in engineering at NMSU College of Engineering.

NMSU has a large number of students pursuing careers in STEM industries and is home to the Atomic Aggies Club, a student organisation enthusiastic about high-powered model rockets and practise safe rocketry at the intercollegiate engineering competition.

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said, “New Mexico has played a pivotal role in the history of human space exploration. We’re delighted to be supporting New Mexico’s future leaders in space through this scholarship while we launch the world’s first commercial spaceline from the state at the same time.”

“We welcome the strong support by Virgin Galactic of NMSU as a whole and including financial aid for our students.  Their continued generosity is noteworthy and we look forward to expanding the partnership across multiple colleges over the months and years ahead,” said New Mexico State Chancellor Dan Arvizu.