The Mars Generation 2018 Space Camp Scholarship Winners Announced

We are so excited and pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 TMG Space Camp Scholarship. We have hand-picked 16 talented students (increased from 10 students in 2017) from a large pool of applicants from across the United States to attend Space Camp USA this summer. This is a very competitive scholarship program, which provides students lacking economic resources with a full-ride scholarship to Space Camp, including transportation costs.

We sent our first 10 scholarships winners to Space Camp in 2016, and the program was so successful that we sent an additional 9 students in 2017. This year, 2018, our third group of students (16 total) will attend Space Camp. We are looking forward to seeing them attend and share their experiences with their communities through the public presentations they proposed as part of their applications for the scholarship program. We have listed below the 2018 winners. Join us in following along their progress by liking us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and by signing up for email updates.

If you would like to donate to our Space Camp Scholarship program and help support sending these students and future students to space camp, please visit our donation page.

Space Camp Scholarship Winner Roy Anderson Name: Roy Anderson
Age: 15
Location: Texas
Favorite subject(s) in school: Science and math
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Playing cello in high school orchestra/ensembles, and robotics
Post-secondary education plans: Roy plans on applying to the University of Southern California to obtain a BS in astronautical engineering
Career goal: Astronaut

Space Camp Scholarship Winner Monica CortesName: Monica Cortes
Age: 16
Location: Nevada
Favorite subject(s) in school: Physics and French
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Griffith Observatory
Post-secondary education plans: Monica plans on attending a four year university to pursue a career in astrophysics
Career goal: Astronaut

Space Camp Scholarship Winner Sorayah DouglassName: Sorayah Douglass
Age: 16
Location: Florida
Favorite subject(s) in school: Math and journalism
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) program
Post-secondary education plans: Sorayah plans on going to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and majoring in biomedical engineering
Career goal: Biomedical Engineer

 Name: Destiny Kelly
Age: 16
Location: Illinois
Favorite subject(s) in school: Science and Math
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school PLTW engineering program
Post-secondary education plans: Destiny plans to attend MIT or Purdue University to major in astronautical engineering with a minor in chemical engineering
Career goal: Astronautical Engineer

Name: Mariana Kelly
Age: 15
Location: Massachusetts
Favorite subject(s) in school: Geometry and computer science
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school Computer Science Club Hackathon
Post-secondary education plans: Mariana plans to attend a four-year college
Career goal: Author, singer, Broadway actress, nurse, English teacher, or computer programmer

Name: Micai Merriweather
Age: 
17
Location: Illinois
Favorite subject(s) in school: Chemistry
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school PLTW engineering program
Post-secondary education plans: Micai would like to travel the world or get a degree from a university
Career goal: Space scientist or pilot

Space Camp Scholarship Winner Sophya MirzaName: Sophya Mirza
Age: 15
Location: California
Favorite subject(s) in school: Engineering, computer science, math, and physics
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school FRC robotics
Post-secondary education plans: Sophya would like to pursue a double-major in aerospace engineering and computer science
Career goal: Engineer and scientist

Amira Aboudallah

Name: Amira Aboudallah
Age: 17
Location: Nevada
Favorite subject(s) in school: Biology, pyschology, anatomy and physiology, and film studies
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Post-secondary education plans: Amira plans to take a gap year and then attend New York University in Shanghai
Career goal: Geneticist, biologist, anthropologist, or astronomer

Space Camp Scholarship Winner Michael MontanaName: Michael Montana
Age: 17
Location: Oregon
Favorite subject(s) in school: Computer science, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and environmental sciences
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school computer science, astronomy, and robotics
Post-secondary education plans: Michael plans on pursuing his love for science through college and internships
Career goal: Astronaut

Name: Kristina Nghiem
Age: 15
Location: California
Favorite subject(s) in school: Science
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school Robotics Club with First LEGO League
Post-secondary education plans: Kristina plans to attend UC San Diego with the Chancellor’s Associate Scholars Program
Career goal: Biomedical Engineer

Name: Pascal Osei
Age: 15
Location: New Jersey
Favorite subject(s) in school: History
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Science fairs and extra curriculum presentations
Post-secondary education plans: Pascal hopes to be accepted into an ivy league college, graduate early, and pursue law or journalism
Career goal: Lawyer

Name: Emely Rodriguez Ramirez
Age: 15
Location: California
Favorite subject(s) in school: Math and English
Best STEAM/Learning experience: After school program called Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI)
Post-secondary education plans: Emely plans to pursue a degree in aeronautical or aerospace engineering and a minor in Chicano studies
Career goal: Engineer

Name: Roberto Vasquez
Age: 17
Location: District of Columbia
Favorite subject(s) in school: Math and science
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Latino American Youth Council program
Post-secondary education plans: Roberto wants to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering
Career goal: Aerospace Engineer

Name: Nadia Villegas
Age: 16
Location: California
Favorite subject(s) in school: Math and science
Best STEAM/Learning experience: High school debate team and the Planetary Society
Post-secondary education plans: Nadia plans to attend UCLA and earn a degree in astronomy and astrophysics
Career goal: Astronaut

Name: Kyle Villota
Age: 17
Location: Florida
Favorite subject(s) in school: Math, science, and orchestra
Best STEAM/Learning experience: FIRST competitions and orchestral activities
Post-secondary education plans: Kyle plans to earn a degree in aerospace engineering or nuclear engineering
Career goal: Engineer

Name: Alyssa Young
Age: 15
Location: Washington
Favorite subject(s) in school: Fine art classes and English
Best STEAM/Learning experience: Math Science Leadership program at the University of Washington Tacoma
Post-secondary education plans: Alyssa plans to earn an associate’s degree
Career goal: Actor and artist

Discussion

  1. Kyle Villota,

    I am so very, very proud of you and wish you continued success in all your endeavors. Never in my life have I known anyone with the such potential for great success.

    Congratulations, Kyle, on this accomplishment of being one of the outstanding student winners of a 2018 TMG Space Camp Scholarship.

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