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Apply Now for the Enos and Pedretty Scholarships

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Two specific scholarships for educators in Hawai’i and in Pinellas County, Fla., provide unique opportunites for the recipients to travel to Colorado Springs next summer and participate in a week-long Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum professional development course – all for free.

About the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2005 and funded by Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham and his wife, Cynthia A. Pulham, the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship is for teachers of Hawaiian or part Hawaiian descent, or who teach children of Hawaiian ancestry. The scholarship honors the memory of Elliot’s grandmother, Lucy Enos, who was born in Pahala, Hawai’i, in 1898.

About the Dr. Catherine Pedretty Space Scholarship for Teachers
The Dr. Catherine Pedretty Space Scholarship for Teachers was established by the Space Foundation in 2010 to create special professional development opportunities for teachers currently teaching in the Pinellas County Schools, and especially for teachers at Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Fla. Funding for scholarship is provided by her daughter, Janet Stevens, who is vice president – marketing and communications for the Space Foundation.

What the Scholarships Provide 
Both scholarships provide a spending allowance for the following: travel, meals, lodging expenses and full tuition and fees for the selected teacher to attend any one of the Space Foundation’s Space Across the Curriculum courses. The courses cover topics ranging from rocketry, robotics and astronomy to living and working in space and are adaptable for various grade levels. The courses help teachers use space themes in their classrooms to improve student performance in literacy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other subject areas. The teacher may elect to receive continuing education or graduate academic credit for the course; graduate credit may be applied toward one of several master’s degrees offered by Space Foundation partner universities.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a letter, not exceeding two pages, detailing the motivation for applying, interest in space themes in the classroom, what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience, how the knowledge gained will be applied in the classroom and which course he or she would like to attend. See the 2012 Space Across the Curriculum course listings here.

The application must be endorsed with a letter of support by a principal or other supervisor. Applications should be sent to:

Chrys Rheinbolt
Education Programs Administrator
Space Foundation Discovery Institute
105 Coleridge Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Applications must be received no later than April 6, 2012, and winners will be notified in May 2012.

Pictured: Robin Little, a Safety Harbor, Fla., elementary school teacher, was the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Catherine Pedretty Space Scholarship for Teachers.


This article is part of Space Watch: December 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 12).