Space Foundation Offers Unique Scholarship for Hawaiian Educators

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Educators of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry or who work with pre-K-12 students of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry have an extraordinary opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs for free to learn how to use space themes in the classroom.

Each year, the Space Foundation provides professional development opportunities for a qualified Hawaiian educator through the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, travel expenses and lodging for the recipient to travel to Colorado Springs and participate in one of the Space Foundation’s week-long Space Across the Curriculum courses.

These intensive week-long graduate-level summer courses for PreK-12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. All courses are hands-on and focus on national standards and STEM principles. Although the underlying concentration is on STEM, the courses are structured to adapt lessons to all grade levels and all curriculum areas. Participants do not need to be science or math teachers, and public, private and homeschool teachers are welcome.

Typically, one Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually. The next recipient will attend classes during the summer of 2013, and the application deadline is March 1, 2013.

Read more about this and other Space Foundation scholarships here.

2012 Recipient

In 2012, an English teacher with an interest in writing, science and science fiction was awarded the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship. M. Thomas Gammarino, Ph.D. (pictured, above right), teaches at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, and he chose to attend the Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction course. Gammarino is also author of the novels Jellyfish Dreams and Big in Japan: A Ghost Story.

Scholarship Honors Space Foundation CEO’s Grandmother

Established in 2005 and funded by Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham and his wife, Cynthia A. Pulham, the scholarship honors the memory of Elliot’s grandmother, Lucy Enos (pictured, left), who was born in Pahala, Hawai’i, in 1898. Enos’ father was a Scottish immigrant and her mother, Keali’iholokahiki, was a native Hawaiian. Enos died in Hilo, Hawai’i, in 1976.

Application Details

Apply by submitting a letter, not exceeding two pages, detailing the motivation for applying, interest in space themes in the classroom and what you hope to gain from the experience. The application letter must be endorsed with a letter of support by a principal or other supervisor.

Send application and letter of support by March 1, 2013, to:

Lucy Enos Scholarship
Space Foundation
4425 Arrowswest Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

The recipient will be notified in early May 2013.

This article is part of Space Watch: October 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 10).