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Time for students to apply to camp among the stars

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- This summer, some lucky students will get a chance to camp among the stars.

The Air, Space and Missile Defense Association is offering 10 scholarships for selected children to attend a one-week long Space Camp this summer at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville July 3-8.

These scholarships are open to any military or civilian children, ages 9-11, of a parent or guardian currently assigned to U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command; Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense; Program Executive Office-Missiles and Space; Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command; U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center; Missile and Space Intelligence Center; NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; Missile Defense Agency; and those that are contractors working for corporate members of ASMDA.

"We are very excited about the opportunity we are offering the Soldiers and employees of the ASMDA community," said Angie McCarter, ASMDA president. "The ability to provide this wonderful experience to 10 young children who probably would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend is very rewarding."

The ASMDA scholarship includes one week at Space Camp, round-trip airfare and unaccompanied minor fee (if required), transportation to and from Huntsville International Airport to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (if required) and a Space Camp flight suit.

As the timeline for receiving applications and awarding the scholarships is very tight, ASMDA will not accept applications after the deadline on May 2. The goal is to notify the winners starting May 23.

Immediately following selection and acceptance, ASMDA will send an information packet and begin making flight reservations, if applicable.

Once selected by ASMDA, winners will be required to provide an attendance application, including a camp physical, to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Scholarship application forms are available on their website at

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