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UT Austin Student Wins Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship

June 7, 2017

James “Jamie” Sullivan, a UT Austin senior majoring in mathematics, physics and astronomy, has been selected by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2017-18 academic school year.

The Astronaut Scholarship is a national award that is given to outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and natural or applied sciences who demonstrate exemplary academic performance, ingenuity and unique aptitude for research.

“It is students like Jamie who are striving to change the world, that make UT Austin great,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “I commend him for this well-deserved recognition, and am proud to have him as a student at UT.”

As a part of this honor Jamie will receive:

  • Up to $10,000 award
  • Expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the Innovators Gala featuring the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence
  • Mentoring by a scholar alumni, C-suite executive or astronaut
  • Opportunity to participate in the Professional Development Program sponsored by RBC
  • Opportunity to participate in Foundation events
  • Membership in the Astronaut Scholar Honor Society

Six UT Austin students submitted applications for the award, of which the UT Austin faculty committee selected two to send to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for consideration.

Candidates for the scholarship must exhibit leadership, imagination and exceptional performance in STEM fields. Since its inception, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to more than 400 of the nation’s top scholars.

To learn more about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and how to apply, readers can visit: