Virgin Galactic’s New BLAST Scholarship Aims to Help Black Scholars Carve Out Careers in Aerospace
By Bryan Hood
February 23, 2021
On Tuesday, the world’s first commercial spaceline announced the first group of college students to be awarded scholarships as part of its Galactic Unite Black Leaders in Aerospace Scholarship and Training (BLAST) program. The prize, which includes up to three years of funding, is intended to help position each recipient to continue in the field even after their studies are complete.
BLAST is a scholarship, mentoring and fellowship program focused on providing aid and guidance for Black scholars pursuing a STEM degree with a focus on aerospace, according to a press release. The initiative—which also gets funding from Virgin Orbit, Virgin Hyperloop, Planet and AEye—awards each student $5,000 in scholarship funding, which is renewable for three years up to a total of $15,000.