Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS), 2018
STEM Takes Flight, A NASA Research Experience, 2018


Visit the Pathways Flight Academies website today!

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research. Learn more about VSGC here.

Internships: The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) offers year-round internships for Virginia undergraduates in STEM fields. Register today!


For Virginia Community College Students, STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences information can be found here.


Scholarships: Visit our scholarships and fellowships page for more information.


High School Programs: Application deadline is November 11, 2018 for VASTS, VESSS and Virginia Space Coast Scholars.


BLAST will open for applications in November 2018.

Do you have dreams of one day becoming a commercial airline pilot and traveling the world? The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Liberty University, Averett University and the Virginia Department of Aviation, is offering flight academies at no cost for high school students statewide.


The Pathways Flight Academies will immerse students in learning to fly while discovering the range of exciting aviation career opportunities available. Four, two-week residential academies will be offered during the summer of 2019 for selected students who have shown an interest in and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), and have career aspirations to become a pilot. Students admitted to this intensive program will undertake ground school and flight training that can culminate in their first solo flight at the end of the academy!


Read the press release here.

Mauricio Perez-Oviedo

NAME: Mauricio Perez-Oviedo




YEAR: 2017


ABOUT: Mauricio Perez-Oviedo, a former student at Northern Virginia Community College spent the summer of 2017 doing research at NASA Langley’s Research Directorate, Advance Materials and Processing Branch through the STEM Takes Flight program.


Read more about what Perez-Oviedo is currently doing here.



Million in Scholarships Awarded in Virginia


Students in Pre-College Programs in 10 years


Middle School STEM students impacted


VASTS alumni from 72 schools

History of the Virginia Space
Grant Consortium

In 1987, a joint congressional study panel met to address a number of issues facing the aerospace industry and the Nation, among them a looming shortage of workers prepared for a high tech workforce and a decline in scholastic achievement, especially in the disciplines of math and science.  Congress was also concerned with building research infrastructure at our Nation’s institutions of higher education.  Congress passed legislation in 1988 which established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium received its designation from NASA in 1989. You can visit NASA’s National Space Grant website here.

Dr. Timothy Sands, Chair
President, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
Dr. John Broderick
President, Old Dominion University
Mr. Pete Jobse
President, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology
Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan
President, University of Virginia
Dr. William R. Harvey
President, Hampton University

Dr. W. Taylor Reveley III 
President, College of William and Mary

Dr. Glenn DuBois
Chancellor, Virginia Community College System

Dr. Peter Blake 
Interim Director, State Council of Higher Education

The VSGC advisory council includes representatives from each member institution who serve as the liaison for their respective institution. Members include Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, University of Virginia, Hampton University, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Air and Space Center, Science Museum of Virginia, ODU Research Foundation, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, NASA Langley Research Center, MathScience Innovation Center and Center for Innovative Technology.

For the full list, click here.

Our Strategic Plan

Mission Statement: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing quality aerospace-related, high technology, educational, workforce development and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth.


Vision: To serve as a catalyst for, and partner in, the enhancement of aerospace-related and high technology education, workforce development and research in the Commonwealth to foster enhanced quality of life for Virginia through workforce development and increased public science literacy.