Complete instructions to apply to VASTS are located on the Application Instructions page.
Applications will be due October 25, 2020 by 11:55PM. Please contact Mr. Ian Cawthray (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions regarding the application.
Yes, all applicants must be residents of Virginia.
You need to be a U.S. resident or citizen to participate in the online course. You MUST be a U.S. citizen to attend a Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center.
No Transcripts are required to apply to this program. Your application will ask you for the contact information for your Guidance Counselor, who will submit the following information on your behalf:
Yes, all applicants must be current high school juniors or seniors at the time of application.
We receive state funding that was voted upon by the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate. Congress votes on NASA funding, and this is a NASA program. Making these legislators aware of the VASTS program by requesting their nomination helps to sustain the funding of this program.
This is not required. They can simply upload the text of their letter. However, they can add their electronic signature OR provide their signature, scan, and save the letter as a .pdf to upload into the application system. Any of the options above will suffice.
While it is not required to enroll for College Credit in VASTS, we encourage students to choose to receive the college credits from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) as part of their online course participation. A student can’t be registered for MEC-195 without first being enrolled in the VASTS online program. The college is a separate entity from the VASTS program, so all transcript requests must be made directly to TNCC. See the TNCC Transcript Request page for details – note that you will only have a TNCC transcript available if you successfully register for the optional college credit.
Dual enrollment means you are enrolled in high school and a college course at the same time. VASTS does not have a formal agreement in place with every school division in the state to provide high school credit as well. Therefore, you will need to talk with your guidance counselor to determine if the VASTS online course meets any of your school division’s requirements for a science or elective course. It is up to you to talk to your counselor, and many schools need this process to start immediately upon your application to the program in order for you to receive high school credit.
This is a multi-step process.
You will be notified of your acceptance by email on or before November 6, 2020. There are a number of requirements set forth to begin this course in this message. If you complete all of the requirements detailed after you receive your conditional notification, you can consider yourself accepted. The actual course material will be released Monday, November 30, 2020,through the online course system.
The counselor will only confirm your GPA being above 2.7, otherwise we do not factor GPA into the admissions process for this program. Note: Students who apply for the OPTIONAL college credit may have higher GPA requirements and may need to submit a transcript to TNCC.