Jesse C. King Space Physics Scholarship

Awarded annually to an Embry-Riddle student majoring in Space Physics. The scholarship gives the awardee $500 per semester during one academic year to be applied toward educational expenses.

Eligible students are preselected and sent an "Invitation to Apply." To be considered, each candidate must then submit an essay expressing their passion for space physics and their aspirations for contributing to the field.

The recipient is determined by a selection committee, and individual students may receive the award more than once. Interested Space Physics students should send inquiries to Financial Aid or speak with Dr. Jason Aufdenberg.

If you would like to contribute to the Jesse C. King Space Physics Scholarship, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-362-9285.

The scholarship is named after and in memory of ERAU alumnus Jesse Craig King Jr. (B.S. Aerospace Studies, 2003). Jesse's childhood education was marked by watching the Challenger lift off on television in January 1986. The astronauts on that tragic flight became heroes to him, and afterward his family traveled to visit aerospace destinations like Kennedy Space Center and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

In his physics classes at Embry-Riddle, Jesse's interest in aviation and space soared to the next level. After Jesse's untimely death on March 22, 2012, it was his passion for physics that led his parents, Craig and Tanya King, to establish a memorial scholarship fund to aid students studying Space Physics on the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus. 

  • 2014-2015: Maurice Wilson
  • 2013-2014: Tyler Parsotan
  • 2012-2013: Aaron Webster

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