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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
September 21, 2009
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Communications Director

AUSTIN, TX — Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. invites South Texas high school students to apply for the 2009-2010 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program.

"I strongly encourage our high schoolers interested in the aerospace program who meet the proper requirements to apply for the HAS program," said Sen. Lucio. "This is a fantastic opportunity for our South Texas students to participate in a program that can help them set goals for future careers as NASA scientists and engineers."

HAS will enable selected Texas students to explore and become a part of NASA's plan for space exploration to send humans back to the moon, on to Mars and beyond.

Students selected will utilize their math and science skills to complete 10 Web-based assignments during the school year. They will then travel to Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston during the summer and use the same skills to help investigate options for sending humans to Mars alongside their peers, NASA scientists and engineers.

Eligible students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Texas resident
  • Current high school junior
  • Interest in science, math or engineering
  • Able to commit to a relationship with JSC, including a one-week residential experience during the summer
  • Access to the Internet and e-mail (home, school or public library).

The state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed the High School Aerospace Scholars in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Additional partners include the Houston System and Rotary USA. More than 2,000 students from across Texas have participated in the program.

"Our parents and teachers should make a diligent effort to encourage their students to participate in the NAS program, where they can begin to prepare for future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the field of space exploration," added Sen. Lucio. "The talents and capabilities of students in our area should be highly represented in this program."

High school juniors interested in applying for the 2009-2010 should visit the website: