Ava Depping from Madrid and Noah Gleason from Granger were recently appointed Iowa Space Grant Consortium Merit Scholars for 2021-2022.
Depping is a student at Des Moines Area Community College. She will be a final year student at Iowa State University this fall studying Mechanical Engineering. Depping is on track to graduate next May. She plans to enroll in a college for a master’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.
Gleason graduated from DMACC Boone Campus in May 2021 with a pre-engineering degree and Woodward-Granger High School in 2019. He will be studying civil engineering at Iowa State University this fall.
ISGC promotes opportunities aligned with NASA’s mission by stimulating research, education and awareness programs for Iowans.
“This is the third year that I have been awarded the Iowa Space Grant Consortium Merit Scholarship,” said Depping. “I am also a NASA Community College Aerospace Fellow after participating in the NASA NCAS program in 2018.”
The ISGC program will provide them with $ 3,400 in scholarships, with $ 1,700 applied to tuition fees in the fall and spring semesters.
“I just finished the NASA NCAS program,” Gleason said. “I was also fortunate enough to attend the Iowa State University Space Flight Operations Workshop with retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson and retired Flight Director Tomas Gonzales-Torres.”
Gleason may be considering pursuing a career at NASA.