Two District 89 students to go to space camp free of charge

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2019

Middle-school students living in Alabama are eligible to attend a special Space Camp program free of charge. Students ages 12 to 14 may apply for Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama, or SALSA, a Space Camp program funded by the Alabama legislature. A male and female student in each Alabama legislative district will receive a scholarship to attend SALSA, which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education along with leadership skills.

“I just wanted to make parents and students aware of this program and what a unique opportunity it is for students in this legislative district to go and visit space camp anybody that wants to go into science and technology,” said Rep. Wes Allen, R – District 89.

To be eligible for SALSA, students must apply for the scholarship. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will then forward a notice of application to the members of the Alabama House of Representatives or the Alabama Senate representing the district in which the students reside. Each member will nominate two students to receive a scholarship to attend SALSA, which takes place May 26 through May 31, 2019.

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Each scholarship includes tuition, meals, and lodging for the Space Academy program. Travel to and from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are not included.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. To apply, visit To learn more, visit