The Mount Laguna Observatory Associates Scholarship application period has been moved to the spring semester. Applications are accepted through May. The Mount Laguna Observatory Associates Scholarship is open to SDSU Astronomy Undergraduate Majors in good academic standing with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.70 who have completed a minimum of 24 units of coursework, which includes at least one semester of required courses at SDSU. Applicants cannot have completed both Physics 197 and Math 252 (or their equivalents if a transfer student); however, they may be taking these courses at the time of their application.
The Mount Laguna Observatory Associates Scholarship is competitive in nature and based solely upon scholastic achievement. Important measures of scholastic achievement are GPA, level of difficulty for completed science courses, timely pace toward program completion, and directed research activities in astronomy. Applicants must write an essay of no more than 750 words about their interests in astronomy, their career plans, and the extent of their research activities within the SDSU Astronomy Department and at its Mount Laguna Observatory. In case of a close decision, service to the observatory will also be considered. The Mount Laguna Observatory Associates Board will approve the final selection.
The Mount Laguna Observatory Associates membership is made up of alumni and friends of the Observatory. Their membership dues have made this scholarship possible. Established in 1999, the MLOA Scholarship is a way for this support organization to foster academic excellence among our second-year students. Prior to the 2004-2005 Academic Year, awards were made in the fall semester.