Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Observatory be open?

Observatory Open Houses are held every Friday evening, weather permitting. Sometimes we have a run of bad weather, but when clear skies return, so do our open houses. Please visit the Observatory page for more information.

What are the eligibility requirements for MDSGC Scholarship support?

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens applying to or enrolled as full-time students at one of the following Maryland-based colleges or universities:

  • Capitol Technology University
  • Hagerstown Community College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Morgan State University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average to remain eligible and should be pursuing a major relevant to space science or engineering or NASA’s future workforce needs. See the Scholarship page for more information.

Who can propose for MDSGC funding?

Any Maryland based individual or organization with a project that is related to MDSGC’s NASA-aligned mission of supporting hands-on education experiences for students, professional development for educators, or public events to foster interest in space or STEM topics. See the Propose a Program page for more information. One restriction is that MDSGC can only award scholarships or internships to U.S. citizens.

When are proposals considered and how long does it take?

Proposals are accepted year round on a rolling basis. The interval between proposal submission and the availability of funds, subject to approval, is generally about two months.

Other questions?

Email the Deputy Director and ask!