Rep. White Announces Start of 2017-2018 High School Aerospace Scholars Project


(Austin, TX) – State Representative James White is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017-2018 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project. HAS enables selected Texas high school juniors to explore new frontiers and become a part of NASA’s plan for space exploration.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, current high school juniors who are interested in science, math, or engineering, and able to commit to the six-month online course and a one-week residential experience during the summer. The six-month online course will require students to have access to internet and e-mail (home, school, or public library).

Selected students will apply their math and science skills to complete online assignments during the school year. Those who score high enough will have the opportunity to travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will implement what they have learned during the course. With the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers, students will design a mission to Mars and take part in hands-on engineering challenges.

“Math and science are integral to educating our young Texans to compete in a 21st century hitech global economy and ensuring our economic freedom in Texas. This program will help students participate in a program that will expand their scope and potentially lead them to careers in science, technology, and engineering. As a former public school classroom teacher, I urge educators to encourage their students to apply and participate in this outstanding program,” said Rep. White.

Students interested in applying for the 2016-2017 project can email, visit, or call 281-483-4112.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, or Shawn Dunn, District Director, with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.


Rep. James White
Rep. James White
James White is a Texas State Representative for Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties. He graduated with a doctorate in political science from the University of Houston. White served in the U.S. Army and worked as a public school educator and coach before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During his time as a Representative, White has worked on issues such as taxes, school funding, mental health, and more. He maintains a cattle ranch in Tyler County, attends Hillister Baptist Church, and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Texas Farm Bureau.

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