Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama




Get Ready to Take Your Giant Leap!

Space Academy® for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) is a program funded by the State of Alabama Legislature that awards a male and female student between the ages of 12 to 14 from every legislative district in Alabama a scholarship to attend a special session of Space Academy® at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Since 1982, Space Camp® has inspired more than 750,000 young men and women from around the world to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while exposing them to the leadership and teamwork skills that helped them succeed in their careers. To learn more about Space Academy, please visit:

During their weeklong Space Academy® program, students will learn the history of the space program, learn to work together as a team to solve complex problems using STEM concepts and critical thinking, learn to train like an astronaut using authentic simulators, and embark on their own simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars. This life-changing experience inspires students to get engaged in mathematics and science, while exposing them to career paths in the aerospace industry and beyond where these STEM and 21st century learning skills are used.

To be eligible for a SALSA scholarship, students must apply using the application link below, must be 12-14 years of age in July 2024, must be Alabama residents, and must not have been awarded a SALSA scholarship previously. Applications will be accepted November 7, 2023 – March 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm.  The application must be completed in ONE session, so please gather the following before beginning:


  • Student name, address and age
  • Parent/ legal guardian name, address, phone number and email
  • Download and complete this school verification form (You will upload a picture or scanned copy of this completed form)
  • School name and address
  • Determine your choice of camp dates: July 14-19, 2024 OR July 21-26, 2024
  • Type your answer to the essay question to copy and paste in the form
    • Essay question: Please tell us in 200-300 words what you hope to learn by attending SALSA.

When you have all of your information gathered, you are ready to complete the application! Applications will be accepted November 7, 2023 – March 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm



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