Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for academic year 2016-2017 were announced July 7, 2016 (Heinlein’s 109th birthday). This year’s winners are Elias Anderson, Carson Butler, and Charles Hanson. The scholarship awards a $1,000 to each recipient.
Elias Anderson is a repeat winner from the previous year, and is the first multi-year winner of the scholarship. Carson Butler is the inaugural winner of the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Charles Hanson is the first winner from outside the United States. He is majoring in Mathematics at the University of Alberta.
The scholarship contest is open to residents of any country who are enrolled as full-time students at an accredited four-year university and majoring in math, engineering, the physical sciences, or science fiction as literature. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of the provided topics.
The winners were selected by a committee comprised of Pauline Bennett, Marie Guthrie, Keith Kato, Jerry Pournelle, Geo Rule, Michael Sheffield, and Betsey Wilcox.
For guidelines and more information, visit The Heinlein Society.