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The Space Club is devoted to fostering excellence in space activity through interaction between industry and government, and through a continuing program of educational support. The National Space Club & Foundation Keynote Scholarship was created in 2012 and is provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with the intention to pursue a career in STEM fields. Applicants were required to complete an online application and submit a video on why he or she is inspired by space, with finalists undergoing live remarks and interviews. In addition to serving as the dinner keynote speaker at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner, the winner receives a $10,000 scholarship. We look forward to honoring both Yash Kadadi and Helen Buchanan at the Goddard Memorial Dinner on September 17, 2021.
The 2021 Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner Keynote Speaker
2021 Winner: Yash Kadadi
The National Space Club & Foundation proudly announces after a nation-wide search that Mr. Yash Kadadi has won the National Space Club & Foundation Keynote Scholarship, securing his role as the keynote speaker during the Club’s 64th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.
Mr. Kadadi is a high-school senior at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, GA. He is an active researcher in space weather forecasting technology at NASA Johnson Space Center and has a deep, lifelong passion for space exploration. His project, SWIFT (Space Weather Imaging + Forecasting Tool), is a next-generation machine learning model that analyzes solar magnetograms and forecasts deadly solar weather (such as solar flares) that threaten both astronauts and modern infrastructure. Currently, he is working on integrating his code with NASA’s operational toolkit for the Artemis Moon missions as well as future Mars missions. His research has made him a Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Top 300 Scholar, a Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist, and a Davidson Fellows Scholarship Honorable Mention. Outside of his research, he is the Vice President of Business and STEM Outreach on his school’s robotics team, The WiredCats, where he spearheads outreach and sustainability initiatives in his community. He also leads his school’s Discovery outdoors program and award-winning filmmaking club (StudioW). Studying Computer Science in college, he wants to explore how software can intertwine with aerospace engineering, astrophysics, and math to uncover the universe’s deepest mysteries. He sees himself founding his own aerospace company one day to help colonize the Moon, Mars, and the solar system.
The 2020 Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner Keynote Speaker
2020 Winner: Helen Buchanan
The National Space Club & Foundation proudly announces after a nation-wide search that Ms. Helen Buchanan has won the National Space Club & Foundation Keynote Scholarship, securing her role as the keynote speaker during the Club’s 63rd Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, The 2020 Goddard Dinner was canceled. Helen will be honored in person at the 2021 Goddard Memorial Dinner.
Ms. Buchanan is now a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Planetary Science. Growing up she had her head in the stars and her feet on the earth, being fascinated by both rocks and space. Her passion for science was fueled by homeschooling where she had the opportunity to travel to national parks to learn about the local geology and observe the night sky. She found new interests in high school that helped develop her leadership skills; including teaching ballet to teens and pre-schoolers. She was active in Girl Scouts and 4-H, serving as 4-H president her final year. Among her achievements, she earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, for a project she developed that taught children the importance of honeybees.
After completing all the science courses that were offered at her High School, she re-discovered her love for rocks and space through a community college astronomy class that inspired her to pursue her past dreams of Planetary Science. As a freshman at UC Berkeley, she joined her department’s Geology club, attended her first American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco, and was invited to pursue research in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. She dreams of being an astronaut and of sharing her love of rocks and space with new generations in hopes of inspiring them to preserve this tiny blue dot we live on.
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About the National Space Club & Foundation
The National Space Club and Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to fostering excellence in space activity through interaction between industry and government, and through a continuing program of educational support. Awards are offered to recognize significant achievements in space science and enterprise. Scholarships and other education support are a major focus of Club activity.
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