MSU student from Helena over the moon about astronaut foundation scholarship


Helena’s Amanda Haab is Montana State University’s first-ever recipient of a new scholarship launched in January in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

The 20-year-old Haab, who is going into her junior year in biochemistry, has been named one of the foundation’s Astronaut Scholars in the U.S. for 2023. She was nominated by faculty, and it’s the first time the award has been given in Montana, according to Steven Davis, assistant dean of MSU’s Honors College. MSU is one of 46 universities whose students are eligible to receive the award.

“Amanda is truly deserving as she represents what we expect to be the first of many students from Montana State to join some of the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field,” Davis said in a news release.

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The scholarship is one of the nation’s largest merit-based scholarships given to college juniors and seniors studying STEM. Haab will receive up to $15,000 and is given all access to events, networking and mentoring with astronauts and scholarship alumni. She will be honored alongside around 60 other awardees at

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