Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Base 11 Awards Morgan State with $1.6M Grant for Student Rocketry Team

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Base 11 Awards Morgan State with $1.6M Grant for Student Rocketry Team

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The nonprofit organization Base 11 has announced it has given Morgan State University a three-year, $1.6 million Aerospace Workforce and Leadership Development Grant that will support Morgan State's rocketry lab and establish a student rocketry team.

The commercial space industry is predicted to become a $2.7 trillion economic sector in the next three decades, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. However, the space industry is currently finding it difficult to recruit a diverse workforce.

African-Americans make up only 5 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to the National Science Foundation. "We want to ensure that the next generation of space innovators is just as diverse as America," says former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin. "I am excited to see this generation of students getting critical hands-on experience in rocket technology, and I encourage Morgan State's students to seize this incredible opportunity to reach for the stars. …

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