The Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund has placed a temporary hold on new applications at this time due to complications in obtaining necessary application materials such as transcripts. This hold will be reevaluated following the conclusion of federal social distancing guidelines.
The fund was incorporated in the State of New York on October 15, 2010. The Internal Revenue Service recognized the fund as a "public charity" entitled to tax exempt status under section 501c3 of the tax code as of May 19, 2011.
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to students interested in gaining employment in the planetarium field as professionals. These scholarships are open to all United States citizens or legal residents attending accredited educational institutions in the United States or possessions.
The goal of the Fund is to increase professional preparation for those entering the planetarium field, to enhance its status with the general public, and to increase respect among all those working anywhere in astronomy.
The scholarship application is available by clicking on it at the top of this page. You may also leave a message asking for a scholarship application to be emailed or snail mailed to you. The March 2011 issue of The Planetarian, page 24, quarterly journal of the International Planetarium Society, Vol. 40 Number 1, has a lengthy article about the Fund.
Scholarships range in value from $500 to $5000, and may be renewed on an annual basis. Grantees also receive a free one year membership in the International Planetarium Society (IPS) and their local regional planetarium association.
It is strongly advised that those wishing to enter the field professionally also check out the course recommendations section.
New York State Registration Number 43-01-55.
One of our scholarship recipients is aiding the nation of Kenya in installing its first planetarium and training a staff to run it.
Please note that the Fund's website will be fully refurbished in the upcoming months.