NASA scholars program picks SPC student out of 5,000 applicants
April 29, 2022
A highly competitive NASA program has selected St. Philip’s College Psychology Pre-Major, Richard Garcia, for its next NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) cohort. NCAS builds a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging two-year degree-seeking students in authentic learning experiences. It opens doors for 2-year community college students seeking a STEM degree by offering three unique experiences. Scholars get a closer look at NASA’s unique missions and research and learn how to develop their talents, interests, and passion to become future STEM professionals by participating in one of three missions. The program drew more than 5,000 applicants nationwide.
“It is a great honor to know that I will have the opportunity to mingle and network with students and some of the best STEM professionals in the world,” said Richard.
This Fall, Richard will transfer to either the University of the Incarnate Word or Texas Lutheran University to pursue a career in pharmacy. He will serve as the Spring 2022 Commencement speaker on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Richard is currently member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, president of Future United Latinos for Change, vice president of Active Minds, and member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is also a Presidential Scholar (2021) and recipient of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success Scholarship (2022). He has recently received admission to the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Project Engage Pharmacy Program (PEPP) camp. The camp will be held this summer on the university grounds.