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High School Scholarship Program

Are you a high school student who is interested in a career in space? Have you already taken steps to pursue that career? Would you benefit from spending three days networking and brainstorming with the most forward-thinking space industry entrepreneurs and innovators from across the globe? If so, the Inter Astra Retreat 2023 is the perfect opportunity for you.

Sunday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Salamander Resort & Spa | Middleburg, VA

Application Deadline: September 8, 2023


IAR is an exclusive three-day leadership symposium for the Business of Space, convening the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and creatives alongside leading space experts to open a new chapter for discovery, partnership, and collaboration. Inter Astra brings together over 100 thought leaders representing a diverse, international spectrum of traditional and emergent sectors to explore actionable solutions and foster new partnerships through collaborative discussions.


Students attending Inter Astra Retreat will join group discussions with industry leaders on the most pressing issues in the developing space economy. They will personally connect with experts from across the world, and gain exposure to a wide variety of actors and organizations. At Inter Astra Retreat, students learn the latest in space-related topics, refine their post-secondary educational goals, and connect with professional development opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a space leader, Inter Astra is an incredible opportunity to connect with the most cutting-edge innovators in this quickly evolving landscape.


The previous Inter Astra Retreat drew over 100 organizations from the government, private, academic, and non-profit sectors, including: The Aerospace Corporation; Astroscale; Blue Marble Space; California Institute of Technology; D-Orbit; Google; ICON Technology; The JustSpace Alliance; Microsoft; MIT Media Lab; NASA; Northrop Grumman; US Department of the Air Force; Slingshot Aerospace; Space in Africa; SpaceX; Tomorrow.IO; Union of Concerned Scientists; US Department of Health and Human Services; Viasat; Virgin Galactic; The Wilson Center; World Economic Forum; World Geospatial Industry Council; X, the moonshot factory; Xplore.


Unlike a typical conference, the Inter Astra Retreat program is oriented around carefully crafted small discussion groups. Previous topics include:

  • Science Fiction to Fact

  • The New Players: 2-10 Year Market Outlook

  • Space Hacks: Loopholes, Leapfrogs & Slingshots

  • Mission: Moon to Mars

  • The Future of Conflict: Orbit Warfare & Beyond

  • Scared of the Dark: Reimagining Risk

  • New Frontiers for Human Organization

  • Space Governance: Who Gets A Vote?


ARRIVAL DAY | November 5

• Afternoon Recreation

• Welcome Reception & Dinner Discussion

DAY ONE | November 6 

• Breakout Sessions I & II

• Lunch Discussion

• Satellite Sessions & Afternoon Recreation

• Reception & Dinner Discussion

DAY TWO | November 7

• Breakout Session III & IV

• Panel

• Final Lunch Discussion

• Satellite Sessions & Afternoon Recreation

• Inter Astra Party

DEPARTURE DAY | November 8  

• Breakfast & Departures


Scholarships: Student scholarships cover:


• 3-night stay at the Salamander Resort & Spa for student and chaperone (shared room)   Check-in November 5,      2023 | Check-out November 8, 2023

• All food and beverage, programming, and recreational activities


• Transportation between DC airports and the Salamander Resort


Please note:     

- Flights to and from the DC area are the participant's responsibility.     

- Students must be accompanied by a chaperone. There is a $250 fee to cover chaperone room & board.


We are looking for remarkable students who have a strong interest in a career in the space industry. To be considered, please complete this form. The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST on September 8, 2023. Selections will be announced by September 21, 2023.


Interview with 2022 Student Participant Michael Tyler Glymph

How was your experience at Inter Astra / what was Inter Astra like?

"My experience at Inter Astra was amazing, I was able to meet and interact with people from various sectors of the space field and get to learn from them what it takes to not only be successful in this field, but how to lead the way for others interested in the field as well."

Michael -

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