I studied under the founder of this scholarship, and he was one of the best prepared, knowledgable, and amusing professors I had. Anyone who gets a scholarship he promotes is carrying on a great tradition.
One of my teachers got this scholarship as an undergraduate, and told all her classes that if they wanted to work in the planetarium field, having this scholarship not only provided needed money, but also was a prestigious boost for job hunting.
This organization helped fund my education and increased my recognition in the planetarium community. They were very helpful in telling me certain critiques they had of my application and they also expressed concern and guidance for me during my planetarium's closing. I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated my experience with this organization!
I am incredibly grateful to the Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund. Not only was the scholarship helpful in paying towards my studies, but Thomas Wm. Hamilton helped publicize my project to bring the first planetarium to East Africa. He even kindly donated some of his wonderful astronomy books for me to share with the astronomy teachers operating this project in Kenya.
I feel this is more than just a scholarship, it is a community.
This fund is the result of a single person leaving a sizable bequest for a narrow niche of students, those wishing to pursue a career in the field of planetarium education. This is the only scholarship fund available for this specific purpose, so it serves a vital need. It is thusly the only scholarship directed exclusively to help prepare those who will educate both public and school students (preschool - college) for the space age disciplines of space science and astronomy. The fund has no expenses besides the actual scholarships (and a few legal charges and fees for required reporting). The administration of the fund and scholarship review are all done on a volunteer basis. The income for the scholarships is derived exclusively from the interest, dividends and capital gains earned by the fund; the principal is preserved.
This fund is the only such source of scholarships in what is a small but highly visible field. Scholarship recipients who secure jobs in the planetarium field may be the primary local source for credible information on events in space science and astronomy, the go-to person for local media.
The fund has an all volunteer board, no expenses beyond an annual audit and required document fees, and all scholarships grants are derived from the interest, dividends, and capital appreciation of the assets held in the fund. The principal remains untouched.
Top notch, first class nonprofit run by very committed people.
Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund is the great way to motivate student workers who are seeking future carrier in the planetarium field. There are not many funding opportunities in this field. Therefore, the Hamilton Planetarium Scholarships has been making significant contributions for recruiting and motivating space science educators.
Provides scholarships from $1K to $3.5K for students interested in entering the planetarium field as professionals. With over 3000 planetariums in the USA there is a serious need to upgrade the professionalism in people working in this field. The Fund also advises on courses to be taken and various technical matters in the field.
Past recipients have been responsible for building the first planetarium in Kenya, and are working in planetariums in Texas, Ohio, Florida, New York, etc.
In addition to the cash award, recipients get copies of four astronomy books written by the founder of the scholarship useful to those writing new planetarium shows.