The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation yesterday announced an agreement to provide two UCF students a $10,000 scholarship every year for five years.

The scholarships are annually renewable and apply to students enrolled in the Burnett Honors College, the College of Engineering & Computer Sciences and the College of Sciences, according to a press release.

Candidates must be nominated by their professors and "must exhibit leadership, imagination and exceptional performance in science, technology, engineering and math."

Students who are selected for the scholarships are paired to work and study directly under astronaut mentors.

"The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has opened doors through connections in ways I could not have imagined a few years ago," according to Richard Murdock, a mechanical engineering major and a 2013-2014 scholarship recipient, on a flier for the foundation. "Being supported financially through school with the scholarship and having the opportunity to meet leaders in the STEM fields have been invaluable experiences for me, enabling me to reach my full potential as a scientist-in-training."

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