The Annual AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Engineering Scholarships have been awarded since 2002. The scholarships are intended to promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue related engineering or science degrees.  Scholarship information and applications are available early-to-mid-Spring, and applications are due by April 30. To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior living within the Greater Huntsville Section area, entering an accredited university in the Greater Huntsville Section area, and pursuing an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in aeronautics or astronautics. The scholarships have been funded by contributions and by the proceeds of seminars and symposia that the Section has sponsored or cosponsored, and an endowment has been established to aid in supporting these scholarships.

Robert L. Sackheim Engineering, Science, & Math Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship is given in memory of Bob Sackheim, an industry giant and a former AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Chair.  The Sackheim Scholarship promotes careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue a related engineering or science degree.

The 2024 Sackheim Scholarship was awarded to Zachary Osborne

Zachary Osborne, a 2024 graduate of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama, has maintained a 4.21 GPA while participating in his school’s Archery Team, Math Team, and Scholars’ Bowl team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, MENSA, Beta Club, and AIAA. He was on the winning team of Higher Orbit’s “Go for Launch! Alabama” challenge in 2022. His volunteer work has included assisting at the AIAA GHS STEAMfest booth as well as special events at Early Works’ Children’s Museum. During his time in high school, Mr. Osborne completed internships at Firia Labs and COLSA. He will attend Mississippi State University in the fall, where he’s been accepted into the Shackouls Honors College. He will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering to prepare himself for a career in the aerospace industry.

Congratulations to Mr. Osborne! We wish him great success in his studies at Mississippi State!