The John Kelley Texas Amateur

Astronomer's Scholarship (JKTAAS)

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”

                                    - Plato

In February of 2009,  Texas Amateur Astronomers' Scholarship fund (TAAS) was established with the goal of raising $25,000 by February, 2015, to endow an annual undergraduate scholarship in the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas.  It offers an annual scholarship starting at about $1,250.00, to be awarded to a deserving undergraduate astronomy major student. As the fund grows, so will the amount awarded each year.  The fund will continue to award these scholarships in perpetuity.

The Scholarship reached initial endowment on February 18th, 2015, and became The John Kelley - Texas Amateur Astronomers Scholarship, in honor of SALSA member John Leo Kelley Jr., who passed away in late 2014.

The JKTAAS scholarship bears a name reflecting the passion that amateur astronomers and astronomy clubs across the great State of Texas all share. There is strength in numbers, and there are thousands of amateur astronomers across this state.  By pooling our efforts, we reached the initial goal without breaking a sweat! The scholarship belongs to all Texans who love the night sky.  You can take pride in knowing that your individual or club donation helps defray the cost of a first-class education for a deserving student.  This is the best way I can think of for amateurs to have a positive effect on the future of astronomy.  The Astronomy Program at the University of Texas is a world-class program, supported by an equally world-class research facility, McDonald Observatory.  What better place to focus a scholarship fund?

The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving astronomy student, male or female.  The successful candidate must be a legal resident of the United States, may be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, and may receive the scholarship more than once.  The UT Astronomy Department Faculty will decide which student receives the scholarship each year. McDonald Observatory Director Taft Armandroff and his predecessor David Lambert, are pleased and honored to have Texas amateur astronomers providing such important support. 

Please donate whatever you can to JKTAAS individually, or as a club.  You may do so by filling out the donation form, attaching your check, and sending it in. 

The address is:

The University of Texas at Austin

2515 Speedway, Stop C1402

Austin, TX 78712

Your donation is tax deductible.  There are many ways to donate.  If you are interested in making monthly, quarterly, or annual automatic donations, contact me, and we can set it up.  If you would like to make a memorial donation in the name of a deceased  friend or family member, we can do that, too.  You can even make a donation by credit card.  Finally, you may be able to double your money through matching-fund donations in cooperation with your employer.

Thank You, From Our Entire SALSA  Family