Program Overview

Today, Colorado boasts the nation’s largest entrepreneurial-based aerospace economy, with well over 400 employers either classified as aerospace companies or serving as suppliers to the aviation and aerospace industries. Metro Denver is ranked second among the largest metropolitan areas for aerospace industry cluster employment concentration, and first in the nation for private aerospace employment. SpaceTech Scholars, MSU Denver’s new scholarship learning community, is for students pursuing a degree in the aerospace, aeronautics, and/or engineering systems fields with the goal of becoming a technician or similar industry professional.

SpaceTech Scholars is committed to developing a pipeline for MSU Denver students into the growing Colorado aerospace industries. Within MSU Denver, it is a program dedicated to undergraduate student success, diversifying these industries from the underrepresented communities served by MSU, and engaging K-12 partners in STEM access and professional identity development. The scholarship program is federally funded by the Department of Education for Hispanic Serving Institutions of higher education and is part of MSU Denver’s broader Hispanic Serving Initiatives.

VUELO 2024

Applications for VUELO 2024 will open in 2024 and close in May. Please fill out our interest form to be contacted.

Interest Form

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) is designed to expose a diverse group of students to the vast breadth of opportunities within the field of aerospace.

Click here to apply for Fall 2024

Involvement Opportunities

SpaceTech Scholars has programmatic elements for our K-12 community and undergraduate MSU Denver students.

Click below to learn more!

Scholarship FAQs

FAQs for non-US Citizens


Meet our SpaceTech Team

Roberto De Mata

Roberto De Mata, M.A.

Project Manager

Grant & Program Oversight | Undergraduate Success Coach

[email protected]
Lisa Ratliff, M.Ed.

Lisa Ratliff, M.Ed.

Outreach Coordinator

K-12 Outreach & STEM Collaboration | Undergraduate Success Coach

[email protected]

Eddie Calderon

Peer Mentor

Peer mentor for all First Year Experience Students

[email protected]

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