Morgan State University (MSU) has established a Rocketry Program funded by a grant from Base 11. Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development acceleration company focused on solving the STEM talent pipeline crisis that is being fueled by the underrepresentation of women and minorities.
The Base11 HBCU Rocketry Competitions' intent is to equip at least one HBCU with a robust, long-term rocketry program. This will enable them to work and provide the Commercial Aerospace industry with the talent it will need in the near future
In that regard, Morgan has a long-term commitment to build an Aeronautical Engineering Program that will memorialize and amplify Base 11's initial $1.6M investment. To this end, we have already established a four article Memorandum of Cooperation with Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This will support us in accomplishing our launch commitments as well as assisting us in the establishment of an Aerospace Engineering Program at Morgan.
Morgan State University has also been invited to be a university partner and participate in the 2020 Astronaut Scholarship Program. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship program mission is "to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation by supporting the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) while commemorating the legacy of America's pioneering astronauts". This partnership is significant because Morgan State is one of only two HBCU's to be invited to join.