About Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Anderson

Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Anderson was born on December 25, 1959 in Plattsburgh, New York to Barbara and Bobby Anderson, but he always considered Spokane, Washington his hometown. He graduated from Cheney High School in Cheney, Washington in 1977 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy from University of Washington in 1981. After graduation, Mr. Anderson was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In 1986, Lt. Anderson was selected to attend Pilot Training, where he could apply his skills. During this time in the Air Force, Lt. Anderson earned a Master of Science in Physics from Creighton University in 1990.

In December of 1994, Lt. Anderson was selected by NASA, and later reported to the Johnson Space Center in March of 1995. During his year of training and evaluation, Lt. Anderson qualified as a mission specialist for flight crew assignment and logged over 539 hours in space. Unfortunately, Lt. Colonel Anderson died on February 1, 2003 when the entire crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia perished during re-entry, 16 minutes prior to landing. Lt. Colonel Anderson is survived by his wife Sandra Hawkins and two daughters who now live in Houston, Texas.

Spokane’s tribute to Lt. Colonel Michael P. Anderson is an 8-foot, 600-pound bronze sculpture by Dorothy Fowler that was unveiled during a dedication ceremony on June 12, 2005. Lt. Colonel Anderson is kneeling in his space uniform with his helmet on his knee and a dove in his hand. There are three significant meanings in his pose. The kneeling position represents humility; the uplifting arm and heavenward gaze is faith; and releasing a dove of peace is inspiration.

A mantra of Lt. Colonel Michael P. Anderson was, “If you apply yourself, work hard to be persistent, and don’t give up, you can achieve anything you want to achieve.”

Scholarship Requirements

The NAACP is accepting applications for the Lt. Colonel Michael P. Anderson Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipients will be selected from students planning to enroll in the fall of 2021 in a post-secondary two-year or four-year college, university, vocational or technical schools, or in an apprenticeship program. There will be two (2) $2,000.00 scholarships awarded at our fall/winter fundraiser. The application requirements are listed below, and the information must be typed.

• A cover letter should be submitted with your full name, age, address, parent(s) names, address and phone numbers.

• Additional information may be added on awards, accomplishments, honors, outstanding achievements, organizations, etc.

• Please include information on community service.

• Lt. Col. Anderson’s mantra as stated above was, “If you apply yourself, work hard to be persistent, and don’t give up, you can achieve anything you want to achieve.” Please write how his mantra is reflected in your life, by identifying your dream, how you plan to achieve it, and how it will positively impact others. The essay must be typed, 12-point font, double-spaced, and written in 500 words or less.

• Student must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher or have received their GED.

• Student must submit documentation of the cumulative GPA, an apprenticeship/technical program**, and/or a college transcript. An unofficial copy of the high school transcripts must be included with the application, however, if your application is chosen to receive the scholarship, an official sealed transcript must be submitted within one calendar year of award in order to receive scholarship funds.

• For those who are a part of an apprenticeship or technical program, please submit documentation of enrollment, description of the program, and if already enrolled verification of progress to this date.

• Two (2) letters of recommendations must accompany the application. One letter must come from a school administrator, teacher, or school counselor. The second letter may come from a minister from your religious establishment, volunteer organizations or a similar qualified individual who knows the applicant.

Application Information

All materials should be submitted and/or postmarked by Friday, September 25, 2020. Online applications are encouraged.

Mail To:
Spokane NAACP Branch #1137
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
25 W. Main Ave. Suite 239
Spokane, WA  99201

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Please Note:
Incomplete applications and materials received after September 25, 2020 will not be considered for the scholarships. For questions, please contact:

Amy McColm: (253) 252-0860 Or Dr. Jeanne Baynes: (509) 255-6013