The National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) joins forces with the White House to provide more opportunities for outstanding HBCU scholars.

The highly esteemed association is teaming up with the White House Initiative to help advance equity and economic opportunity through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholar Recognition Program—a student recognition program created to "honor current HBCU students for their excellence."

This partnership will "foster innovation and hands-on experiences for HBCU Scholars." The program will include a NASA pitch competition starting this year. This will be a "small-scale version" of NASA's MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Program) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC).

"NASA is excited to formalize our participation and see the innovated ideas HBCU scholars will bring to the competition," Torry Johnson, the manager of MUREP, said. "Since 2018, MITTIC has provided students at Minority Serving Institutions a glimpse into NASA's Technology Transfer Program and a unique opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial interests using NASA's technology portfolio."