Olivia Lenz
Prepared for blast-off
Olivia LenzHow many people do you know who are up-to-date on NASA rocket launches? Or spend their spring breaks learning about space technology? Or own personal NASA-issued business cards?

Sophomore Olivia Lenz wasn’t always this NASA crazy. The chemistry major received the NASA MUST (Motivating Undergraduates in Science Technology) scholarship as a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University after perusing SPU’s online scholarship notebook. She’s been hooked on NASA ever since.

“I never thought about what NASA could offer me as a chemist,” Olivia says, but the conferences she’s attended have opened her eyes. She receives a renewable sum of $9,000 a year and a laptop from NASA, and she has a paid internship in NASA’s largest center in California this summer.

Thanks to a host of scholarships, including academic awards from Seattle Pacific, the Lenz family doesn’t have to pay much for Olivia’s education. Nevertheless, they were prepared with savings that may be used for Olivia’s sister, who will attend SPU this autumn. Olivia works part time in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at SPU to pay for her books and other expenses.

She spent last summer interning with Korry Electronics, a prestigious aeronautics technology company in Seattle. Olivia found the internship through the SPU network and advises other students to do the same. “Get an internship, even if you don’t make money,” she says. And apply for every single silly scholarship you can find. People are there to give money out.”

Did you know? Nine out of 10 SPU students receive some sort of financial aid. Chances are you’re eligible for assistance.

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By Julia Siemens, Illustration by Keith Negley, Photos By Nick Onken and Mike Siegel
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