Nominate a Student with Perseverance

The "You've Got Perseverance!" opportunity is for students who have demonstrated perseverance in their academic pursuits. Teachers, educators, and community leaders are encouraged to nominate students who've shown that nothing will deter them from their educational journey.

NASA's Perseverance mission team is no stranger to challenges, as the team has faced and overcome many hurdles to get the rover to Mars. The team wants to encourage students to persevere, to embrace the idea of not giving up when things get tough and to overcome seemingly impossible challenges. We want to hear how your students persevered!

Selected students will:

  • Get a special message sent directly from the Perseverance rover on Mars!
  • Chat with the rover team members from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Get a printed materials award pack loaded with mission essentials

Who Can Enter

We are taking nominations for individual students in 6th through 8th grade in U.S. public, private, and home schools (including U.S. territories and possessions and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of American personnel overseas). Nominations for the award can be submitted by an educator or community leader with knowledge of the student's record of perseverance in their academic career.

Children of NASA, JPL, or Caltech employees are not eligible for nomination.

  • Student must be currently enrolled in grades 6th through 8th (in a public, private or home school)
  • Nominator must be an educator, principal, school counselor or community leader (no parent or student submissions)

Full nomination rules.

How to Nominate a Student


Be sure to read the full nomination rules before starting your nomination. You might also like to read our frequently asked questions.

Fill out the nomination form. You will need:
  1. Permission and contact info of student's parent or legal guardian
  2. Contact info for a second eligible person who can confirm your nomination
  3. Clear and brief description of how this student has shown perseverance
  4. A brief description of how the student has improved their academic performance

Key Dates for Nomination Opportunities

  • Opportunity
    Dec. 9 2021
  • Opportunity
    Dec. 31 2021
  • Awardees
    Feb. 10  2022
  • Opportunity
    Feb. 1 2022
  • Opportunity
    Feb. 28 2022
  • Awardees
    March 24  2022
  • Opportunity
    March 24 2022
  • Opportunity
    April 24 2022
  • Awardees
    May 12  2022
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Cheering for Perseverance landing in mission control area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory


  • A special message from NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars!

  • A chat with the rover team members from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • An award pack of printed materials
perseverance / noun

continued effort to do or achieve something,
even when this is difficult or takes a long time

"perseverance." Cambridge Dictionary. 2021 Word of the Year.