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“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going. Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols

Influenced and inspired by the profound impact of Nichelle Nichols on the world and future of spaceflight, the Nichelle Nichols Foundation seeks to continue that legacy and serve women and BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in their educational path to fields within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

After the passing of Nichelle Nichols, her fans, friends, and family were inspired to carry out the dream she had started during her life, impacting the community around her. The Nichelle Nichols Foundation partners with existing organizations that have a proven track record of outreach, scholarships, training, and mentorship to increase women and diversity in STEAM.

Looking Forward
to the Future

Our first mission is to send young women to space camp!  Your donations will be used to send young women ages 14-18 to the Nichelle Nichols cadet space camp June 26-29, 2024 in Huntsville, Alabama.  Young students will work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking — 21st century learning skills required in the workplace. How does a mission to Vulcan sound? Or learning about the Artemis project from engineers who built it? Or constructing a rocket?  If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a young woman to attend, please email us at    

Mission: Boldly Going Forward


We are here to continue breaking down the barriers. We are here to open the doors of opportunity. We are here to serve and inspire women and BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous, People of Color) communities to reach for the stars.

Education is the gateway to dreams, and our young people are our future. With Nichelle Nichols as our guiding star, we continue the mission to make an impact in young people’s lives and create a path for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related education and careers. The Nichelle Nichols Foundation (NNF) will advance her dream to inspire future generations who will shape our world in the image of Star Trek and its “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” (IDIC) philosophy: a world that is diverse, kind, and peaceful.

Speaker Series – “Hailing Frequencies Open”
“If they can see it, they can be it.”

To continue the legacy of Nichelle, we have launched a series of talks hosted by Star Trek actors. Our panelists have pursued a career in S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and they will share their incredible career journeys to inspire the next generation. Please visit our events page to learn more.

Foundation News

Nichelle Nichols Foundation is attending Phoenix Fan Fusion June 2nd – 4th! The Foundation will be at Walter Koenig’s table H112 and we will be attending the Boldly Going Where No Star Trek Mixer Has Gone Before on Friday, June 2nd at 9:00 PM. Location: West Hall 212ABC. For every $10 you donate to the foundation, you will receive one raffle ticket. The more you donate, the more chances to win. Just bring your receipt or donate at Phoenix Fan Fusion. We will have a representative from the foundation there all weekend at Walt’s table and at the party. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Nichelle Nichols Foundation is excited to announce, we will be hosting a science panel at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 18th at 10:30 am in Room 204 – The Science Fair

The Nichelle Nichols Foundation is beaming into Urban Nerd Con in Atlanta July 21st and 23rd.  We will have a booth, science panels and will receive the first Vanguard Award. From then on, the Nichelle Nichols Vanguard Award will be given to a person that has not only impacted the Sci-Fi genre but has also served their greater community. We are an affiliate so please purchase tickets through the Nichelle Nichols Foundation link.  They will donate 10% of the ticket price to the foundation. 

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