June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Richard “Dick” Scobee, has dedicated her time and energy to continuing the crew’s educational mission. Immediately following the tragedy, June channeled grief into action and led the Challenger shuttle families, along with others, to create Challenger Center – a living tribute to their loved ones.
June is an educator, author, and speaker, and an inspiration to everyone she meets.
Originally from Alabama (but claims Texas), June holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, a Master’s from Chapman College, CA, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Charleston Southern University, S.C. She attended San Antonio Community College, Texas, where she later received an Honorary Associate’s Degree. June is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Leicester, England.
As an educator, June serves as a Founding Chairman of the Challenger Center, where each year hundreds of thousands of students participate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused programs. June has appeared on numerous national television programs promoting innovative educational partnerships, and has served on the President’s National Advisory Council on Education. June is personally proud of the fact that she has taught in every grade-level classroom from kindergarten through college. In 2015, June received the distinguished Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.
As an author, June has touched the lives of countless people through her heroic persistence during difficult times. June is the author of Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7, in which she returns to the very public tragedy of the Challenger explosion. In addition to Silver Linings, June created the Star Challenger science adventure books for young readers to further spark students’ interest in science and math.
As a speaker, June has challenged thousands of people through her motivational and contagious personality. Providing the keynote speech for the National Prayer Breakfast Dinner and the Testimony to the President’s Commission to Moon, Mars, and Beyond, June speaks honestly and thoughtfully to each of her audiences. Her high demand speaking schedule takes her across the world, where she delivers spirited presentations on leadership, sparked with personal stories and humor.