Aviation Scholarship Opportunities

    • General Aeronautics

      ADMA International Scholarship

      • Eligibility: The scholarship program is open to third-year students enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited post-secondary institution majoring in Aviation Management or a Professional Pilot program, or a first-year student in an A&P program at a two-year accredited program. This is a two-year renewal scholarship should the applicants continue to meet eligibility requirements
      • Contact: adma@fernley.com
      • Deadline: April 2

      UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate enrolled in aviation-related curricula at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; must complete application package, which consists of an essay, resume, official transcript and one signed letter of recommendation; must be a US citizen
      • Amount: A minimum of $1,000 towards educational costs
      • Contact: 
      • Deadline: November 30

      Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Enrolled in an aviation-related curriculum at a UAA member college or university
      • Amount: $500
      • Deadline: June 15
    • Aviation Maintenance

      David Arver Memorial Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: February 15

      Field Aviation Co., Inc. Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: February 15

      Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an aviation management program
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: February 15

      Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: February 15

      Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: February 15

      L3 Aviation Products Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a high school, College or vocational/technical school student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program
      • Amount: $2,500
      • Deadline: February 15

      Richard Lee Vernon Aviation Scholarship

      Presented by the Vernon family

      • Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in a recognized professional aviation training program in a higher education institution or a technical school
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Evidence of excellence in activities, studies, events, organizations, etc., related to aviation; minimum of a 3.0 overall grade point average; Federal Aviation Administration certification/qualifications in either aviation maintenance or flight; membership in at least one Aviation organization such as Alpha Eta Rho, NIFA Flying Team, Experimental Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, etc.; involvement in Aviation activities, projects, events, etc., which will demonstrate an interest and an enthusiasm for aviation; must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in a University Aviation Association (UAA) member institution; Completed application form, essay and letter of reference.
      • Amount: Two $1,000
      • Contact

      William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

      Awarded During the Fall

      • Eligibility: Business aviation maintenance technician; completed application package, which consists of essay, resume, official transcript or acceptance letter and one signed letter of recommendation
      • Amount: Two $2,500 scholarships for educational costs
      • Contact
      • Deadline: July 31

      Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarships

      Each AMT Scholarship winner will have the opportunity to attend a course in helicopter airframe or engine maintenance offered by manufacturers.

      • Eligibility: Graduate from an FAA-approved Part 147 AMT school or be a recent (within the last three years) recipient of an A&P certificate.
      • Amount: various amounts
      • Contact: safety.assistant@rotor.org.
      • Deadline: December 15
    • Flight Training

      Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship

      Award recipients will also receive Jeppesen's online sport, private, or instrument flight training course to enhance the individual's flight training experience.

      • Eligibility: Must be working toward a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate or instrument rating; Funds will be paid directly to the student’s flight school and training is to be completed in one year; the recipient will be chosen based on passion for flying, commitment to completing flight training, and two reference letters highlighting the applicant's character qualities; applicants who are full-time students enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university should have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
      • Amount: $5,000

      Pioneers of Flight Scholarship

      Recipients are required to supply copies of pertinent records and to notify NATF of any changes of address, school enrollment or other relevant information. Except as described here, no obligation is assumed by NATF, members of its scholarship selection committee or the National Air Transportation Association. Tax liability, if any, will be the sole responsibility of the recipient

      • Eligibility: Must be in their sophomore or junior year who are enrolled in a full-time aviation degree program at an accredited four-year college or university; a high academic achiever with a 3.0 GPA or better, on a 4.0 scale; able to demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation
      • Amount: Two $1,000
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW; Suite 900; Washington, DC 20006
      • Contact
      • Deadline: Last Friday in December

      UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate enrolled in aviation-related curricula at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; must complete application package, which consists of an essay, resume, official transcript and one signed letter of recommendation; must be a US citizen
      • Amount: A minimum of $1,000 towards educational costs
      • Contact
      • Deadline: November 30
    • Military

      AMVETS Veterans or Active Duty, Including Guard and Reserve Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must be a Veteran or Active Duty, including Guard and Reserve
      • Required Documents:
        • A copy of the veteran’s honorable discharge (DD214) or a letter from your commanding officer certifying active duty status or a copy of your Duty Orders
        • If you cannot locate the DD214, you may request a copy of the form at archives.gov under “Veterans’ Service Records”
        • A copy of your official college transcripts for all courses attempted and any degrees or certificates awarded.
        • If an official transcript cannot be obtained, please upload the transcript on official school letterhead. Or a copy of the transcript signed by the school registrar will suffice. 
        • A complete and signed copy of the applicant’s 1040 tax form must be enclosed. (Only the first two pages, no schedules or attachments.)
          A copy of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
          Essay (100 words) addressing the theme: “How will this award help me accomplish my career/vocational goal(s)?”
          Acceptance letter or letter stating current student status from an accredited program.
          A resume detailing military duty and awards, volunteer activities, community services, and jobs held during the past four years.
      • Amount: $2,000
      • Contact: lbonaparte@amvets.org
      • Deadline: April 30

      Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Program

      • Eligibility: Must be pursuing courses of study leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees
      • Amount: Twenty $2,500 scholarships
      • Deadline: April 18

      The Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: High school graduate and child or grandchild of a current or former Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Air-crewman - or - Children/grandchildren of individuals who served onboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier - and - Accepted for undergraduate enrollment at an accredited college
      • Amount: One hundred scholarships from $2,500—$15,000
      • Deadline: December 15

      Air Force ROTC Scholarships

      • Eligibility: Must achieve an SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26. Applicant must also attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no waivers or exceptions to the SAT/ACT or GPA requirements. We now only accept ACT/SAT scores electronically through the ACT or SAT agency using AFROTC Test Code 0548; AFROTC policy is to withdraw the scholarship offer to High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) winners who failed to disclose all civil involvements and drug or alcohol abuse that occurred prior to the HSSP interview; Before you are eligible for the scholarship interview, you must complete the Physical Fitness Assessment (which consists of three events: crunches, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile run) and submit the Letter of Certification. If you are offered an Air Force ROTC scholarship, you must pass the Physical Fitness Test before the end of your first semester of college; Once you meet the academic and general requirements, you are considered an eligible applicant. You will be contacted by the nearest Air Force unit to set up a personal interview.
      • To be eligible for the scholarship interview, you must meet the following requirements:
        • Be a United States citizen or be able to obtain citizenship by the last day of the first term of your freshman year (for four-year offers) or the first term of your sophomore year (for three-year offers). Activation cannot occur prior to obtaining citizenship. Also, if you receive a scholarship and possess dual citizenship, you cannot activate a scholarship or be contracted until you renounce your non-U.S. citizenship.
        • Graduate from a high school or have an equivalent certificate.
        • Be 17 years old prior to scholarship activation.
        • Be under 31 years old as of December 31 of the year you will be commissioned.
        • You cannot be enrolled full time at a college or university (except for joint high school/college programs).
        • If you are the sole provider for another person (e.g., single parent, guardian for younger sibling, etc.), please contact the nearest Air Force ROTC detachment admissions representative for dependent care plan information
      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: December 1
    • Minorities

      Edward Horne Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Must have a current Private Pilots Certificate and current medical, a 1000-word maximum essay about your greatest challenge, two letters of recommendation including one from an active OBAP member, a verification letter of OBAP participation, and a resume. Submit primary scholarship and alternate scholarship as well as a photo.
      • Amount: $2,500
      • Deadline: June 2

      NHCFAE FEEA Scholarship Program

      • Eligibility: NHCFAE members, current civilian federal and postal employees with at least three years of federal service, their children and spouses. Dependent applicants may first apply as high school seniors. Dependents must be full-time students. Employees may be part-time. Enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary school. Course of study that leads to a two-year, four-year or graduate degree. 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Please place all of the required materials unfolded, in the same 9″x12″ (or larger) envelope. No staples, no paper clips, no folding.
      • Amount: $1,000 per student
      • Address: NHCFAE-FEEA Scholarship Program, 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Suite 300, Lakewood, CO 80227
      • Deadline: March 21

      Women in Aviation

      The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards

      Awarded to qualified members for fully funded advanced flight training, jet type ratings and technical training. Partial funding of $10,000 per academic year is awarded for academic scholarships. In addition, the AEMSF provides Research Scholarship Grants and Fly Now Awards for Student Pilot members of the Organization. 

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: December 1

      Delta Airlines Aviation Maintenance Management/Aviation Business Management Scholarship

      • Eligibility: This scholarship is for members of Women in Aviation, International. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time students currently enrolled in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in aviation maintenance management or aviation business management. On top of the award, the scholarship recipient will receive a trip to the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. In addition to all WAI requirements, applicants must include a detailed essay of 500 to 1000 words that address given topics.

      The International Society of Women Airline Pilots

      • Eligibility: Applicants must be a woman with a current FAA medical. The appropriately written exams must be completed with a passing grade before scholarship dispersal. 
      • Amount: $5,000 each
    • Other

      Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship Program

      • Eligibility: Sons or daughters of medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association.

      John Sandberg A & P Scholarship

      Made in memory of John Sandberg for his dedication to the maintenance field and his love of aviation.

      • Eligibility: Students pursuing their A&P
      • Amount: Two $1,000 scholarships
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship

      Awarded during the fall

      • Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; must be a US citizen
      • Amount: $5,000 scholarship for educational costs
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: July 31

      William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

      Awarded during the fall

      • Eligibility: Business aviation maintenance technician; completed application package, which consists of essay, resume, official transcript or acceptance letter and one signed letter of recommendation
      • Amount: Two $2,500 scholarships for educational costs
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: July 31

      Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate students enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates should possess
      • Amount: Five $4,500 scholarships for educational costs
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: July 31

      Pioneers of Flight Scholarship

      • Eligibility: College students in their sophomore or junior year who are enrolled in a full-time aviation degree program at an accredited four-year college or university, high academic achiever with a 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale, able to demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation.
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC  20006
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: Last Friday in December

      Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

      • Eligibility: college student currently enrolled in an aviation program, high academic achiever with a "B" average or better, and recommended by an aviation professional, although direct applications are acceptable. Residents of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois will be given preference.
      • Amount: $2,500
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC  20006
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: Last Friday in November

      NATA Business Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Be 18 years of age or older, be nominated and endorsed by a representative of a Regular or Associate Member Company of the NATA, possess a Student Pilot Certificate (or higher) with a third-class medical certificate if applying for pilot certificates or ratings, demonstrate a commitment to general aviation, submit two or more letters of recommendations, submit a 500-word maximum essay or resume
      • Amount: $2,500
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC  20006
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: Last Friday in December

      Navigation Your Future Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Be a senior in high school planning a career in the general aviation field, be enrolled or accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college or university, submit the letter of acceptance from the college or university, be able to demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation
      • Amount: $2,500
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC  20006
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: Last Friday in June

      Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Be enrolled in an accredited college/university, be enrolled in a flight program through the college/university with aspirations to become a professional pilot (general or commercial aviation), have a private pilot's license (a copy must be included in the application the packet), have a GPA of 3.0 or greater (applicant must submit an official transcript), submit an essay about aviation, your goals and dreams and why you should receive this scholarship, complete the official application. If applying as an incoming freshman, provide the acceptance letter from the college/university at which the applicant will be attending and an official high school transcript.
      • Amount: $1,500
      • Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC  20006
      • Contact:
      • Deadline: Last Friday in March

      AOPA Foundation’s Primary Certification Scholarships

      Funds awarded can be applied to training for an initial pilot certificate including a sport, private, or recreational pilot certificate.

      • Eligibility: Age 16 or older, and must be an AOPA member
      • Amount: $2500- $7500
      • Deadline: May 2

      AOPA Foundation Advanced Rating Scholarships

      Able use the awards to help fund training for an instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, flight instructor certificate, instrument flight instructor certificate, or multiengine flight instructor certificate

      • Eligibility: age requirements will vary depending on the certificate or rating sought
      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: May 2

      Flight Training Scholarships

      Funded by donations to AOPA

      • Eligibility: Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, and at least 16 years of age at the time of application. There are no exceptions to this. If you will not be 16 years old by May 31, 2017, then you are not eligible to apply. You must also hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application and be a current member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded. You cannot have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application.
      • Amount: $2,500—$5,000
      • Contact: FTscholarship@aopa.org
      • Deadline: May 31

      The AOPA You Can Fly High School Scholarship Program

      Able to be used to pay for an initial pilot certificate, including a sport, private, or recreational pilot certificate. 

      • Eligibility: Current high school students ages 15 to 18
      • Amount: $5000
      • Deadline: May 2

      Richard R. Harper Flight Training Award

      Presented in memory of Richard R. Harper by his wife Gretchen

      Funds will be allocated to the student and flight training program to ensure appropriate use and a process for progress checks.

      • Eligibility: Student must show financial need, a passion for aviation, and ambition to pursue a career as a pilot
      • Amount: Two $7,500 scholarships
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org

      Tinker Murdock Family Flight Training Award

      Presented by Michael Murdock and Anne Tinker

      Applicant will be active in EAA’s ground school or other training program showing commitment to education opportunity; Must provide written goal statement explaining how certification will aid in accomplishing that goal; Funds will be allocated to the student and training program to ensure appropriate use and a process for progress checks.

      • Eligibility: Student must be a Young Eagle or Next Step applicant seeking their Private Pilot Certificate
      • Amount: Up to $7,500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org

      Noah Favaregh Flight Training Award

      Presented to remember the spirit and dedication of Noah Favaregh

      Funds awarded to student and flight training program with benchmarks of achievements.

      • Eligibility: Student pursuing pilot certification; Student must have soloed
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org

      I Hart Flying Scholarship

      Presented by EAA from funds provided by the I Hart Flying Foundations sponsors. Must be used to acquire a Private Pilot Certificate.

      • Eligibility: Student must be between 18-26; Preference is given to young women students
      • Amount: $5,000 scholarships
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: November 3

      DAHER Scholarship

      Internship fund

      • Eligibility: Given to one male student and one female student; Age 18-24; must intend on a career in aviation
      • Amount: N/A
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: April 3

      Richard Lee Vernon Aviation Scholarship

      Presented by the Vernon family

      • Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in a recognized professional aviation training program in a higher education institution or a technical school
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      David Alan Quick Scholarship

      Presented by EAA from the endowment from David Alan Quick and the Quick family

      • Eligibility: Student Must be a junior or senior in good standing, enrolled in an accredited college or university, and pursuing a degree in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      David Mineck Memorial Scholarship

      Awarded in remembrance of David Mineck

      • Eligibility: Student must pursue a post-secondary education in the aerospace field
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      H.P. “Bud” Milligan Aviation Scholarship

      • Eligibility: Student must be enrolled in an accredited aviation program at a college, technical school, or aviation academy
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Harry E. Arcamuzi Aviation Scholarship

      Funded by the Harry E. Arcamuzi family endowment

      May be renewed for up to three years based on academic standing.

      • Eligibility: Student must be an inner-city student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; Must pursue an aviation-related career following high school
      • Amount: $500
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Gerald “Jerry” Holland Scholarship

      In honor of Gerald “Jerry” Holland

      • Eligibility: Student must be a graduating high school senior that is a US citizen with the desire to attend a four-year degree focusing on Aviation Management of Aeronautical Management with a focus on General Aviation; Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; Minimum of 75 community service hours required. Not a need-based scholarship and special considerations are given to student-athletes.
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Michael Blume Memorial Scholarship

      In memory of Michael Blume

      • Eligibility: Student must be from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering; 3.2 GPA or higher; two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, employers, or others with knowledge of skill. Please provide copy of student or private pilot’s certificate
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31

      Payzer Scholarship

      Presented by EAA from the Payzer endowment

      • Eligibility: Student enrolled in an accredited college, university, or post-secondary school with an emphasis in technical skills. Must be enrolled in a major seeking a career in engineering, mathematics, or both the physical or biomedical sciences.
      • Amount: $5,000 scholarship
      • Contact: scholarships@eaa.org
      • Deadline: January 31