Aviation is a thrilling and vastly appealing profession. With job opportunities ranging from flying a helicopter to working in air traffic control, the field encompasses a wide range of interests and exciting challenges. Even this fantastic a career has its drawbacks, though. A student’s prospects of landing a career in aviation are still uncertain, and any degree in the field comes with a fairly substantial tab to cover lab fees and flight costs. Many aviation students graduate with significant student loan debt. Add in the scheduling difficulties and weather complications that are unique to the major and aviation students face a particularly challenging path to a college degree.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to obtain a degree in aviation. Scholarships and grants can help defer the costs of flying, or help you with more typical college expenses, such as tuition and books. Specific aviation scholarships exist, several of which are listed below. Additionally, due to the rigor involved in their academic program, aviation students are some of the most talented, level-headed, and dedicated college students, and thus they stand a particularly strong chance of winning scholarships from outside their discipline, as well. Conduct a free scholarship search on Scholarships.com to see all the aviation scholarships and other scholarship opportunities you qualify for based on the information you provide in your profile. The aviation scholarships listed below are only a small sample of what’s out there, but hopefully they will start you down the path to finding scholarships and funding your aviation education.
Santa Rosa Ninety Nines Aviation Scholarship
May 01, Annually
Each year the Santa Rosa chapter of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, awards a scholarship to a local woman pilot. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funds to be used for a specific rating or certificate in flight training and/or continuing education to further the recipient's pursuit of a career in aviation.
- Any woman pilot holding at least [...] More
Archie C. Towle Aviation Scholarship
March 01, Annually
The Archie C. Towle Aviation Scholarship promotes the advancement of aviation as a career by awarding scholarship funding to students living within a 50 mile radius of the greater Wausau (Wisconsin) area who demonstrate financial need, ability and a desire to pursue a career in the field of [...] More
League of World War I Aviation Historians' Mike Carr Student Paper Award
May 31, Annually
The League of World War I Aviation Historians is a nonprofit organization chartered with furthering the study of aviation history encompassing the World War I period. To this end, the League sponsors the annual Mike Carr Student Paper Competition.
This essay competition is open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students attending any accredited educational institution. Monetary prizes [...] More
LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship
January 31, Annually
The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. foundation encourages and supports young men and women who wish to pursue aviation careers, as professional pilots. The foundation will award flight instruction scholarships for potential students, in order to obtain private pilot certification.
Please do not send letters requesting applications. Application must be filled out online at www.leroywhomerjr.org. If you [...] More
GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship
April 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship, students must be United States citizens, enrolled full- or part-time at a college or university in the United States providing an accredited flight science curriculum. Applicants must be second year students or above with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in general aviation, [...] More