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National Aviation Explorer Scholarships


April 30, 2024

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  • The National Aviation Exploring Committee awards individual scholarships annually to aviation explorers pursuing a career in the aviation industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry. . Applicants' descriptions of their personal records should show that they can successfully complete the aviation career educational activity for which they are requesting the scholarship. Also, their personal record should show their involvement in life skills, citizenship, leadership, and character education experiences that add to the quality of life.

    The National Aviation Exploring Committee recognizes excellence among Aviation Explorers studying the technologies and the skills needed in the field of aviation. The sponsors that provide the scholarships are committed to aviation's future leadership If scholarship funds are used for training in the avionics, pilot, maintenance or management categories, the flight training must be provided by the FAA Approved Part 141 and Part 61 school or through an accredited college or university in pursuit of a degree leading to an aviation profession.
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Jefferson C  on 10/7/2022 7:00:05 AM

My name is Jefferson Coto. I recently worked at the airport as an aircraft fueler and it made me realize that I have a passion for airplanes or aircrafts in general. Fueling the Emirates Airbus 380 and the Lufthansa Boeing 747 has been a huge experience for me. I then decided to move forward to learn more about aviation. The goal is to become an Aircraft Technician or Aerospace Engineer later in the years as I pursue my education further.

Nathan R  on 10/5/2022 2:24:21 PM

Hello my name is Nathan Rodriguez. Since 2016, aviation has had a big influence on my life, in particular, commercial aviation. As a young adult I have been interested in becoming a pilot because of my innate ability to take initiative, superb responsibility and work ethic, and the opportunity to manage nerves in high stress scenarios. Since I was born post 9/11, I've seen first hand how aviation has become more stressful for the general public, on top of that, a pandemic that has highly influenced passenger behavior. I want to become the best pilot I can to be able to elevate the fears that most passengers carry.

Jefferson C  on 10/1/2022 10:00:45 AM

My name is Jefferson Coto. I recently worked at the airport as an aircraft fueler and it made me realize that I have a passion for airplanes or aircrafts in general. Fueling the Emirates Airbus 380 and the Lufthansa Boeing 747 has been a huge experience for me. I then decided to move forward to learn more about aviation. The goal is to become an Aircraft Technician or Aerospace Engineer later in the years as I pursue my education further.

Jemima Ndune Buso  on 5/7/2022 9:51:44 AM

Am an FAA certified Flight Dispatcher looking for a scholarship to further my studies in the aviation sector. I am more keen on venturing into Aviation management as a whole.

Owen C  on 1/31/2022 8:01:30 AM

I am an 18 year old about to be a high school graduate. My goal is to have my private pilots license before school starts in the fall! I did get into the college I really wanted, but its super expensive. I will need a lot of help! Thanks, Owen Chatot

Eric R  on 11/27/2021 3:35:59 PM

my name is Eric Rodriguez i am a Hispanic male looking for a career in Aviation maintenance. this scholarship would be of great help in order to continue my education.

Ginedy M  on 2/6/2021 9:55:52 PM

Hello everyone, about to apply now because I had no idea how expensive flying lessons are. I want to pursue my dream no matter what. Thanks

Hayley L  on 2/6/2021 6:35:51 PM

I am a 21 year old female, who has a passion to fly and live in the clouds. I work in an aviation field but want to pursue becoming a full time pilot and learn how to make a living into my passion. I want to go from working as a Ramp agent on the ground to going above the clouds.

Alex Zirata  on 1/21/2021 2:47:38 AM

My name is Alex Zirata from Zimbabwe. I am 20 years old(male). I finished my high school this year and still waiting for my results. I have always been dreaming about becoming a pilot since ever. People in my community always say that its impossible pertaining my families background and funds but I see it differently. I came to know about this scholarship program and I couldn't wait to take a step forward in applying. I really need this scholarship and I hope I can make my dream a reality for others to see that its possible.

Jonkunda Suso  on 1/20/2021 8:11:48 AM

Good afternoon! How are you? I hope you are doing well. I am here requesting for sponsorship so that I can further my career in the field of aviation where I have been working for the past 19 years. I was trained in 2012 (the new ICAO flight plan) and 2014 at East African School of Aviation in Nairobi, Kenya where I did my basic training in AIS (ICAO/AIS 021). I now want to further my career and specialize in cartography/AIS Automation . Also since we are in the transition period, I would also like to do the course in AIS/AIM. I am keenly interested to study in these areas. I am currently working at Gambia Civil Aviation Authority as an AIS Officer. I am also a member of Gambia Aeronautical Information Service Association (GAMAISA) that has registered with International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Association (IFAIMA). As already mentioned earlier, I have nineteen years working experience in aviation industry. Therefore, I really feel that if I have the opportunity to train further it would help me progress in my work. Please try to put me in contact and I look forward in hearing from you soon. There is nothing else that would help me in my career more than to train further.

Josh B  on 1/15/2021 12:40:31 PM

Hello, my name is Josh and I am currently a high school senior. I could really use the scholarship for aviation because I am going to Minnesota state Mankato next spring and it would really help me out. Thank You.

Mutaz alsajee  on 1/11/2021 7:05:34 PM

I am applying for this scholarship to finish my commercial and multi engine commercial because i am broke

Mnoro Lado  on 1/9/2021 4:32:28 PM

It is a blessing for me to apply for this scholarship because my financial aid wouldn't cover up the fees for some of the classes that I am taking. My Federal Pell Grant $3173.00 and my classes total bill statemen for this year fall of 2020 was $4744.00. so I took a Federal Subsidized Loan for $1514.00 for every semester and for the fall of 2021 my classes total bill statemen $6744 and also for spring of 2022.This why I am really grateful for this opportunity because when I was young I always had strong interested in becoming part of the aviation program. This is why I became part of the aviation technician program at LCC. I am currently taking airframe and powerplant courses at the LCC Mason MI Aviation center. I just finished my first fall semester which I achieved outstanding grades in all my classes. I understand the FAA rules and regulations and the basic of aircraft. I am now prepared to continue my degree to strive for my final goals of becoming a master at Aviation technology.

Erin V  on 1/6/2021 8:58:26 PM

I'm 14 and I'm searching for scholarships to help me become a pilot. I'm currently in CAP. Being a pilot is expensive, so a scholarship would be a start.

Macayla W  on 1/5/2021 3:45:06 PM

I am currently a high school student with a dream to fly helicopters in the near future. I am taking many classes at the college level to earn credits to jump-start my career. I plan to attend Southern Utah University in the fall to eventually earn my bachelor's. The cost of labs and tuition is very expensive, and I hope to bring in as much money as I can to help pay for expenses. I hope to graduate with a low amount of debt, and inspire other females in aviation to pursue their goals!

Derick M  on 1/5/2021 2:30:33 AM

Hi, am a ppl(h) pilot who would love to continue flying as aviation has always been in my blood but due to financial difficulties, I had to halt my dream of becoming a commercial pilot and start doing menial jobs to survive. It would be of great honor if I was able to get this scholarship and be able to achieve my dream of one day becoming a captain. Thank you.

Breayna F  on 12/31/2020 11:57:03 AM

My passion is to fly planes and make a family business out of it. I'm extremely interested in all of the help I could use BUT my only concern is, are you only offering assistance for those who take the college course? I was planning to do flight training school and I need assistance in the cost.

jonathon brown  on 12/30/2020 5:45:11 PM

i'm going to apply to this scholarship because i am going to school for a atp license and its expensive

Jake K  on 12/17/2020 8:21:55 AM

I am a 22 year old that always had the desire to soar amongst the clouds. I have no qualifying experience but would make the best of any chance given. I am unable to join the military so this seems like the way to go!

Leochris G  on 12/10/2020 10:14:40 PM

I am a local west palm beach student who is starting a BS in aviation and attending liberty university.I have found a reliably FTA (Flight training affiliate about 7 miles from my home and I want to pursue my career dream as a pilot and I am most worried about the funding . If I am given this chance I will prove that all the money used will be strictly for academic purposes and advancement for the necessity of filling a pilot seat for our great country . Please consider giving me an advantage in this very pricey field . Thank you .

Michelle A  on 11/30/2020 6:08:57 PM

Hello my name is Michelle, I am a furloughed AA flight attendant. Before receiving my cjo the summer of 2019, my dream was always to become an airline pilot. Becoming a FA was an opportunity I could not pass on. I dropped out of college to pursue this as a career and with that I let down my parents who refuse to help me after choosing to leave school to become a flight attendant. I do not regret a thing because this job brought so many joys into my life, a new life, friends wanderlust for travel and found a home within the aviation industry. Due to covid I have unfortunately been furloughed. My life drastically changed and I became very lost while losing sight of what was next for me in life. I am attempting to pick myself back up by starting off where I left off with my originally dream to become a pilot. It has sparked something in me and I am finally back up and passionate to get myself to airline pilot ranking. And so here I am now, asking for financial assistance to help me attain this dream.

Sara Hill  on 11/18/2020 8:14:47 PM

My name is Sara Hill, a current high school student with the dream to one day have four golden bands on the wrist of my commercial pilot's uniform. I am currently taking flight lessons and academic courses to obtain my PPL while serving the community and nation as one of few women in the Raritan Valley Composite Squadron of the US Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force. Just two days ago, I found out that I have been accepted to study Aeronautical Sciences at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida. Getting in was one thing, but paying for it is another; ERAU is my best shot at making my dream come true. As a Hispanic LGBTQ+ woman in aviation, I am giving my dreams everything I've got to not only live a life doing what I love, but to give greater representation to woman in aviation. This scholarship would allow me to do so and put me on path to accomplish my dream, as well as pave the way for future generations of little girls who share my dream to touch the sky.

Martins udo  on 11/11/2020 7:07:25 AM

I really need this sponsorship for my pilot dream because I can't do without thinking about being in the sky

Tadiwanashe C  on 11/9/2020 9:12:56 AM

I am a student at Bird Aviation school in Vereeniging and I have been seeking financial aid. I am currently a student pilot license holder and I have completed all of my exams with pass marks that can get me to complete and proceed to getting my Private Pilot License, now all that is left is to fly but my financial state is what is putting a hold on that. I would love to learn more in depth about Skyfinsa and also to understand more on what one can do to secure financial aid and also the criteria of candidates you are looking for?

Elizabeth B  on 11/2/2020 12:43:16 PM

My name is Elizabeth. I am 17 year old and I'm planning on pursuing an aviation career. Along with that I have been taking college courses in my local HS and also through Metropolitan State University in Colorado. Through these past two years, I have nearly saved myself 2 years of college and also have been able to proceed through Metro's aviation program since I have been flying/working of my private pilots certificate out at APA, through Aspen Flying club and TAC Air. I have been wanting to apply for this scholarship for awhile now, this scholarship and becoming a pilot will definitely help my family and I financially.

Sonia Soto  on 10/25/2020 2:22:14 PM

The past year and a half, I’ve been in the aviation field from July 2019-July 2020 I was a Ramp agent and ticket counter agent and gate agent my station I learned to do everything since are station is small 6 months into the job I became the night Lead Ramp Agent and I loved it ! Now I am next over to the airport messing with the aircraft parts and relocating everything because ROW (Roswell,NM) is know for a graveyard for planes and since the COVID hit airlines have been parking planes out there we have already around 500 my next step in the aviation field is to go to school for Aviation Maintenance Technology A.A.P so I can next be the one working on a aircraft and servicing the aircrafts. I hope y’all would condsider me I would really appreciate it !??

Boniface Ngengoi  on 10/25/2020 9:35:43 AM

The scholarship is good for those in need and cannot access education because of their background which is helpful to people

Newton mwenda  on 10/23/2020 7:44:50 AM

My name is Newton,I am young person who is Soo passionate about flying and always wanted to be an airline pilot. Coming from a humble background I have not been able to achieve much in flight training. Coming from a third world country,my country does not offer sponsorship. That is why I am humbly writing to you for this opportunity to kickstart my aviation career in life. I believe this is a platform which God has given me to persue my career goals. Thank you.

Joey F  on 10/12/2020 7:15:23 PM

I had tried settling for aerospace fab when younger and misinformed, I know im a name amongst many and probably dont even have a shot. But ive been looking to the skys since I saw my first plane. Id love to make a carreer from it, but economically its not currently possible to do more than a ppl... Heres to hope I suppose.

Maxx M  on 10/7/2020 6:11:10 PM

Hi! My name is Maxx, and I’m 21 years old. I’m currently working a full time job in order to try and pay for flight school. As many people are aware, aviation is an expensive field to train in and this grant would be of tremendous help. The key to flight training is consistency, and with this grant I can expedite my training, finish certificates sooner and most importantly retain that information for use as a professional pilot in the future. Thank you for your consideration!

Anthony K  on 9/28/2020 3:54:33 AM

My name is Anthony. I am 19 years old and an IT undergraduate in United States International University. I have been wanting to apply for aviation but my finance is an issue for me to study abroad

Marisol H  on 9/22/2020 1:48:49 PM

I would love to pursue my career in law enforcement as Police helicopter pilot. Becoming a pilot will help financially to provide for my family instead of working 2-3jobs. I am a single parent therefor I can not afford to pay for a flight school. If I receive this scholarship it will be an honor not only to my family but for my city. Coming from a family of migrant workers I can inspire and motivate anyone that everything is possible. If I ever win the lottery I will pay every single penny back or pay for someone else scholarship. Thank you for your time.

Cheyenne H.  on 9/22/2020 10:09:26 AM

I am currently a massage therapist with a strong passion for flying. I have decided to change my career and life path by following my ultimate dream of becoming a private pilot. I am excited for this new chapter of my life, but will need all of the help I can get to make this dream a reality.

Daniel McGillan  on 9/20/2020 5:38:26 PM

Aviation is amazing, lot of thrill and great times in the air. I was diagnosed HDHD when I was a child. I am learning disabled yes. But I never let that get in the way. I was told that I would never be able to do anything and that I was too stupid. However, I've proved a lot of people wrong. I am a hard-working individual trying to make ends me everyday. I am flying as we speak, I am getting those hours in because id rather love what I do for work then dislike it.

Manisha Sharma  on 8/27/2020 8:31:04 AM

I am really very passionate about aviation since childhood and my dream is to become a pilot

Noah C  on 8/21/2020 10:46:56 PM

Hello my name is Noah Carter, I am a deaf student pilot and I getting my license in Livermore CA I am also a college student at Gallaudet University student Mathamtic. My family isn't helping with finance so it would be a big help with this scholarship.

James D  on 8/18/2020 3:23:40 PM

My name is James Dillard,I live in Greenwood,Ind and I am enrolled in Aviation Industry of Mechanics and I am applying for financial assistance. I want to go to school full time and concentrate on studying and learn all I can about aviation mechanics.

Logien W  on 7/15/2020 4:49:48 AM

My name is Logien Waleed I am a high schooler, 16 years old and turning 17 in 2021 and I live in Egypt, Where it is really hard to get a scholarship or Financial aid, So I have followed multiple ways to pursue my aviation career, by working 2 jobs:1 part time and 1 full time. and started practicing my English and French and started learning Spanish. Furthermore, I am a very determined person and will always try to reach my goal of being a pilot. I already started studying PPL Theory online so I already have an idea about what is aviation and PPL.

Matthew P  on 7/3/2020 3:46:28 PM

My name is Matthew Poynot, I live in Lafayette Louisiana and I am aspiring to be a fighter for the United States Air Force and I want to get my PPL before enlisting. This scholarship would help me greatly with this pursuit.

Jordan L  on 6/28/2020 2:47:18 PM

Hello! I am Jordan Limon, I am entering my senior year in High School, I plan on becoming a pilot, I have been going through the process of obtaining a private pilot license, I plan on attending Cochise college aviation program in Douglas, Arizona. I have high hopes and need to get through to become what I want to be.

Sanjana Gulati  on 5/12/2020 9:51:11 AM

Waiting for this :)

Nwachukwu E.A  on 5/6/2020 3:43:15 PM

My name is Nwachukwu Edith Adaobi I aspire to venture into the aviation industry This scholarship would enable me achieve my goals

Joshua H.  on 5/4/2020 12:08:13 PM

My name is Joshua Hostetler, I live in Las Vegas Nevada and aspire to pursue a career as an Air Force Fighter pilot through Embry-riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott AZ. gaining this scholarship is the only thing awaiting my future success.

Lucas W  on 5/4/2020 8:46:19 AM

Hello, My name is Lucas Wolfe and I am a soon to be a graduate of the 2020 class at New Albany High School in Indiana. I have been accepted into the aviation program at Vincennes University/Purdue. I aspire to become a pilot and am very excited about the opportunity to begin my journey this coming August. The first two years are accelerated and i will achieve all of my ratings during this time. The cost which will be significant, will all be on me. It would be of significant help, to get any scholarship assistance that I could receive.

Mishuk Turja  on 4/26/2020 1:29:34 PM

Hello. I have been dreaming of flying since the day i saw an Airplane . I love aviation and ill do anything to achieve my Dream. My dream is to become a Fighter Pilot in the USAF. My parents dont make enough to support me at college. I already got my Private Pilot’s license through an Air Force Scholarship. I also plan on going to the University of North Dakota to achieve my flying feat

Kenny H  on 4/22/2020 7:23:43 AM

I feel I have above all others, the passion and enormous desire to be an aviation pilot. My dream career, for as long as I can remember, has been to be a helicopter pilot for Life Flight, Fire Control and Rescue or any other services to help and benefit humanity. This Scholarship will not only help achieve my dream but help others in knowing that my life is dedicated to the betterment and compassion for mankind. In every capacity. Please award me this opportunity to prove me to be the best choice for this epic industry!

Jack A  on 3/19/2020 6:03:08 PM

My name is Jack Anderson, I live in anchorage Alaska and aspire to pursue aviation through Gallatin college at MSU. This scholarship would help me greatly because many academic scholarships I achieved can not be used through Gallatin college.