Aviation Scholarships

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.

AIAA William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
To help support promising future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs related to aerospace. The William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award is for graduate students who are researching in areas related to general aviation aircraft.

Eligibility:
-Must be an AIAA [...] More

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
One four-year undergraduate college scholarship is awarded each year. The total monetary value is $12,000, with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years provided that adequate academic standing (3.0 GPA) is maintained.

Sons or daughters of medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association are eligible for this [...] More

Ameriflight Pulling for the Future Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Ameriflight is accepting applications for scholarships to fund students in the aviation industry. These scholarships will be available for the upcoming spring semester. We are giving at least one scholarship to each of our partner schools. We have $21,000 to give away. Each scholarship awarded will be at least $1,000.

All applicants must be enrolled in a pilot or A&P mechanic program at one of [...] More

Archie C. Towle Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 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 aviation.

Eligibility:
-A resident living within a 50-mile radius of the greater Wausau area
-Able to [...] More

Atlantic Aviators Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Atlantic Aviators Chapter of Women in Aviation, International would like to encourage women and men in the Southeastern Massachusetts area to develop careers in aviation, science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. To provide resources for this, the chapter is offering two scholarships to any deserving high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores who have demonstrated an [...] More

Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
For Bill Cowden of Menomonie, WI, aviation wasn’t just a career choice, but a way of life. As a private pilot, North Dakota Air National Guard F-16 pilot, commercial airline pilot and air show performer, Bill accumulated over 7,500 flight hours in more than 85 different models of aircraft. He held a Level 1 Unrestricted Surface Level Aerobatic waiver. He loved mentoring aspiring young pilots, [...] More

Bud & Katherine Rae Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The Bud and Katherine Rae Aviation Scholarship was organized by friends of the late Bernard "Bud" Rae in 1983 to honor his many years of service to the aviation community. The purposes of the scholarship are to assist in preparation for an aviation career, to promote safety in aviation through education, training and research, to promote scientific study of aviation-related phenomenon, to develop [...] More

Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 14, Annually
GlobalAir.com is passionate about supporting the future of aviation. Whether a professional pilot who flies for a living or for the pure pleasure and satisfaction of becoming a pilot. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide $1,000 annually to four students who are dedicated to blogging on a weekly basis about flight training, flying, school and their interest in aviation.

Applicants [...] More

Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the 2016-17 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

The Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship was given by Wanda Peacock in memory of her late husband, Chuck Peacock. As the founder [...] More

Combat Medic Service Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
This scholarship program is dedicated to respecting and supporting the commitment that the CMB represents. We hope in this small way, to help CMB recipients to continue to serve their fellow man and to achieve their dreams and scholastic goals. Every life they touch they make better. For full details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Eligibility:
-Be a high school [...] More

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 25, Annually
The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship is the newest addition to the scholarship program sponsored by NATF. The fund was established in the honor and memory of Dan L. Meisinger Sr., whose career in aviation spanned 63 years. He was the founder of Executive Beechcraft, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and was twice named Beech Aircraft's Man of the Year. The purpose of this [...] More

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
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The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed [...] More

Fixed Wing Private Pilot Scholarship Applications
Application Deadlines:
The Figure 1 Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to aviation scholarships. We enable our youth to pursue an aviation career by providing the means for flight training. The foundation grants aviation scholarships for determined individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in aviation.

Scholarships offered:
1. Fixed wing private pilot license: We [...] More

GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

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 [...] More

Jeff Baum Aviation/Aerospace Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
A key segment of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame’s (WAHF) mission is the promotion of aviation/aerospace education. One way WAHF achieves that goal is by awarding scholarships. WAHF’s scholarship program began in 2002 with a single award. Scholarships are presented annually to Wisconsin residents pursuing an education in an aviation or aerospace program as a full-time student. The Jeff Baum [...] More

Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the 2016-17 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

The Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship was named in memory of Johnny Davis, president of Dallas Avionics in Dallas, Texas, who [...] More

L-3 Avionics Products Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the upcoming school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies. The L-3 Aviation Products Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending [...] More

LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadlines: 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.

Eligibility:
-Must be between the ages of 16-23
-Must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
-Must not have been charged or [...] More

Lowell Gaylor Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation will award more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $125,000 for the 2016-17 school year to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

The Lowell Gaylor Memorial Scholarship was named in memory of Lowell Gaylor, president of AvEl Co. in Dallas, Texas, who [...] More

MSPE Western Chapter Engineering scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
This scholarship is provided for graduating high school seniors who have a genuine interest in engineering.

Eligibility:
-Current high school senior
-Must be a U.S. citizen
-Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Must have minimum ACT scores of 29 math, 25 English
-Must enroll in an engineering program that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board [...] More

NATA Business Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 30, Annually
NATA is dedicated to promoting safety, professionalism, education and training as a means for individuals to advance their careers. The NATA Business Scholarship is to be used for continuing education for employees of NATA member companies. All applicable studies should be directly related to furthering the skills applicable to working at an FBO, charter company maintenance facility or flight [...] More

National Aviation Explorer Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The National Aviation Exploring Committee awards individual scholarships between $3,000 and $10,000 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.

Types of scholarships:
-Degree Leading to an Aviation [...] More

Navigate Your Future Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 25, Annually
The Navigate Your Future Scholarship is offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry. By making scholarships available, NATF's goal is to foster and promote careers in the general aviation industry.

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 [...] More

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 30, Annually
The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) established the Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Program in 1989 to offer financial assistance and encouragement to young people in the pursuit of academic excellence. By making scholarships available, NATF's ultimate goal is to foster and promote careers in the general aviation industry.

Eligibility:
-College students in their sophomore or [...] More

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
The Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship is the newest addition to the National Air Transportation Foundation's (NATF) scholarship program. The scholarship is offered to a college or university student continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

Eligibility:
-Be enrolled in an accredited college/university
-Be enrolled in a flight program through the college/university [...] More

Santa Rosa Ninety-Nines Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: 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.

Eligibility
- Any woman pilot holding at [...] More

Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Tailhook Educational Foundation is a charitable nonprofit California corporation created in February 1992. The Foundation's charter is "to educate the nation's public with regard to the history and present day activities of the United States Navy carrier aviation and its importance to our country's national security."

To be eligible for consideration for a Tailhook Educational Foundation [...] More

Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have established this scholarship program in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These seven men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to expand the exploration of space and our knowledge of the world that we live in.

These [...] More

United Advisory Scholarship Commission Scholarship - Donald R. McGee Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Donald R. McGee was Saginaw's first and most famous aviator. Donald built his own plane in 1915 and taught himself to fly after reading up on what was then available about aviation. His first plane had wings made of spruce ribs and cotton cloth and the landing gear was a set of bicycle wheels protected by a pair of skis. He was 19 when he made his first airplane flight. At age 21, Mr. McGee was [...] More

VABA Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
The VABA Aviation Scholarship is awarded to a well deserving Virginia resident High School, Technical School Senior, or College/University Undergraduate who is pursuing an aviation related career in an accredited institution. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the awardee.

Application Requirements:
-Completed and signed application and all supporting [...] More

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The American Helicopter Society's philanthropic arm, the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF), was founded in 1967. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, for the support of education in rotorcraft and vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft engineering. The Foundation's operations are made possible solely by tax-deductible donations. Each year, the [...] More

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
The National Business Aviation Association annually awards $2,500 to each of two (2) applicants pursuing careers as maintenance technicians. One award will benefit a student who currently is enrolled in an accredited airframe and powerplant (A&P) program at an approved FAR Part 147 school. The second award will benefit an individual who currently is not enrolled but has been accepted for [...] More

Last Edited: December 2016

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