Aviation Scholarships

Aviation is a thrilling and vastly appealing profession. With job opportunities ranging from flying innovative aircraft to working in air traffic control, the field encompasses a wide range of interests and exciting challenges. Naturally, you are going to face some financial challenges along the way. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to obtain a degree in aviation. Scholarships and grants can defer the costs of flying and aid you in eliminating general college expenses such as tuition and books. Specific aviation scholarships exist, several of which are listed below.

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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.

AAAE Native American Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/27/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The AAAE Native Americans Scholarship is for Native American undergraduate students with a junior class standing or higher or graduate students who are enrolled in an aviation program, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Children of medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association are eligible for the Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship Program. The total monetary value is $12,000, with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years provided that a 3.0 GPA is maintained. Although the program envisions selection of a student enrolling as [...] More

Alaska Airmen Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Alaska Airmen are proud to support the growth of aviation as an industry and lifestyle. We partner with aviation legends to award scholarships each year, designed with the next generation of aviators in mind. We all know how expensive the aviation industry is, which is why we are so excited to give over ten thousand dollars towards a career in aviation. Our scholarships are as diverse as the [...] More

Austin McWhite Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The goal of the Austin McWhite Foundation is to help deserving minorities achieve their aviation career goal. Eligible applicants must: be a freshman in college; have a 2.5 GPA; and, be enrolled in an aviation program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Becky Burrows Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Becky Burrows Memorial Scholarship Fund provides aid to students who are reentering the job market, beginning "second careers,” or seeking to improve their professional skills for their current occupation by continuing their education in that field. Students must pursue courses of study that further Pilot International's mission to transform communities through education and service in the [...] More

Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship is available each year up to $1,500 to one pilot from the Midwest working to obtain higher ratings in aviation. Applicant must hold a current Private Pilot Certificate and plan to pursue advanced training in aviation, provide a professional resume, and include one letter of recommendation related to aviation skills and submit a one-page, typewritten [...] More

Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Whether flying for a profession or flying for fun, GlobalAir.com believes the world needs more pilots. We are passionate about supporting the future of aviation and helping young people reach their goals. Our scholarship platform helps connect the student pilot with a large online aviation community of pilots, engineers, flight departments, as well as serves a recruiting tool for the school [...] More

CAP Cadet Flight Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in [...] More

Captain Jeff Kuss Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Captain Jeff Kuss Aviation Scholarship, applicants must: be current Colorado Residents; be between 16-25; have a 3.0 GPA; demonstrate financial need; and, be able to pass at least a third class FAA medical examination for flight training. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Given by Wanda Peacock in memory of her late husband, Chuck Peacock. As the founder of the Aircraft Electronics Association, Peacock credited his aviation and business management skills as the cornerstones for his success in the industry. This scholarship is offered to recognize the importance of management skills and is available to a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or [...] More

Colonel Archer B. Battista Veterans Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • United States Reserve Air Force, he retired in 2001 as a command pilot in the grade of Colonel. During his military career he participated in over two hundred missions in the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and twenty Air Medals, and multiple missions to Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

    Upon completion of his active duty [...] More

EAA Post-Secondary Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The EAA Post-Secondary Scholarships are for students attending a post-secondary institution with a focus on aviation, including pilot training, aeronautics engineering, aviation management, airframe and powerplant (A&P) maintenance, and more. EAA also offers the Flight Training Scholarships for candidates not enrolled in a university program. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 or a first year student graduating from West Michigan Aviation Academy with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing [...] More

LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. foundation will award flight instruction scholarships for potential students, in order to obtain private pilot certification. Eligible applicants must: be between 16-23; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have not been charged or convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies; be fluent and literate in English; be able to attain a FAA third-class medical certificate (this [...] More

Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 1983 as a part of Pilot International to provide financial aid to a qualified graduate or doctorate student preparing for or currently working in careers related to youth development and leadership, brain safety and fitness or caring for families in times of need. Applicants must agree, in writing, to work with children with [...] More

MBTA Educational Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The MBTA has a separate 501(c) 3 charitable foundation that awards scholarships through the MBTA Educational Foundation. Most of the money raised for the scholarships comes from the Foundation’s annual Super Raffle. Preference may be given to students attending Maine universities or colleges, apart from the Millard Pray Scholarship which goes to students affiliated with CPM Constructors. [...] More

National Aviation Explorer Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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 [...] More

Navigate Your Future Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Navigate Your Future Scholarship is offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

    Eligible applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate aviation-related program at an accredited college or university. Recipients will be notified by the end of July and all other applicants will be notified by mid-August. For more information or [...] More

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship is offered to a college or university student continuing his or her education in the aviation industry. Eligible applicants must: be enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited college/university, or be a high school senior planning a career in the general aviation field; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a private pilot's license - a copy must be [...] More

Santa Rosa Ninety-Nines Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Santa Rosa 99s Aviation Scholarship awards a local woman pilot who holds at least a current private license, a current medical and a current flight review. Applicants should be planning a career in any area of aviation, with flight training or education in mind and must reside within 150 miles of Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, CA. The minimum age required is 17 years old. For more [...] More

TSGC Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 scholarships [...] More

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The $10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Since the program’s inception in 1938, [...] More
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