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.

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Sons or daughters 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 [...] More

Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • One 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 essay giving their reasons for [...] More

Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • 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

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2021
  • Amount: $9,000
  • The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • 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 with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in general aviation, [...] More

LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • 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

National Aviation Explorer Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Navigate Your Future Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/25/2021
  • 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 to [...] More

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/25/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for the Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, applicants must be undergraduate sophomores or juniors enrolled full-time, have a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation. Recipients will be notified by the end of April and all other applicants will be notified by mid-May. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2021
  • 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: 6/15/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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

Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $15,000
  • To be eligible for consideration for a Tailhook Educational Foundation scholarship, an individual must be a high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild of a current or former (U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps / U.S. Coast Guard) Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Naval Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children/grandchildren of individuals who [...] More

TSGC Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2021
  • 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

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Last Reviewed: September 2020

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