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 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

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.

-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

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

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
Application Deadlines:
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

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

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.

-Must be between the ages of 16-23
-Must be a US citizen or resident alien
-Must not have been charged or [...] 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.

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

Technical Womens Organization Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 19, Annually
Three $1,000 scholarship awards to both FAA TWO members and Non-FAA applicants pursuing an aviation- related/technical degree. Non-FAA applicants need a TWO sponsor or can apply by becoming a TWO Associate Member. The Technical Women's Organization encourages studies or training that will advance and/or enhance an individual's career in a technical area.

All applicants must submit a signed TWO [...] 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

Last Edited: October 2015

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