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.

Calvin L Carrithers Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: August 15, 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. By partnering [...] More

AAAE Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the largest professional organization for airport executives in the world, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public use airports nationwide. AAAE's primary goal is to assist airport executives to better perform their responsibilities to the airports and communities they serve. In conjunction with AAAE's goal, the [...] More

AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The AAAE Foundation grants $1,000 each year to a number of Native American college or university students with a junior class standing or higher, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE and the program is funded by a grant from the estate of Pete Hill, A.A.E. The following selection criteria are used: [...] 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 [...] 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 (2) scholarships valued at $1,000 each to any deserving high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores [...] More

Bunny M. Connors Memorial Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: November 17, Annually
Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, MA area. She later chose to pursue her lifelong dream of flying. She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students. She went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways. The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing [...] More

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 29, Annually
This scholarship provides funding for: - College students actively enrolled in an aviation program - Students with a "B" average or higher - Students recommended by an aviation professional or NATA Regular Member - Preferably, an applicant who is a resident of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois This scholarship is due the last Friday in November. For more information, please visit our [...] More

Delta Airlines Engineering Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 18, Annually
Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree in Aerospace/Aeronautical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations and conference fee). Applicants must be [...] More

Dreams Take Flight Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Girls With Wings was founded in 2003 with the mission to promote, encourage and expose girls to the wonderful opportunities in aviation. This mission is accomplished through public speaking engagements, the interactive Girls With Wings Presentation, the interactive website, and the Girls With Wings Flight Training Scholarship program. The Dreams Take Flight Scholarship is intended to open the [...] More

GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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 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. Please do not send letters requesting applications. If you require more information, or would like to apply, please visit the [...] More

NBAA Aviation Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
The NBAA Charities scholarship program, generously supported by NBAA Member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight [...] 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 least [...] More

Technical Womens Organization Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 23, Annually
In keeping with Technical Women’s Organization (TWO) national goals, TWO, an Employee Association(EA)of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),encourages studies that will advance or enhance an individual’s career within a technical field. TWO offers five scholarships every year to individuals who are in or are pursuing a technical career. Four of these scholarships go to those within the [...] More

Texas Space Grant Consortium Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 21, 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 scholarships [...] More

The Virginia Aviation Business Association
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
The VABA Aviation Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 (Two Thousand Dollars), 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. The VABA must receive all application [...] More

William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
The National Business Aviation Association annually awards $2,500 to each of two 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 enrollment [...] More

Last Edited: August 2015

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