Aviation Scholarships and Grants

Fly into your future with aviation scholarships. Take advantage of higher education at one of more than 300 aviation colleges and schools. With the right information and preparation, you can earn aviation scholarships to help pay for your educational goals.

Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
(Gabriel A. Hartl, Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial, Full-Time Employee Student & Buckingham Memorial)
Open to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in aviation
Amount of Award: $1,500 - $2,500
Application Deadline: May 1st
Number of Awards: varies
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Air Traffic Control Association, Inc.
Attn: Scholarship Fund
1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 299-2430
Fax: (703) 299-2437
http://www.atca.org/ATCA-Scholarship

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation
Open to students(college juniors or seniors) enrolled in and plan to continue a college curriculum leading to a degree in the field of aviation
Amount of Award: $5,000 and $12,000
Application Deadline: May
Number of Awards: 10
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
FTscholarship@aopa.org
AOPA
421 Aviation Way
Frederick, Maryland 21701
http://www.aopa.org/Pilot-Resources/Learn-to-Fly/aviation-scholarships and http://flighttraining.aopa.org/ftscholarship.html

WAI
(Airbus A320 Type Rating Certificate Scholarships, Airbus Leadership Grant, Airline Dispatcher's Federation Scholarships, Airline Ground Schools, Inc., American Airlines Travel Awards Scholarships, Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship, Bombardier Lear Jet 31A pilot type rating Scholarship, Cessna "Earn a Private Pilot's Certificate" Scholarship, Cessna Scholarship for Citation Encore Type Rating, Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation Scholarship, Delta Air Lines Aviation Business Management Scholarship, Delta Air Lines Boeing B737-800 Type Rating Certificate Scholarships, Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarships, Delta Air Lines Engine Maintenance Internship, Elisha Hall Memorial Scholarships - Wright Chapter, Express Jet Airlines Regional Jet Transition Course, FedEx Express Flight Scholarship, FedEx Express Flight ATP Scholarship, FedEx Express Technical Operations Scholarship, From Rose to Rise Scholarship, If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It – Scholarship, Kathy K. Hodgkins Memorial Scholarship, Keep Flying Scholarship, New Horizons Memorial Scholarship, O D Clemmer Memorial Scholarship, Pratt & Whitney Maintenance Scholarships (6), R-W Foundation, Ride the Sun, Sporty's Foundation, Telex Flight Training Scholarship, Women in Aviation Management Scholarship, Women in Aviation, International Achievement Award, Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship, Women Military Aviators - Dream of Flight Scholarship, Yeager Award and more... )
Open to Women in Aviation, International(WAI) members
Amount of Award: varies
Application Deadline: November
Number of Awards: varies
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
scholarships@wai.org
Women in Aviation, International
Morningstar Airport
3647 State Route 503 South
West Alexandria, OH 45381-9354
Phone: (937) 839-4647
Fax: (937) 839-4645
http://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm

NHA Scholarship Fund
Open to undergraduate students interested in a career in aviation
Amount of Award: $3,000
Application Deadline: January 31st
Number of Awards: varies
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Naval Helicopter Association
The NHA Scholarship fund
P.O. Box 180578
Coronado, CA 92178-0578
Phone: (619) 435-7139
Fax: (619) 435-7354
info@nhascholarship.org
http://www.nhascholarshipfund.org/

National Aviation Explorer
(Categories: Degree Leading to an Aviation Profession, Avionics, Pilot, Maintenance and Management)
Open to Aviation Explorers studying the technologies and the skills needed in the field of aviation
Amount of Award: $3,000 - $10,000
Application Deadline: March 31
Number of Awards: 5
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Learning for Life
National Office
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75105-2079
Phone: (972) 580-2418
Fax: (972) 580-2137
http://exploring.learningforlife.org/ or http://www.explorenow.org/Portals/10/naes.pdf

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation
Open to undergraduate students who are officially enrolled at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA)-member institutions
Amount of Award: $4,500
Application Deadline: July 31
Number of Awards: 5
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
National Business Aviation Association
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 783-9250
E-mail: info@nbaa.org
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/ginocchio/
See also Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship and U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group PDP Scholarship from their website

Daedalian Foundation Matching Scholarship Program
Open to college and university students who are pursuing a career as a military aviator
Amount of Award: $2,000
Application Deadline: none
Number of Awards: up to 99
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Kristi Cavenaugh: Kristi@daedalians.org

Phone: (210) 945-2113
Fax: (210) 945-2112
http://www.daedalians.org/foundation/scholarships.htm
See also Descendant scholarships, Egan Scholarship and Funding for the Civil Air Patrol from their website

Amelia Earhart Memorial
Open to member of the 99s who are interested in training and education in aviation and aerospace, including scholarships to complete additional pilot certificates and ratings, jet type ratings, college degrees, and technical training
Amount of Award: up to $3,000
Application Deadline: March 15th
Number of Awards: varies
Contact Information:
Shelley Ventura: sventura@aldridge-electric.com
202 West Trail
Grayslake, IL
60030 USA
http://www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/scholarships.htm
See Also AE Research Scholar Grants, New Pilot Awards and The Maule Tailwheel Training Award from their website

George E. Haddaway
Might be discontinued. see their website for other scholarship opportunities. Open to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in print, film, broadcasting, design, or electronic communication and have an interest in aviation
Amount of Award: $2,500
Application Deadline: May 1st
Number of Awards: 1
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Communities Foundation of Texas
ATTN: George E. Haddaway Scholarship
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225-8146
Phone: (214) 750-4222
Fax: (214) 750-4210
scholarships@cftexas.org
http://www.cftexas.org/scholarship

AHS/Industry Annual Student Design Competition Award
An annual helicopter design competition in an effort to promote student interest in vertical flight
Amount of Award: varies
Application Deadline: Letters of intent by February
Number of Awards: Varies
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
AHS International
Ms. Kay Brackins, Deputy Director
217 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2538
Phone: (703) 684-6777
Fax: (703) 739-9279
E-mail: kbrackins@vtol.org
https://vtol.org/education/student-design-competition

Kansas Aviation Scholarship

KAAA
Open to Kansas students recommended by a member of Kansas Agricultureal Aviation Association who are interested in a career in the field of aviation, agricultural, aricultural business or engineering
Amount of Award: $1,000
Application Deadline: March 15
Number of Awards: 1
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
KAAAScolarship Committee
c/o Brenda Gross
353 K19 Hwy N.
Larned, KS 67550
Phone: (620) 285-2071
http://www.ksagaviation.org/ or http://www.ksagaviation.org/files/library/Scholarship%20packet.pdf

Virginia Aviation Scholarship

John R. Lillard VAOC
Open to Virginia high school seniors planning a career in the field of aviation, and must be enrolled or accepted into an aviation related program at an accredited college
Amount of Award: $3,000
Application Deadline: March 13th
Number of Awards: 1
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
VAOC Scholarship
c/o Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Betty Wilson
5702 Gulfstream Road
Richmond, VA 23250-2422
Phone: (800) 292-1034
http://www.doav.virginia.gov/scholarship_lillard.htm

Willard G. Plentl
Open to Virginia high school seniors who are planning an aviation career in a non-engineering area
Amount of Award: $1,000
Application Deadline: March 13th
Number of Awards: 1
Duration of Award: 1 year
Contact Information:
Plentl Scholarship
c/o Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Betty Wilson
5702 Gulfstream Road
Richmond, VA 23250-2422
Phone: (800) 292-1034
http://www.doav.virginia.gov/scholarship_plentl.htm

What Happens at Aviation Colleges and Schools?

Aviation colleges and schools provide a specialized environment for this unique learning and training experience. Aviation scholarships make it possible to prepare for a successful career in a variety of exciting fields. Both classes and hands-on training provide educational benefits to help you secure the job of your dreams. Based on your career preferences, aviation scholarships may cover all or part of your educational expenses.

How Long Will I Attend the School?

The length of time you attend aviation school depends on your career goals. An Associate Degree takes up to two years and a Bachelor's Degree takes up to four years. Specific certifications to further your career may only take a few months. Aviation programs allow you to earn a degree, aviation diploma, certificate, rating or degree to start working in this exhilarating field.

How Do I Prepare and Apply?

Preparing and applying for Aviation College is much like other institutions of higher learning. Maintain excellent grades and participate in extracurricular activities to put yourself on the top of the heap for aviation scholarships. Carefully review the application process for your chosen aviation schools. Make sure to fulfill all requirements including academic background, essays and application forms.

What Majors Are Offered?

Aviation careers are diverse with many possible majors opening up entire new worlds. Before applying for aviation scholarships, consider your preferred course of study including:

  • professional flight management;
  • power plant and airframe technology;
  • aviation electronics or aviation maintenance technician;
  • safety science to ensure safety in all aspects of flight;
  • aviation computer systems and electronic systems;
  • airport, airline and aviation management;
  • air traffic control and management;
  • aerospace administration, maintenance and technology;
  • flight dispatch and scheduling;
  • avionics management;
  • aviation science, technology and administration;
  • flight operations and management;
  • international air and transportation management;
  • professional pilot;
  • aeronautical science and technology; and
  • meteorology.

Take Flight With Aviation

Do you want to fly a plane with hundreds of passengers? Would you prefer to direct planes and control air traffic? Are you mechanically inclined to work on airplanes and aviation equipment? There are literally hundreds ways to take flight with a rewarding career in aviation. From behind the scenes to behind the controls, aviation scholarships help make your future goals a reality.