Aviation Scholarships

There has been interest on this website recently concerning flight training scholarships that may be available to help with costs associated with obtaining a pilot’s license. The following is a partial list of aviation scholarships that are available around the country. Where lists have been obtained from other websites, a link is provided to the original source of the list.

From AOPA ePilot:

Applications are now being taken for the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation flight training scholarship, created to encourage young men and women who wish to pursue aviation careers as professional pilots. The scholarship is open to those pursuing a pilot certificate who are not part of any college, university, or aviation program. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Hayward, Calif.-based EAA Vintage Chapter (VAA Chapter 29) awarded three $3,000 scholarships to be used toward flight training (aircraft rental and instructor) in 2012, with the goal of getting a student pilot through his or her first solo flight. The chapter usually selects one recipient, but since three applicants—Amanda Feriante, Katie Smith, and Michael Mainiero—did very well in their studies, had great references, and were very active in chapter activities, the board unanimously voted to give them all scholarships.

The following are complied from the FAA Aviation Scholarship Website:

NBAA’s (National Business Aviation Association) scholarship program, generously supported through 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 technicians. Take advantage of these offerings to ascend in your aviation career; apply for an NBAA scholarship today.  NBAA Scholarships

Women in Aviation International – Not accepting additional applications for 2013, but will begin accepting applications for 2014 Scholarships in July 2013.  WAI Scholarships

Compilation of scholarship information at The Wolf Aviation Fund.

The following information is from Aviation Schools Online:

A huge variety of scholarship programs and private grants are available to prospective pilots. It pays to look for opportunities from a wide variety of sources. The specific criteria and requirements for scholarships and grants varies. For example, some are open only to female applicants, while others may only be for beginning students. Scholarships can vary from just a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000 depending on the school chosen and degree or professional goals declared. For example, the Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program awards up to $12,500 per year to participants attending the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Some flight clubs and organizations also offer grants for training (start by checking with your local club). You can find more information on flight school scholarships and grants online. Here are a few links to get you started: