Aviation Scholarships

Often one of the biggest problems for an aviation student is how to finance his education and training. Many students only know about the federal and state financial assistance programs that are open to application by any student; however, there are also a number of scholarships available specifically in an aviation-related major.

A partial listing of such aviation scholarships, compiled by the University Aviation Association, is listed below, along with eligibility criteria and the name and address of a contact to get more information about the scholarship. There are also links available to aviation organizations with additional scholarships. Aviation students are encouraged to apply for scholarships for which they are eligible, as well as to apply for the federal and state financial assistance programs for which they may be eligible. Some colleges and universities also may have scholarships open specifically to the aviation department or financial aid office of the specific college to inquire about such scholarships.

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship
One annual undergraduate scholarship open to children of deceased or medically retired ALPA pilots (not limited to aviation-related major).
Contact: Yvonne Willits
Governing Bodies Support
Air Line Pilots Association
1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

AOPA Air Safety Foundation McAllister Memorial Scholarships
Two annual $1,000 scholarships open to college students pursuing an aviation degree. Awarded jointly by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation and the University Aviation Association.
Contact: AOPA Air Safety Foundation
421 Aviation Way
P.O. Box 865
Frederick, MD 21701

Whirty-Girls Scholarship
Annual $4,000 scholarship awarded to a female commercial airplane pilot to obtain an initial or additional helicopter rating. Awarded by the International Organization of Women Helicopter Pilots.
Contact: Whirty-Girls Inc.
1725 Desale St., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards
Annual $6,000 grants to qualified women for graduate study in aerospace-related science or engineering.
Contact:  Zonta International
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 80601

Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship
Various scholarships to collegiate aviation students.
Contact: Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship Fund Inc.
2020 N. 14th St., Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22201

Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship
Five annual $1,000 scholarships to active members of the Alpha Eta Rho aviation fraternity.
Contact: www.alphaetarho.org
Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship
Attn: Executive Director
4579 Laclede Ave. - Suite 1929
Saint Louis, MO 63108

The Winfred M. Post Jr. Aviation Scholarship
Four $1,000 grants to juniors/seniors pursuing a bachelor's degree in aviation management. Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives.
Contact: Executive Secretary
4224 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

National Business Aviation Association Award or Scholarship
Up to $500 a year to aviation students of NBAA member universities or colleges.
Contact: www.nbaa.org  
Educational Programs
1200 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

International Aviation Career Scholarship
One annual $1,200 scholarship awarded to a female pilot with a commercial license and at least 250 hours of flight time, who is pursuing a career as an airline pilot. Sponsored by the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.
Contact: ISA + 21
P.O. Box 38644
Denver, CO 80238

Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association Scholarship
Two annual $750 awards, one to an aviation management major and one to a professional pilot major.
Contact: ADMA Scholarship Program
1900 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Scholarship Fund
Annual scholarship awarded to a student pursuing an A&P license.
Contact: PAMA Scholarship Committee
500 NW Plaza, Suite 912
St. Ann, MO 63074

The following are links to aviation organizations with scholarship and/or networking information:

Women In Aviation

University Aviation Association

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

The Ninety-Nines

Girls with Wings

Bessie Coleman Foundation

The following are some scholarships offered by regional aviation organizations:

Illinois Pilot Association Scholarship
One annual $500 scholarship open to students in an aviation degree program.
Contact: IPA State Headquarters
801½ South 4th Street, Apt. A
Springfield, IL 62703

Marion Barnick Memorial Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a female private pilot who is a member of the Ninety Nines and a student at San Jose State, Gavilian College, Foothill College, or West Valley College in California.
Contact: Anne Tapay, Chairperson
Marion Barnick Scholarship Committee
860 S. Blaney Ave.
Cupertino, CA 95014

Virginia Airport Operators Council Aviation Scholarship Award
One $500 scholarship and two runners-up $50 savings bonds, open to high school seniors planning a career in aviation and who have been accepted by an accredited college.
Contact: VACC Scholarship
c/o Herbert B. Armstrong
Airway Science Program
Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668

Southeastern Airport Managers Association Scholarship
Two annual awards up to $1,500 for students with a B.S. degree in an airport management or directly related curriculum.
Contact: Southeastern Airport Managers Association
Owensboro-Davies County Regional Airport
P.O. Box 1913
Owensboro, KY 42302

The following scholarships are offered by the Experimental Aircraft Association/EAA Aviation Foundation.

Contact Scholarship Program
EAA Aviation Foundation
Wittman Airfield
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3065

Teledyne Continental Aviation Excellence Scholarship
One annual $4,400 scholarship awarded to an individual displaying the potential to become a professional in any field of aviation.

EAA Aviation Achievement Scholarships
Two annual $300 scholarships awarded to individuals active in sport aviation endeavors to further their education or training.

The Bill Faick Memorial Scholarship
One annual $200 scholarship awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a continuing quality in personal, academic, and aviation pursuits.

The Wagner Foundation Professional Mechanic Scholarship
One annual $200 scholarship awarded to a student in an accredited A&P course.

The EAA Tri-State Aeronautical Engineering Scholarship
Four-year partial tuition scholarships of $1,500 a year awarded to students of Tri-State University in Angola, IN, who exhibit promise of successfully completing their Aeronautical Engineering Program.

The Spartan School of Aeronautics Scholarship
Annual full-tuition scholarship warded to applicants seriously seeking careers in aviation, includes books and equipment.

The EAA/Allison Gas Turbine Engine Awards
Two annual awards for cooperative students alternating work at the Allison Gas Turbine Engine Division of GM with pursuit of a B.S. degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.

The Herbert L. Cox Memorial Scholarship
One annual scholarship expected to exceed $800, for students pursuing a degree leading to an aviation profession who can show unmet financial need.

The Richard Lee Vernon Aviation Scholarship
One annual $400 scholarship awarded to an individual seeking improved aviation skills for recreation or a career.

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