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Other Scholarships

Many other excellent scholarship opportunities exist for CAP cadets. Though not affiliated with CAP, many CAP cadets have benefited from these opportunities.


ROTC Scholarships - Each military service provides a tuition-free education at hundreds of colleges across the country. In exchange for the education, cadets commit to at least 4 years of active duty, longer for pilots and other careers.

 Air Force ROTC Scholarships  –  Army ROTC Scholarships  –  Navy ROTC Scholarships - Marine Officer NROTC - Coast Guard CSPI

Cadets that are in ROTC, as sophomores and juniors, can apply for the AFCEA ROTC Scholarship.  You must have your Detachment Commander's endorsement.  

Air Force Association Scholarships - The Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship was established for minor dependents of active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard enlisted airmen. It is for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Additional information can be found on the AFA web site

Also, many local chapters of the AFA offer scholarships.  Look for a chapter in your area.

The Order of Daedalians offers scholarships through their national organization and local flights.  Check them out at this link.

Many companies offer internships and scholarships.  See below and check back as this list will grow as we learn of other opportunities



Service Academies

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

United States Military Academy – Westpoint, NY

United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

United States Coast Guard Academy - New London, CT

US Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point - NY

Major Military Colleges

Norwich University - Northfield, VT *Scholarships

Citadel - Charleston, SC

University of North Georgia - Dahlonega, GA

Texas A&M - College Station, TX *Scholarships

Virginia Military Institute - Lexington, VA                       

Aviation Related Scholarship Resources

Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Flight Scholarship Program (FSP)

Each year CAP offers small awards to help cadets pursue aviation goals. The funds can be used for anything related to aviation including ground school. For example it can be used for national or local flight academy tuition, or transport to or from the academy, or hours towards any pilot certificate with CAP or non-CAP instructor or aircraft after academy.

Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Since its inception, the AEA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, as well as technicians from AEA member companies. Numerous scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each.

Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) The AOPA offers 3 scholarship programs with more than 40 scholarship award opportunities. From earning your initial pilot certificate to attending a flight camp to achieving an aviation-related goal, AOPA scholarships are open to members and non-members ages 13 and up. Check out their current offerings at:

Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation (AMGAF) offers scholarships to student pilots and private pilots for producing a video or audio presentation on aviation. See for more information.

Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) - AWAM’s Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance & Technology.

AVIATION SAFETY MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP (SMS) Northwest Data Solutions is pleased to announce the Aviation Safety Management Scholarship from SMS-Pro. In 2006 the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) mandated that each country require their aviation service providers to adopt a formal safety management system. Since that time, we at NWDS have made it our mission to be at the forefront of aviation safety software, philosophy, and success.

We believe in driving safety by providing superior, easily accessible safety tools and knowledge to all areas of the aviation industry. Modern aviation SMS programs have dramatically increased industry safety at every level: in airports, with maintenance, on the runway, during flights, and in managerial oversight. Aviation safety is not created by one, or even a handful of people, but by every member of an aviation organization.

Chris Howell, CEO, and the rest of his team are proud to provide this scholarship opportunity in order to help young leaders drive the aviation safety future.

Aviation Technician Education Concil (ATEC) Aviation Maintenance Scholarships and Awards - Aviation trade associations and similar groups offer financial aid and support to individuals interested in pursuing or advancing aviation maintenance employment or careers.

Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) offers scholarships to promote professional development and business aviation careers. The CABAA Scholarship was established to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in their aviation studies. It is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a commitment and devotion to aviation, especially business aviation, in the tradition of the CABAA Scholarship.  

  Ken Johnson Memorial Scholarship—Graduating High School Seniors Only

  CABAA Maintenance Committee Financial Scholarship--Aviation Maintenance Major Only

  CABAA Scholarship (4) $7,500 awards available, Open to incoming college freshman through college seniors, all Majors

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) EAA’s scholarship program supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation.

Flying Musicians Association, Inc. (FMAI) Solo Program and Internship Program.  The Flying Musicians bring together two passions--aviation and music.  They offer funding and materials to support one's endeavors to solo an aircraft. Open to high school juniors and seniors who are in a school band and have the desire to fly. They also offer an unpaid internship for college juniors and seniors.  Check out their website and use the tabs on the left for more information on their programs.  FYI: Solo scholarship deadline is Jan 31st.

HELICOPTER FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL(HFI) HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry. If you are enrolled in either pilot or maintenance technician training, then review the scholarship descriptions below and consider applying for an HFI scholarship.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN HELICOPTER PILOTS (Whirly-Girls) - Deserving female aviators and maintainers can apply for over $500,000 of helicopter training and educational scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity.

Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarships

Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships

Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships

Michelle North Scholarship for Safety

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) - NBAA offers scholarships to highly qualified students studying aviation-related curricula at institutions of higher learning

National Air Transportation Foundation Scholarships (NATA)

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship - granted to college students in their sophomore or junior year who are enrolled in a full-time aviation degree program at an accredited four-year college or university.

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship - granted to an initial or primary flight training student currently enrolled in an aviation program.

NATA Business Scholarship - granted to a NATA member company employee enrolled in a continuing education program for career advancement in general aviation.

Navigate Your Future Scholarship - granted to a graduating high school senior enrolled/accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college or university.

Regional Airline Association (RAA) - RAA assists with the education of individuals studying for a career in the airline industry by providing financial support.

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship - granted to a college student, currently holding a private pilot's license, who is enrolled in a flight program through an accredited college/university with aspirations to become a pilot.

Ninety-Nines Organization (NNO) - International organization of women pilots that promotes the advancement of aviation through education and scholarships

DFW Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Scholarship Fund (PAMA) - The DFW PAMA Scholarship Fund provides support for deserving Airframe, Power plant and Avionics students and seeks to improve the training, education and reputation of individuals who are involved in aerospace maintenance and management.

University Aviation Association (UAA) - Main Scholarship page

Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship - Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded by the Frasca family in the name of their son Joseph Frasca to students currently enrolled at a UAA member college or university. Awards will be made at the UAA Awards Banquet during the Fall Education Conference.

Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship - UAA annually awards a $500 scholarship to applicants enrolled in an aviation-related curriculum at a UAA member college or university. Due June15

Paul A. Whelan Aviation and Aerospace Scholarship - Honoring Paul Whelan, this scholarship is aimed at supporting and encouraging men and women pursuing an education and future in aviation or space-related fields.

Women in Aviation, Int’l (WAI) - Aviation organization dedicated to encouraging young people to consider aviation careers. They award scholarships to members.

Collegiate Aviation Scholarship Listing - The Collegiate Aviation Scholarship Listing consolidates the publicly available information concerning collegiate aviation scholarships. The publication describes how to obtain applications for more than 700 aviation scholarship awards with a total value in excess of one million dollars.

Lt Col Dave Krebs High Flight Scholarship -

Other Opportunities

Service in the Peace Corps can provide opportunities to partially cancel Perkins loans and many other school loans offer deferments while participating as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

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