Other Scholarship Opportunities
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Go to the careers page at Textron and apply for the unique opportunities to be paid to pursue your interest in aviation process engineering or aviation maintenance. Use key word search "Civil" for the opportunities. Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing Academy attendees will have preference for these internships.
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.
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
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
Citadel - Charleston, SC
University of North Georgia - Dahlonega, GA
Virginia Military Institute - Lexington, VA
Aviation Related Scholarship Resources (links last checked 15 July 2017)
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. https://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/scholarships/flight-scholarships/
Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The scholarship application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year has passed. Please check back in October to submit applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
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: https://youcanfly.aopa.org/scholarships/
Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation (AMGAF) offers scholarships to student pilots and private pilots for producing a video or audio presentation on aviation. See http://arthurgodfreyaviation.org/arthur-m-godfrey-aviation-foundation-scholarship-contest/ 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. http://www.awam.org/scholarships
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. https://www.cabaa.com/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
Comanche Flyer Foundation Awards Scholarships (CFF) One of the goals of the Comanche Flyer Foundation (CFF) is to aid in the education of young men and women interested in a career in the field of general aviation aircraft maintenance. CFF feels that this is a most worthy goal, especially in light of the fact that our Comanche aircraft fit in the category of “aging” aircraft http://www.spartan.edu/images/Scholarship_ComancheFlyerFoundation.pdf
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
EAA’s scholarship program supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/eaa-aviation-scholarships
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. http://flyingmusicians.org/members/news.php
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.
2018 scholarships are accepted beginning September 1. The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2017. HFI will notify scholarship applicants by January 15, 2018, of their status.
Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarships http://www.helicopterfoundation.org/index.php/education/scholarships/bill-sanderson-aviation-maintenance-technician-amt-scholarships/
Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships http://www.helicopterfoundation.org/index.php/education/scholarships/commercial-helicopter-rating-scholarships/
Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships http://www.helicopterfoundation.org/index.php/education/scholarships/maintenance-technician-certificate-scholarships/
Michelle North Scholarship for Safety http://www.helicopterfoundation.org/index.php/education/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 https://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/
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.
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 advancement of aviation through education and scholarships http://www.ninety-nines.org/
Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF) Over forty (40) awards and scholarships will be awarded to AMT and avionics students in 2017. Funds and material provided to make these awards and scholarships possible are provided by seven (7) very generous aviation-related firms and organizations … and by the numerous members of Northrop Rice Foundation. The award process is administered by the Northrop Rice Foundation and the award recipients are selected by the NRF Board of Directors. http://northropricefoundation.org/2017-scholarships-and-awards/students/
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. https://tccd.academicworks.com/opportunities/1600
Regional Airline Association (RAA)
RAA assists with the education of individuals studying for a career in the airline industry by providing financial support. http://www.raa.org/?page=RAA_Scholarship&hhSearchTerms=%22scholarship%22
University Aviation Association (UAA)
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. http://www.uaa.aero/joseph_frasca_excellence_in_av.php
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 http://www.uaa.aero/eugene_s_kropf_scholarship.php
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. http://www.uaa.aero/paul_a_whelan_aviation_and_ae.php
Women in Aviation, Int’l (WAI)
Aviation organization dedicated to encouraging young people to consider aviation careers. They award scholarships to members. http://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm
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.
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.