Aviation Grants and Scholarships
Grants and Scholarships are two ways to offset the costs associated with aviation training and education. Every year many opportunities to help fund your education are waiting to be discovered. Some even go unused because students don’t know about them. Most individual scholarships range from $500 to $2,000, however, scholarships sponsored by organizations/associations provide awards up to $35,000 for four years at a specific school. Information on institution-sponsored scholarships is traditionally available at the financial aid office of the college or university you wish to attend. Check back often for New Scholarship links.
Below are just a few of the aviation grants and scholarships available. Please use the links to get information on how to apply and find other opportunities.
Aerospace States Association
An integral part of the mission of the Aerospace States Association (ASA) is to “… support and develop initiatives that significantly enhance student and teacher education in space and aeronautics and increases the number of students in the pipeline.” In light of that component of the mission statement, ASA has established a $2,000 scholarship for 2013.
Aircraft Electronics Association
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry. Numerous scholarships are available and each range from $500 to over $35,000. Founded in 1957, the AEA represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. AEA membership also includes instruments facilities, manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, and educational institutions.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
To help students find and apply for aviation scholarships, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) maintains a list of aviation scholarships including contact information. It is intended to help students begin searching for financial assistance. The website www.BeAPilot.com, sponsored by the non-profit, individual membership association, contains a section (Dreaming of Flying) that walk visitors through the steps necessary to learn to fly.
Airport Minority Advisory Council
The Airport Minority Advisory Council Educational and Scholarship Program, Inc. (AMACESP), a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, is the sister organization of the Airport Minority Advisory Council. Its mission is to develop educational programs and information designed to increase the nationwide pool of future aviation professional, particularly minorities and women, and to contribute to the public’s understanding of the aviation industry. Services of AMACESP include: offering scholarships; conducting educational forums and seminars; research, and providing information to the public about air facilities, operations and management. Annually, AMACESP sponsors the Airport Business Diversity Conference which is touted as the third largest aviation conference in the United States (U.S.).
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
To help support our future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs. The AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Program offers scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year, and recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they reach graduation.
AvScholars promotes education and career advancement for students interested in pursuing a career in aviation. It strives to increase student awareness and access to information and resources to help them further their education and careers. AvScholars’ goals are: assist in the future of aviation through public interest and education; stimulate an interest and inform students about the various career opportunities within the field of aviation; function as a gateway to information and resources for students; and encourage and foster the exchange of information among students, parents, educators, and employers.
Brooke Owens Fellowship
The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women who, like Brooke, aspire to explore our sky and stars, to shake up the aerospace industry, and to help their fellow men and women here on planet Earth. We do this by matching thirty-six extraordinary women per year with purpose-driven, paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations and with senior and executive level mentors.
The College Scholarships Foundation is the non-profit entity behind the scholarships provided here on this site. This foundation offers many varieties of funding such as traditional scholarships for minorities and women, while also introducing popular offers such as the First Ever Blogging Scholarship.
EAA Scholarship Program
The EAA Scholarship Program encourages, recognizes and supports excellence among EAA members. Scholarships help outstanding students who demonstrate a financial need to accomplish their goals.
Flight Scholarship Info
The scholarships listed on this website are mostly one-time awards of $250-$3,000 to help defray the cost of flight training for a pilot certificate or rating. The awards on this page are not restricted to collegiate aviation students and include resources for pilots who are not eligible for scholarships available only to students. The list is compiled by an individual working towards becoming an airline pilot.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA's Johnson Space Center in collaboration with NASA’s Ames Research Center is leading the agency’s efforts to invest in the nation's STEM learners, the workforce of tomorrow, by providing opportunities that will launch a new era of learning, innovation and achievement in STEM. NASA motivates students to pursue careers in STEM with unique NASA internships, fellowships, and scholarships, or NIFS.
National Agricultural Aviation Association
The goal of the Agricultural Aviation Scholarship is to strengthen the aerial application industry by helping NAAA Operators bring new pilots into the profession.The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), founded in 1966, represents approximately 1,800 members in 44 states. NAAA supports the interests of small business owners and pilots licensed as professional commercial aerial applicators who use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and bio-fuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests.
National Business Aviation Association
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) scholarship program, supported through sponsorships, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, which is nearly matched in monetary and training awards for working professionals. NBAA offers six scholarships to qualified students studying aviation-related curricula at institutions of higher learning. The association also sponsors seven monetary and training scholarships to promote professionalism and the advancement of careers for aviation professionals, such as flight department managers, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, schedulers and dispatchers.
National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education
The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) is a membership organization that was formed in 1993. Together with the FAA, NCASE actively promotes aviation and space education while supporting schools’ initiatives at the local, state and national levels. NCASE works with aviation educators, government officials, and industry representatives to assemble education resources and use aviation to train America’s young people. The NCASE website was created as a one-stop clearinghouse for aviation education materials, listing information sources available from member organizations.
Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. We do this through core programs and businesses that support students in their education journey. (These scholarships cover a wide range of program areas and are not necessarily aviation related.)
This website contains a small sample of aviation scholarships in hopes of initiating a potential student down the path to finding scholarships and aviation education funding. Founded in 1999, Scholarships.com’s mission is to assist students and their families in finding college scholarships and to help them explore a variety of valuable financial aid opportunities. Scholarships.com states that they connect students with a proprietary database containing 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion so that students can quickly arrive at a list of awards for which they qualify. There is no charge for the service.
Information available on this webiste includes a wide range of career and salary selections in addition to new and current scholarships, academic programs, course outlines, and more. The career and salary category provides specific details on the selected career such as the typical work environment, education and certification requirements, and other qualifications.
Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)
The TAME Scholarship provides financial assistance to TAME students pursuing higher education in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related field. TAME offers seven Encana Oil and Gas (USA), Inc. Scholarships for the in the amount of $2,500.00 each and one Texas A&M University Scholarship!
Texans for General Aviation
We are accepting applications for internships which provide scholarship stipends for undergraduate and graduate applicants. Complete the general intrest application below. A TFGA Staff member will contact you regarding the application and selection process.
Texas Airports Council (TAC)
The Texas Airports Council (TAC) is a professional airport management organization providing membership services to airport professionals located throughout the State of Texas. The TAC, in memory of Juan Martinez, will maintain an academic scholarship for students who are studying aviation management and are currently enrolled in Texas colleges and universities or residents of Texas who are enrolled in a college or university outside the state.
University Aviation Association
The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation education to its members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of its members, the non-profit organization specializes in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of the aviation industry. Today, UAA has more than 600 members, including 100 accredited colleges and universities. The website has two scholarship pages, one for available UAA scholarships and another for dedicated college aviation scholarship websites.
Women in Aviation International
WAI is proud to offer a diverse selection of scholarships again this year. Check back often as new scholarships are added regularly. Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation, International. There is an award for nearly everyone here, from the college student to the woman or man returning to the workforce, from managers and dispatchers to pilots, engineers, technicians and mechanics. We could not bring these scholarships to you without the assistance of our generous sponsors and corporate members, so please remember as you fill out your applications that they are the reasons why we can offer these incredible opportunities.
Women in Corporate Aviation International
Women in Corporate Aviation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a group of aviation professionals, including flight department personnel, FBO managers, writers, students, training center professional and many others. From our first meeting at the Women in Aviation Conference 1993 to our growing organization today, we have networked and promoted career opportunities in business aviation. We are role models to the next generation of aviation professionals.
Note: Don’t limit your search just to aviation scholarships. There are many general scholarships that are available regardless of your interest of study.