Aeuronautics Scholarships

aeuronautics-scholarshipsIf you’ve ever daydreamed about designing aircraft structures or sitting at the helm of the cockpit, then aeronautics scholarships can be a great way to transform your dreams into an actual career. Aeronautics degree programs are designed to help students take their future to new heights within the in-demand aviation and aerospace industries. Students with an aeronautics major often wish to enter careers in aviation safety, air traffic control, aeronautical or aerospace engineering, piloting, aircraft maintenance, and other exciting areas. In order to help you take off on your educational endeavors and land in a rewarding career, below we’ve highlighted 20 of the best scholarships available to undergraduate or graduate aeronautics students.

1. AAAE Foundation Native American Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Foundation, the Native American Scholarship is granted annually for $1,000 to Native American or Alaskan Native college students who are currently enrolled in an aviation or aeronautics degree program at an accredited U.S. institution. Eligible applicants must have at least junior class standing, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and be committed to a career in aviation management. Applications must include a recent transcript, at least one recommendation letter, financial need information, and a one-page typed personal statement stating academic goals in aeronautics.

Contact

AAAE Foundation Native American Scholarship
P.O. Box 2810
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(856) 616-9311
[email protected]

2. Amelia Earhart Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: November 15th

Founded in 1938 in honor of the famed pilot and Zontian, the Amelia Earhart Graduate Fellowship is awarded each year by Zonta International Foundation to provide $10,000 to outstanding female students who are pursuing a Ph.D. degree in aeronautics, aviation, or aerospace engineering. Qualified applicants must be enrolled full-time in an approved doctoral program, demonstrate a superior academic record, and be actively involved in research related to aeronautics. Candidates are asked to submit official college transcripts, an employment history, at least two letters of reference, proof of enrollment, and a personal essay.

Contact

Amelia Earhart Graduate Fellowship
1211 West 22nd Street Suite 900
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 928-1400
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

3. Ann Wood-Kelly Scholarship

Deadline: March 30th

In honor of a noted World War II aviatrix who served with the British Air Transport Auxiliary and later became the first female VP of Pan American Airways, the Ann Wood-Kelly Scholarship is given each year for $2,000 by the Aero Club of New England (ACONE). Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, reside within New England, be at least 16 years old, exhibit financial need, have exceptional scholastic ability, hold a current Airman Certificate, and intend to pursue a professional career in the aviation field. Applicants must submit a signed application, school transcripts, proof of citizenship, two recommendations, and a flight time record.

Contact

Ann Wood-Kelly Scholarship
P.O. Box 183
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 532-4209
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

4. Charles H. Grant Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 30th

Sponsored by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the Charles H. Grant Scholarship Program is designed to award up to $5,000 to academically talented graduating high school seniors who have actively participated in the aeromodeling field and wish to start a career in aeronautics. To qualify, candidates must be graduating from high school this year, have been AMA members for at least 36 consecutive months, be accepted at an accredited U.S. college, and be committed to community service involvement. Applications must write a short personal essay describing the models they’ve built and flown as well as any contests they’ve won.

Contact

Charles H. Grant Scholarship Program
5161 East Memorial Drive
Muncie, IN 47302
(765) 287-1256
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

5. Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: November 17th

In the amount of $5,000, the Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship is presented annually by Women in Aviation International (WAI) to outstanding female college students who are earning a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, or another related engineering field. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution, have junior or senior standing, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and be inspired for a career in aeronautics. In addition, recipients will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the Annual WAI Conference.

Contact

Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship
3647 State Route 503 South
West Alexandria, OH 45381
(937) 839-4647
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

6. Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award

Deadline: April 17th

Administered through the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award is distributed each year for $2,000 to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted and will be enrolled full-time in an aviation or aeronautics program at any U.S. university this fall. Along with the completed application form, students must submit an official transcript showing a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, two recommendation letters, a list of their extra-curricular activities, and a 750-word essay explaining what aeronautics means to them.

Contact

Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award
1400 K Street NW Suite 801
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-1500
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

7. Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st

Each year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) offers the Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship for $1,500 to college students currently enrolled full-time in an accredited university in the United States to earn a degree in aeronautics, astronautics, aerospace engineering, aviation, or a related field. Eligible applicants must be AIAA members in good standing, have completed at least one college semester, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and have unmet financial need. Applications must be accompanied by three letters of reference, official college transcripts, and a maximum 1,000-word career goal essay.

Contact

Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship
1801 Alexander Bell Drive Suite 500
Reston, VA 20191
(800) 639-2422
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

8. Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship

Deadline: June 15th

In honor of an aeronautical engineer who oversaw the original construction of the Honolulu International Airport, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island is proud to deliver the Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship each year for $1,000. Qualified candidates must be Hawaii residents who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an aviation or aeronautics program at an accredited college or vocational school. Interested students should complete the written application, prepare a two-page essay describing their hopes in aviation, provide verification of enrollment, and submit two recommendation letters.

Contact

Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship
319 Lexington Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 441-1000
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

9. General James H. Doolittle Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 25th

In collaboration with the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders has created the General James H. Doolittle Scholarship Fund to award $5,000 annually to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in aeronautical engineering or aerospace science. Qualified individuals must have completed at least 52 college credits, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, have U.S. citizenship or legal residency, be in need of financial support, and attend an accredited U.S. institution. Along with the application, candidates should attach two letters of recommendation, an academic transcript, and a scholarly paper showing their passion for aeronautics.

Contact

General James H. Doolittle Scholarship Fund
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 750-4222
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

10. Gogo Business Aviation Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Since 2012, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Foundation offers the Gogo Business Aviation Scholarship to award $2,500 to graduating high school seniors and/or college students who are attending an accredited school in an aviation, avionics, aeronautics, or aircraft repair program to pursue a career in the aircraft maintenance industry. Eligible students are asked to complete a signed application, attach a recent transcript, describe their aviation career goals, and write a 300-word typed essay on what the term “NextGen” means. Recipients must agree to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 while using the funding to pay for tuition or tools.

Contact

Gogo Business Aviation Scholarship
3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 347-8400
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

11. John Leland Atwood Graduate Award

Deadline: January 31st

Also funded by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the John Leland Atwood Graduate Award is presented annually for $1,000 to outstanding graduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited aeronautics or astronautics-related program in the United States. To quality, applicants must have completed at least one full-time semester of graduate studies, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.3, and have AIAA membership with good standing. Applications must include official graduate transcripts, a maximum 20-page aeronautical research plan, three recommendation letters, and a 1,000-word career goals essay.

Contact

John Leland Atwood Graduate Award
1801 Alexander Bell Drive Suite 500
Reston, VA 20191
(800) 639-2422
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

12. Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st

Four times each year, the Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship is granted by the American Flyers to young men and women who are advancing their training in the aviation profession by completing 120 hours of academy classroom instruction and 10 hours of dual flight training. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a Private License and Commercial License, maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, show good communication skills, and express a sincere desire to advance their career in aviation. Applications must include a 300-word personal essay, a single-page outline of educational goals, three letters of recommendation, and license copies.

Contact

Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship
32535 Wolf Branch Lane
Sorrento, FL 32776
(800) 268-6198
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

13. Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

Through the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship is distributed for up to $5,000 each year to multiple students enrolled half-time to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to aeronautics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, attend an FAA-approved institution, be pursuing a career in aviation, and have at least 30 semester hours still to be completed. For consideration, applications must include official college transcripts, answers to two leadership questions, one 500-word personal essay, and two letters of recommendation.

Contact

Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship
1101 King Street Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-2430
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

14. Michael Blume Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

As part of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Michael Blume Memorial Scholarship is granted for $1,000 each year in honor of a devoted air traffic controller with the FFA for over 24 years and pilot who logged nearly 10,000 flight hours before passing away in 2014. Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled in an aviation-related degree program, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above, submit two letters of recommendation, and write a one-page typed essay outlining their career plans within the aviation industry. Preference will be given to students with permanent residence in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Contact

Michael Blume Memorial Scholarship
3000 Poberenzy Road
Oshkosh, WI 54902
(920) 426-4800
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

15. NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31st

Annually, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers the Aeronautics Scholarship Program to deliver $11,000 in tuition assistance with a $35,000 stipend over two years to promising undergraduate and graduate students who have a declared STEM major with career interests in aeronautics. Qualified candidates must be pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in areas related to aeronautics at an accredited U.S. university. In exchange, recipients will complete a 10-week summer internship at an Aeronautics NASA center conducting research on issues critically important to the aeronautics community.

Contact

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program
NASA Headquarters Suite 5R30
Washington, DC 20546
(650) 604-6958
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

16. National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships

Deadline: April 15th

Within the National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund (NGPA-EF), there are several scholarships offered each year for up to $6,000 apiece to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have a desire to develop professional aviation skills for a bright career in aeronautics. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, have earned a private pilot certificate, be pursuing an aviation or aeronautics program at an accredited college, and be actively involved the LGBT community. Recipients will be chosen based on their academic record, motivation, teamwork, leadership ability, attitude, history of achievement, volunteer work experience, and aviation accomplishments.

Contact

National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships
P.O. Box 11313
Norfolk, VA 23517
(347) 762-6472
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

17. Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship

Deadline: May 15th

Funded by the University Aviation Association (UAA), the Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship is awarded annually for $2,000 to young men and women who are enrolling full-time at a UAA-member institution with a major related to aviation, aeronautics, or aerospace sciences. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have achieved at least sophomore-level standing, demonstrate a love for aviation, show leadership abilities in community involvement, and possess a minimum major GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to any former or current military service members who have served in the Air Force or Air National Guard.

Contact

Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship
2415 Moore’s Mill Road Suite 265
Auburn, AL 36830
(334) 528-0300
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

18. Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Awards

Deadline: December 26th

Since 1989, the Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Awards have been granted by the National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) to provide $1,000 to full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in an aviation or aeronautics degree program. Qualified candidates must be in their sophomore or junior year, attend an accredited four-year university in the United States, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate a strong interest in a career in general aviation. Applications must be submitted with an official transcript, one letter of recommendation, and a personal essay indicating career goals by the last Friday in December.

Contact

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Awards
818 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 774-1535
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

19. Taking it to the Sky Scholarship

Deadline: December 1st

Newly created for 2015, the Taking it to the Sky Scholarship is offered by the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) to award $500 to two female college students who are pursuing a degree in aviation, aviation maintenance, aeronautics, or another aero-related field full-time. Qualified applicants must have experience working in aviation maintenance, attend an accredited U.S. institution, maintain good academic standing, have financial need, and write a 200-word personal statement describing their future career plans. Recipients will also be given an all-expense paid trip to attend the Women in Aviation Conference.

Contact

Taking it to the Sky Scholarship
2330 Kenlee Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45230
(386) 416-0248
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

20. Thomas E. Pitzer Aviation Maintenance Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

At the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the Thomas E. Pitzer Aviation Maintenance Scholarship was founded to award $1,000 to worthy students who are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in aviation or aeronautics with FFA A&P Certification. Eligible applicants must be graduating from a public high school in Oregon, carry a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, have U.S. citizenship, plan to attend an FFA-approved school within Oregon, and showcase a need for financial assistance. Recipients are required to sign a commitment that they will work at least three years in the aviation maintenance industry.

Contact

Thomas E. Pitzer Aviation Maintenance Scholarship
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 434-4185
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

Earning a degree in aeronautics often leads to a great ROI with a high-paying annual salary potential of $105,450 for aerospace engineers, $129,600 for airline pilot, or $118,650 for air traffic controllers. However, you’ll still need to afford anywhere from two to six years of post-secondary schooling to reach for the stars in aeronautics. If you need extra funding, apply for some of these aeronautics scholarships and let your career soar towards the sky!

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