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This major is often referred to as aeronautical or aerospace engineering. These degree programs are designed to teach degree candidates the fundamentals behind  designing and building aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, deep space probes and other high-speed transportation vehicles. Aerospace engineering is an exciting major with graduates working in a cutting-edge field designing next-generation air and spacecraft. Continue reading to find out more about this major and about aerospace scholarships.

Like most engineering degree programs, with aerospace engineering your first two years of coursework consists mostly of engineering and science basics. In your 3rd and 4th years you'll enroll in your core aerospace courses. You'll take classes such as intelligent systems, space mission design, flight mechanics, aerospace propulsion and flight controls. Lectures and traditional classroom instruction will be the mode of teaching for some of the courses. You'll also have plenty of lab work and instruction. In your final year you'll most likely have a Capstone project in which you'll work as part of a team on a vehicle design project.

Many aerospace engineering programs feature degree concentrations. These include propulsion, aerospace structures, vehicle design, intelligent systems and others. If you want to specialize in advanced topics such as numerical modeling or theoretical mechanics you'll have to go to grad school. Whatever program you choose, be certain it's accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You might also want to find out what sort of labs and design facilities the college has.

The growth of job opportunities in this field should increase at a slow but steady rate over the coming decade. Research and development funded by the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies will fuel much of this growth. Also, the aviation industry will need engineers to help keep the commercial fleet in working order. For some advanced positions you'll need a graduate degree in addition to professional experience. Still, there should be plenty of career opportunities with jobs such as design engineer, flight test engineer or research engineer.

Follow the links below to begin exploring the exciting array of aerospace engineering scholarships.

Buckingham Memorial Scholarship

U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher. Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.

The United Airlines Pilot Scholarship

United Airlines would like to make a difference in the life of an aspiring airline pilot who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual that currently holds a commercial certificate with an instrument rating and is working on either a multiengine rating or CFI certificate. Must have first-class medical certificate and be enrolled in an accredited collegiate aviation program with minimum 3.0 GPA. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations, and dedication, as well as contributions to their community and service with WAI. Two letters of recommendation are required, with one having to come from a WAI member and another coming from a pilot who has flown with you. (Scholarship value $5,000 each) Submission Requirements: Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements. For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information: Official WAI application form Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies) Typed, descriptive 500-word essay Professional résumé Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

James Stafford Memorial Scholarship

Funds support one or more scholarships each year for and EAA Air Academy session or other EAA education offering. Scholarship established in tribute to EAA member James M. Stafford of Fond du Lac, WI.

Thrush Aircraft - Agricultural Aviation Scholarship

Recognizing the growing need for agricultural pilots worldwide, Thrush Aircraft of Albany, Georgia, is offering a $10,000 scholarship for ground and flight training a new pilot in a Thrush agricultural aircraft, with the goal of successfully certifying the scholarship recipient as a new and highly capable ag pilot. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have a commercial pilot certificate with tailwheel endorsement, and be willing to complete the final step in their transition and orientation training on location at Thrush Aircraft. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay outlining their career ambitions and goals, along with their current qualifications, for consideration by senior management at Thrush. Scholarship funds are to be used for flight training and course materials, and may be used for approved travel to and from the training location, and to Thrush Aircraft during the training period. The training is to be completed in one year. (Scholarship value $10,000) Submission Requirements: Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements. For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information: Official WAI application form Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies) Typed, descriptive 500-word essay Professional résumé Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

Women in Aviation, International Achievement Award

One scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college or university student pursuing any type of aviation or aviation-related career. A second scholarship will be awarded to an individual, not required to be a student, pursuing any type of aviation interest. Include in your essay how you plan to use the scholarship if awarded and what you have accomplished to date to reach your goals. (Scholarship value $1,000 each) Submission Requirements: Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements. For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information: Official WAI application form Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies) Typed, descriptive 500-word essay Professional résumé Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTION Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. ELIGIBILITY Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Current fellows may apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year and will undergo the same application and evaluation procedures as first-time applicants. Applicants must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and will not graduate before April. APPLICATION PROCESS The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April.

Craig A. Mueller Memorial Scholarship

Provides 50% tuition to attend the EAA Air Academy session or other EAA education offering. Established in memory of airline Capt. Craig A. Mueller, who paid for his flying lessons by working at Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport.

Lockheed Martin/UNCF Scholarship

Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Lockheed Martin is an industrial corporation leader which specializes in the areas of Aeronautics, Electronic Systems Information Technology & Global Services, Integrated Systems & Solutions and Space Systems. Lockheed Martin and UNCF have partnered to create this opportunity for candidates to apply for a $2,000 Scholarship. In addition, applicants will be considered for internship opportunities. This scholarship is also available to Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering majors. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: Lockheed Martin Corporation Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.lockheedmartin.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

NDSEG Fellowship Program

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible to apply. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. Applicants must receive or be on track to receive their baccalaureate degrees by the upcoming Fall. Preference to applicants pursuing doctoral study and research in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences (including toxicology), chemical engineering, chemistry, cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, materials science and engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, oceanography, and physics (includes optics). Recommended GPA is 3.0 and higher. Applications are encouraged from women, persons with disabilities and minorities, including ethnic minority groups such as American Indian, Black, Hispanic, Native Alaskan (Eskimo or Aleut) or Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian). NDSEG Fellows may choose as their fellowship institutions appropriate United States institutions of higher education offering advanced degrees in science or engineering. During part of their tenure, fellows may study or engage in research or field work away from their academic institutions if, in the judgment of the faculty, such arrangements further the fellow's education and contribute directly to the attainment of an advanced degree, and the fellow is officially enrolled and earning academic credit.

Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program

The Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program was established by famed aviator Clay Lacy, through an agreement with EAA, to provide a unique opportunity for students to prepare for an aviation career with a quality education. It provides up to four highly-qualified flight students the opportunity to attend a professional pilot program at the University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a college degree as a professional pilot and obtain commercial, instrument, multi-engine and all fixed-wing flight instructor ratings. Participants will also live on the EAA Air Academy campus and support EAA programs, activities and events. This scholarship offering provides for an inclusion of a substantial portion of flight-related fees within each total award of up to $12,500 per year per scholarship.Special considerations: Applicants must apply for this scholarship through the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Science. Recipients must attend UND; meet FAA criteria for licensure; must have a private pilot's certificate; and, must demonstrate financial need. For information on the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Science and to obtain an application, please call 800.258.1525.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Majors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the STEM Majors Application

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