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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.

Disabled Pilot International Scholarship

This scholarship is being sponsored by a team including disabled pilots and is open to a deserving person, female or male, aged 18 or older wanting to obtain a sport pilot or private pilot certificate. Include in your essay why you would like to learn to fly and how this scholarship might assist you in achieving your dream of flight. In addition to WAI requirements: 1. Provide a copy of a valid and current state driver's license (serves as the medical certificate for sport pilot) or a third class medical certificate if pursuing a private pilot certificate. 2. Provide a simple statement from a physician as to the nature of the applicant's physical disability. No medical records are to be submitted. Funds to be paid direct to the flight school. (Scholarship value $1,500) 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)

Francis Huang Memorial Scholarship

College of Engineering - Mechanical & Aerospace Sponsor: Friends of Francis Huang For more information: Call 408-924-3580 Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, in at least the junior year of an accredited university, and have the intention of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering during the interval of the scholarship. The selection for the award is made by the NSC Committee on Scholarships on the basis of the following: a. Official transcript of college record; b. Letters of recommendation from faculty; c. Accomplishments demonstrating personal qualities of creativity and leadership; d. Scholastic plans that would lead to future participation in some phase of the aerospace sciences and technology; e. Proven past research and participation in space related science and engineering; f. Personal need is considered, but is not controlling.

Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.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.

Community College Scholarship Program

The Community College Scholarship Program is open to students currently enrolled in a program of study at one of the Virginia community colleges. Students must be U.S. citizens and have completed at least the first semester of their degree program. Awards are generally made to full-time students (12 semester hours), but part-time students (6-9 hours) demonstrating academic merit are also eligible for the award. Students eligible for support can be enrolled in any community college program that includes coursework related to an understanding of or interest in technological fields supporting aerospace. This can include associates degrees related to math and science and AAA and AAS students in advanced technology fields such as, but not limited to, engineering, computers, electronics and industrial technology. Successful scholarship recipients shoudl have grade point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Since an important purpose of this program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities, females, and the disabled in aerospace-related, high technology careers, the VSGC especially encourages applications from these students.

Certified Aviation Manager Scholarship

Target Candidate: Current Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) seeking to renew their CAM credential, or qualified CAM exam candidates wishing to pursue certification Award Designation: Monetary awards Award Amount: For current CAMs, $300 to cover the cost of renewing the credential; for CAM candidates, $1,225 to cover the cost of the exam application, the CAM Study Guide and the CAM exam registration fee Application Deadline: Typically March Notification/Award Period: Awarded each June U.S. Citizenship/Permanent / Resident Status Required? Yes Other Requirements: Qualified CAM exam candidates must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the scholarship award date; review CAM requirements

Harris M. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship provides up to $850 in funds for a young person to attend an EAA Air Academy session or other EAA education offering. Established by EAA Chapter 791 (New Port Richey, Fla.), in tribute to Harris Sullivan, devoted EAA member and Lancair pilot who flew more than 500 Young Eagles throughout Florida.

The Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship

The Boeing Company will award a scholarship to a woman who wishes to advance her career in the aerospace industry in the fields of engineering, technology development, or management. The award is to be used for educational purposes only and may not be applied toward flight hours. Applicants may be full-time or part-time employees currently in the aerospace industry or a related field. Also eligible are students pursuing aviation- and aerospace-related degrees that are at the sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). (Scholarship value $2,500 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)

Dean William Carson Air Academy Scholarship

Provides from 50% to full tuition to attend an EAA Air Academy session. This scholarship is established by the Carson Family in memory of Dean William Carson, a dedicated pilot who was passionate about life, his family, and who was a proud EAA Young Eagles pilot. Special considerations: Residents of Southern California preferred; age 14 – 18, serious intent to pursue aviation related studies beyond high school; 2.0 minimum GPA.

Harlan D. Fowler Memorial Scholarship

College/Department: Engineering - Aviation For a student who will make the greatest contribution in any field of aeronautics science.

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