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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.

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.

Lindbergh Grant

Lindbergh Grants are awarded to individuals for research or public education projects, not to affiliated organizations for institutional programs. The Foundation welcomes candidates who may or may not be affiliated with an academic, non-profit institution or for-profit organization. The Lindbergh Grants Program is international in scope. Citizens of all countries are eligible. Letters of request, applications and Endorser's Reports and required progress and final reports must be submitted in the English language. The Foundation does not provide support for overhead costs of institutions, tuition or scholarships.

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Must have completed at least one academic quarter or semester of full-time college work. Must have college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. Must become a member of AIAA before receiving a scholarship award. Applicant's scholarship plan shall be such as to provide entry into some field of science or engineering encompassed by the technical activities of AIAA. Applicant shall not have, or subsequently receive, any other scholarship award which, when combined with the AIAA award, would provide a stipend greater than their tuition plus educational expenses (such as books, lab fees, etc.) estimated by the educational institution he/she plans to attend. Sophomores and juniors who receive one of these awards are eligible for yearly continuation of the awards (until completion of their senior year) provided they maintain at least the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have excellent references, and submit well defined aerospace/aeronautical career goals. It should be stressed that regardless of GPA, renewal is not automatic. To apply for renewal, an individual must submit a completed application, career essay, official transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from a professor from the student's university or college. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Zieve Family Michigan Scholarship

This fund provides 75% to 100% tuition for a youth from Michigan to attend an EAA Air Academy session. It was established by Joel and Ann Zieve, business owners and aviators in West Michigan, to encourage students with a passion for aviation to pursue their dreams and not let any challenge (financial or otherwise) get in their way.Special Considerations: Michigan residents; financial need; GPA of 3.0 or better.

American Airlines/Envoy Engineering Scholarship

American Airlines/Envoy will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering with a passion to work in the airline/aviation industry. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, community service involvement, and future career aspirations. Requirements: Meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, GPA 3.0 or higher, enrolled in accredited U.S. engineering program through a college or university, U.S. citizen or permanent resident. American Airlines and Envoy Maintenance & Engineering divisions are vital to the companies' commitment to provide safe, dependable, and friendly air transportation to their customers. As such, they seek to attract top engineering talent who share their passion and interest in the aviation industry. Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. See website for deadline of application.

Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship

Target Candidate: Current or aspiring business aviation maintenance technicians and military personnel transitioning to business aviation Award Designation: Training awards Award Amount: Various – review the application Application Deadline: Typically March Notification/Award Period: Announced in April U.S. Citizenship/Permanent / Resident Status Required? Yes Other Requirements: Aspiring or current maintenance technicians and military personnel transitioning to business aviation who have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others

Daniel Alksne Memorial Scholarship

College/Department: Engineering - Aerospace For an enrolled student in engineering, preferably one in the field of aeronautics.

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.

Airline Career Training, LLC - FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher Class Scholarship

Online Course (Online + 74-hour classroom instruction) Airline Career Training, LLC is an FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher School located in Monterey, California. Our FAA approved Online Course is completed in two sections: 1) Completing the Online Course work and then passing the FAA ADX Written Knowledge Exam. Once you receive your log in credentials you have 12 months to complete the 126 hours of independent study online instruction at your own pace. The FAA Exam can be completed at any CATS or PSI/Lasergrade testing site near you. 2) Once you have passed this FAA Written exam you can schedule your 2-week "in classroom" practical instruction to prepare for your FAA Oral Exam. These exams take place at the end of your instruction. All candidates must be able to read, write, speak and understand English and must be 23 years of age. Since this course is considered "Continued Education" in the State of California, students must have either aircraft operations experience, airline experience, an aviation degree, a pilot license, or have some other aviation career needing this certificate to enhance their aviation career. This ACT scholarship does not include FAA testing fees, housing, or meals. Students have one (1) year to complete all online training and "in classroom" instruction. (Scholarship value $2,990)

NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and The NORDAM Group annually award $2,500 to an undergraduate who is officially enrolled as an aerospace engineering or aeronautical systems maintenance engineering major at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

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