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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.

Cdr. John Paradiso Scholarship for Women in Aviation/Aerospace

The two daughters of Naval Commander John Paradiso, a WWII aviator, have established an endowed scholarship in their father’s name to benefit young women who have a sincere interest in pursuing their dreams of flight. One annual award of approximately $750.

AFCEA STEM Major Undergraduate Scholarship

Eligibility: NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Scholarships of varying amounts will be awarded to students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors or related fields. Students must be attending full-time in an eligible undergraduate degree program with a GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Qualifying STEM Majors include: electrical, computer, chemical, systems, or aerospace engineering; computer science; computer information systems; technology management; management information systems; physics; mathematics; bioinformatics; or other majors related to the mission of AFCEA. Important: In addition to the online application, other required documents include: current transcript issued by the school Registrar's Office and at least two letters of recommendation from relevant faculty. Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately. Letters will be addressed to: Mr. Fred H. Rainbow Vice President and Executive Director AFCEA Educational Foundation 4400 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, VA 22033 An official transcript reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date - electronic submission preferred. If electronic submission is not possible, please send official document to the AFCEA address listed above to arrive by the deadline date.

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.

AFCEA Scholarship for Working Professionals

The AFCEA Scholarship for Working Professionals will provide $1,500 to those students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree while employed in the science or technology disciplines directly related to the mission of AFCEA. Undergraduate candidates must be at least second-year students attending an accredited college or university in the United States. Graduate students must have completed at least two postgraduate-level classes prior to the deadline date. The scholarship is intended for students attending school on a part-time basis, whether at a two-year community college or accredited university institution. Part-time status will be defined as enrollment in at least two classes per semester with a declared major in a science or technology degree program. Students enrolled in online or distance-learning programs will be eligible, as long as all other criteria are met. Eligible students must also be currently employed (see above). Eligibility: Candidate must be a U.S. citizen, attending an accredited college or university in the United States as either a traditional or distance-learning student, and majoring in electrical, chemical, systems or aerospace engineering; mathematics; physics; technical management; computer information systems; computer science or related fields. Undergraduate applications will be accepted from sophomore, junior and senior students - minimum second-year students please. An overall GPA of 3.4 is required. Graduate applications will be accepted from students who have completed at least two postgraduate-level courses and are enrolled in an eligible degree-granting master's degree program. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Educational Foundation via the email below. Contact Info: Name: Norma Corrales Phone: (703) 631-6149 or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6149 E-mail: scholarship@afcea.org

United Parcel Service 757 Type Rating Scholarship

Minimum Requirements 1. Applicant must be a dues-current member of OBAP. 2. Have a minimum of 1500 hours total fixedwing pilot time. 3. Have a minimum of 1000 hours pilot in command (PIC) in fixed wing jet and/or fixed wing multi-engine turboprop.* 4. Applicant must submit a current resume. 5. Applicant must submit two (2) "Letters of Recommendation." 6. Applicant must currently have a FAA First Class Medical Certificate, and have authorization to study in the United States. 7. Submit a one page essay stating your interest in the Type Rating Scholarship.*Pilot in Command, per FAR 1.1, means the person who has final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of the flight; has been designated as the pilot in command before or during the flight; holds the appropriate category, class and type rating, if appropriate for the conduct of the flight.UPS reserves the right to amend, suspend, rescind or terminate the scholarship for any reason after it has been awarded.

AOPA Student Pilot Scholarship

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training. If the applicant is a full-time student enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university, she/he must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). In addition to the essay outlined in the WAI scholarship requirements, the applicant must include a separate 300-word essay expressing her thoughts on general aviation's role in supporting the nation and local communities. The applicant must also have obtained a student pilot certificate by the scholarship application deadline and provide a copy of the certificate. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Funds will be paid directly to the recipient and must be used within one year of the award. 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)

American Society of Naval Engineers Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in one of the following areas of study: Architecture, marine, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, ocean, electrical and electronic engineering, and physical sciences. 2. Must be entering their last year. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.navalengineers.org/Programs/Scholarships/sc_info.htm for more information and an application form.

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in engineering. 2. Must be a full-time student. 3. Must not be a member of the American Helicopter Society. 4. Must be pursuing a career in the vertical flight industry. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.vtol.org/vff.html for more information and an application form.

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)

Square Cow Movers Scholarship for Community Impact

Any eligible student is welcome to apply, whether you have extensive experience giving back to your community, or just a little. In addition to the general application (which can be found here), each candidate must submit an essay that details their views on various businesses’ impact on local communities, as well as illuminates your ideas and/or beliefs on how organizations can properly impact their own communities. Length: 1,800 words minimum 2,500 words maximum Topic: In your own words, how do you think a business can help out the community in an ethical way? If you owned a business right now- what would it be? And how would you use that company to positively impact your community? References: Please use examples and insights from your own experiences, as well as cite any resources you use for data or statistics.

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