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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.

Asian Pacific Community Fund - Verizon Scholarship Awards Program

The Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact in their communities. Eligibility: Students who are residents of California, Oregon or Washington OR students attending college in one of those states High School Senior who plan to enroll as a 1st year college student in a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student majoring in math, engineering, or a science (Please check website for complete listing of majors eligible for this scholarship) Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0

The Virginia Volk Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to celebrate Virginia Volk's life and accomplishments in the field of aviation. While Virginia (WAI 218) took her first plane ride at age 8, her next plane ride didn't come until she was 23 and flying to the FAA's Training Academy in Oklahoma City to begin her life-long career. While not a pilot, her love of aviation was obvious to all who knew her. Virginia dedicated 30 years of faithful service to the FAA as an air traffic controller. She was an early member of Women in Aviation, International and a founding member of the Capital Region Chapter. Virginia was a member of Professional Women Controllers (PWC) and was named Professional of the Year (1993) and Manager of the Year (1998). She was also a member of Technical Women's Organization (TWO). Virginia loved aviation and not only went above and beyond in her duties to support the safe growth of our nation's air transportation system, but also by her championing the professional growth and presence of women in the federal aviation workforce and also by her support of women in all aspects of aviation. In addition, some of Virginia's most cherished memories and honors came from the children she touched through her aviation education activities and through her work in support of the Combined Federal Campaign, the charitable organization for federal workers. WAI is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a woman who embodies the qualities that Virginia so splendidly exemplified, and who is seeking to further their education and career in aviation. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, aviation career aspirations, dedication, and contributions to their community. (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)

George E. Parmenter Aeronautical Scholarship

For a graduating senior from Cape Cod or the Islands who has demonstrated a commitment to pursue a career directly related to aeronautics. Giving limited to Barnstable, Duke, and Nantucket counties, MA.

Aero Club of New England Scholarship

A one-time scholarship of $300 offered in honor of Mr. Jim Brown, Chairman of Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Presented by the Aero Club of New England; "In this day of increasing costs, scholarship funding for our future pilots is becoming even more important in providing opportunities to our youth.”

Conrad Martin Memorial Scholarship

Provides supports for two – three young people to attend an EAA Air Academy session. This scholarship was established by EAA Chapters 170 (San Luis Obispo), 465 (Paso Robles) and 499 (Santa Maria). Marty served as a dedicated Young Eagles Coordinator for the California Central Coast Region for many years. Special considerations: Financial need.

Bombardier Aircraft Training Learjet 45 Type Rating Scholarship

In memory of those Bombardier Aircraft Training instructor pilots that have passed on, Bombardier Aircraft Training is proud to offer a scholarship for a LR45 type rating course. Upon successful completion of the LR45 pilot initial training course, the recipient will be able to conduct a 100 percent type rating checkride in the Learjet 45 simulator. The scholarship winner must, as a minimum, be a holder of a private pilot certificate with multiengine and instrument ratings. The course lasts 16 days and will be conducted in Dallas, Texas. The scholarship winner is responsible for all lodging and travel costs. Training must be started within one year of the scholarship award date. Customer support information for hotels and rental cars is available by calling 1-888-679-4200. (Scholarship value $35,000) 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)

Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program

Eligibility: Women of any nationality are eligible. Defense-related and post-doctoral research programs are not eligible. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not eligible. To apply, you must meet the following requirements: Applicants: Fellowship application Zonta Club Members Login or register. Educational Institutions: Fellowship Poster Fellowship Description Be registered in an accredited Ph.D./doctoral program in a qualifying area of science or engineering closely related to advanced studies in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering. A letter of acceptance or verification of enrollment must be submitted with the application. Demonstrate a superior academic record at a recognized university or college with accredited courses in aerospace-related studies as verified by transcripts and recommendations. Provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aerospace-related science or aerospace-related engineering as described in the application essay, research and publications. Clearly demonstrate the relationship of the research to aerospace and furnish verification of her research program through at least one of the reference letters required with the application [i.e. research supervisor or advisor must be one of the referees]. Applicant must be registered in a Ph.D./doctorate program by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Award: The Fellowship of US$6,000 may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees. Students must be registered in a Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received. 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.

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.

Republic Airways "Nothing But Blue Skies" Aviator Scholarship

Republic Airways Holdings will award a $5,000 scholarship to a female commercial pilot pursuing a professional pilot career. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship. Scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed a First Officer interview upon attainment of the company's hiring requirements. Requirements: Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines. Applicants must also be a commercial-rated pilot. In addition to the qualities and information above, your essay must also include why Republic Airways is your "employer of choice." Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States. (Scholarship value $5,000) 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)

Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course

Flamingo Air/Airline Ground Schools (AGS) will award one dispatcher training scholarship leading to an FAA aircraft dispatcher certificate. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Scholarship is for the Distance Learning Course with a six-day residency in Cincinnati, Ohio. No previous aviation experience required. (Scholarship value $3000) Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International by November 1, 2014, 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)

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