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The academic field of aviation incorporates several educational and training pathways to joining this exciting industry. Two majors that are popular are aviation management and avionics technology. Continue reading below to learn more about this field and about the world of aviation scholarships.

Avionics maintenance and technology is most often offered at either the certificate or the associate degree level. In these programs, you'll study avionics systems as you learn about installation, integration, in-aircraft testing and troubleshooting methods. 

These programs are usually designed to prepare degree candidates for entry-level bench technician positions in the aviation industry. They are often offered at technical or community colleges. Among other things, this will mean lower tuition costs for you as compared to most 4-year colleges or universities. 

Another avenue into this industry is aviation management. Here you'll learn the art and science of managing aviation industry operations and services. As you train for professional administrative positions in the aviation industry you will learn about the technical and managerial skills that are needed to succeed in this arena. These programs can be found at the certificate, associate and bachelor's degree level. There are a small number of programs that are offered in a distance-learning format.

Graduates of either an aviation management or an avionics technology program will most likely seek employment with commuter airlines and airports. Other potential employers include federal and state governments, aircraft manufacturers, flight simulator companies and delivery companies such as UPS or Fed-Ex.

The employment outlook for positions in the aviation industry is not that strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians will only see a 6% increase in jobs between now and 2020. This is slower than the average for all occupations. This slow growth will be largely the result of the outsourcing of maintenance work to other countries. Job opportunities will be best for those with a bachelor's degree and those willing to relocate.

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of aviation scholarships.

USAIG PDP Scholarship

1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. 2. At the time of application, applicant must be officially enrolled for the academic year at an NBAA - and University Aviation Association (UAA) - Member institution in an aviation-related program. Contact the department head or adivsor for the institution's NBAA and UAA membership numbers. This application is not complete if these numbers are missing. 3. Applicant will be an undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior in the academic year enrolled in an aviation-related two-year, four-year, or postgraduate degree program that incorporates the NBAA PDP. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to distribution of the award. 4. Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Aviation Technology Scholarship

All applicants must be Pennsylvania residents and must attend school in Pennsylvania. Applicants must be enrolled in any of the following: high school, a two or four year college program, or an Aviation Technology Program. This scholarship cateogry includes: Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance, Avionics and Aerospace Engineering.

Corporate Aviation Management Committee Scholarship

The Corporate Aviation Management Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in cooperation with sponsor The VanAllen Group, offers the Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference.Attendance at the NBAA Leadership Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Those who currently work in the business aviation industry or attend a university-level aviation program are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based upon the career planning and progress of the individual toward a career in business aviation.This scholarship will be given by January 31 and will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA and its sponsor. Each recipient will be granted up to $850 in funds to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference. Funds awarded may be used to cover registration, travel, lodging and/or other expenses associated with Leadership Conference attendance. NBAA scholarship applicants are limited to receiving one award per person, per year.

Lee Tarbox Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship will be available to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. Scholarships are awarded without regard to sex, race, creed, religion, age or country of origin. All scholarships are based on merit with restrictions. Scholarship applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 point scale) to apply for a scholarship. Selection factors include expression of mechanical ability, aviation interests, class attendance, motivation, technical aptitude, scholastic record, responsibility, and commitment to the aviation industry. Scholarships do not apply to pilot training, instrument ratings, or air traffic control programs.

NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship

The Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee of the National Business Aviation Association is dedicated to promoting education as a means for individuals to increase the professionalism of their positions. To further this objective, NBAA offers a Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarship in conjunction with five corporate sponsors: Exxon Company and the Avitats, Flight Support, Million Air, Air Routing and Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

Donald Burnside Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a U.S. citizen. 2. Be of senior standing at the time the application is submitted with at least one semester/quarter to be completed after September 1. 3. Have achieved academic proficiency (grade point average) at time of application of 3.25 or better (on a 4.0 system). 4. Be enrolled in a baccalaureate level, non-engineering aviation degree program at a four-year institution and plan to continue the following year (community college students are eligible when they have transferred to a four-year insititution). The applicant's college must be listed as an organization described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. 5. Submit a 250-word maximum typed, double-spaced paper on How could FBOs increase the saftey of renter pilots? Your suggestions should take into account the real world factor of time and financial realities. 6. Application must be accompanied by an official transcript from applicant's college or university. The Registrar's Office can mail your official transcript to the below address or place in a sealed envelope so you can mail with your application form.

Russell T. MacFarlane Scholarship Program

Each year, a total of $5,000 in scholarship and internship awards is offered from the Russell MacFarlane Scholarship Program endowed funds. The number of young people receiving awards is dependent upon the annual determination of need as identified through the application process. Awards may be made for 1) EAA’s Air Academy Summer Camp attendance (scholarships may range from $500 to $1,000 dependent upon the youth’s individual requirements); and, 2) Air Academy Internships, a work/career opportunity working as an integral member of the summer Air Academy staff (awards generally range from $1,200 to $1,500).

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

Annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing careers in some technical aspect of the helicopter or vertical-flight engineering. Open to Junior and Senior level undergraduate students interested in pursuing engineering careers in the helicopter or vertical flight industry and graduate students. Applicants must be full-time students at accredited schools of engineering.

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.

Wilfred M. Wiley Post Aviation Management Schp

All applicants must be Pennsylvania residents, however, you may attend school outside of Pennsylvania studying aviation management. This scholarship includes management of Airlines, Airports, FBO's, and Air Traffic Control. Students may be enrolled in: High school, a two or four year college program, or an Aviation Technology Program.

Rockwell Collins Scholarship

Available to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program. Please Note:  Scholarship monies must be used to cover the cost of tuition, books and/or tools only.  Scholarship monies cannot be used for any type of flight training or air traffic control programs.  Scholarships will be made payable to the recipient and his/her school, and must be endorsed by both parties.  Scholarship monies will not be disbursed until the student has enrolled per the scholarship sponsor’s criteria (verified by the school’s business office).  All scholarships are merit based with restrictions.  Scholarship applicants must have at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

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