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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.

Europe-American Aviation Garmin G1000 Transition Course

Europe-American Aviation is awarding a scholarship for a Garmin G1000 transition course in a Diamond DA40XL single-engine aircraft. You must be a certificated pilot and a WAI member to apply. Training will take place at the Naples Airport in Naples, Florida. The scholarship will include four hours of ground training, two hours of flight simulator training, and three hours of flight training with a CFI. Students requiring more than this amount of ground, flight, or simulator training will complete this at their own expense. Lodging and travel expenses are not included. This scholarship is for applicants looking to complete a G1000 transition course only. Our training is in compliance with the rules and regulations of FAR Part 91 and is accepted throughout the United States. Scholarship must be used within a year of the award. (Scholarship value $1,800) 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)

Aero Femme Scholarship

Aero Femme is a nonprofit organization and scholarship fund. One $300 scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing any type of aviation interest, and another one to an Alaskan female resident. Our mission is to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation. Aero Femme continues to educate women of all ages about all aspects of aviation with their youth and adult outreach programs across the nation. The requirements for this scholarship include meeting all WAI scholarship requirements; you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and at least 16 years old. (If the applicant is still in high school, cumulative GPA must be above 3.50.) Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the winner's educational institution school of choice and must be used within a year. (Scholarship value $300 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)

Dassault Falcon Scholarship

Dassault Falcon is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to support a woman seeking to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in an aviation-related field. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, be fluent in English, and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in her most recent year of schooling. Applicant should submit a one-page essay detailing her current educational status, what she hopes to achieve by pursuing a degree in aviation, and her aspirations in the field. (Scholarship value $1,000) 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)

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.

Boeing Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a Whirly-Girl in good standing to attend factory approved ground and flight training for the MD500 turbine helicopter.

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)

Republic Airways "Nothing But Blue Skies" A&P Aircraft Technician Scholarship

Republic Airways Holdings will award a $5,000 scholarship to an aspiring female aircraft technician currently enrolled in a full or part time A&P program. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and community service involvement. The scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed an A&P Mechanic interview upon successfully being granted their temporary A&P certificate. Requirements: Applicants must meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines. In addition to the qualities and information above, your essay must also include why Republic Airways is your "employer of choice." Your GPA must be 3.0 or better, and you must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. maintenance program. 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)

H.P. (Bud) Milligan Aviation Scholarship

This scholarship is a $1,000 renewable scholarship presented to students enrolled in an accredited aviation program at a college, technical school, or aviation academy. Financial need is not a requirement for this award.

Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program

The Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program was established by famed aviator Clay Lacy, through an agreement with EAA, to provide a unique opportunity for students to prepare for an aviation career with a quality education. It provides up to four highly-qualified flight students the opportunity to attend a professional pilot program at the University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to earn a college degree as a professional pilot and obtain commercial, instrument, multi-engine and all fixed-wing flight instructor ratings. Participants will also live on the EAA Air Academy campus and support EAA programs, activities and events. This scholarship offering provides for an inclusion of a substantial portion of flight-related fees within each total award of up to $12,500 per year per scholarship.Special considerations: Applicants must apply for this scholarship through the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Science. Recipients must attend UND; meet FAA criteria for licensure; must have a private pilot's certificate; and, must demonstrate financial need. For information on the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Science and to obtain an application, please call 800.258.1525.

McAllister Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a U.S. citizen. 2. Be of junior or 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 What three factors would you address in improving general aviation safety? Be realistic in your expectations. Consider time, human learning, resistance to change, regulations, and economic impact. 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.

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