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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.

John W. Reds Macfarlane Professional Pilot Schp

All applicants must be Pennsylvania residents and must attend school in Pennsylvania. Applicants may be enrolled in any of the following: high school, a two or four year college program, or an Aviation Technology Program. Applicants applying for the Professional Pilot Scholarship shall hold at least a Student Pilot Certificate. The Professional Pilot scholarships includes all career opportunities related to actually flying the aircraft.

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.

Leadership Conference Scholarship

Target Candidate: Aviation professionals and students interested in attending the annual NBAA Leadership Conference for education about flight department management Award Designation: Monetary awards Award Amount: Complimentary Leadership Conference registration, plus $850 to cover related expenses Application Deadline: Typically November Notification/Award Period: Awarded each February U.S. Citizenship/Permanent / Resident Status Required? Yes Other Requirements: Qualified CAM exam candidates (must be eligible to take the CAM exam within two years of the scholarship award date); review CAM requirements (see website)

Bose Corporation Avionics Scholarship

Available to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to or are attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in an avionics 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.

Bendix/King Avionics Scholarship

This scholarship is 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.

Chevron Global Aviation Scholarship

Provides $1000 scholarships for up to eight students to attend EAA's Advanced Air Academy Camp; and up to four students to attend the Air Academy Basic camp (ages 14 – 15) or the Air Academy Young Eagles camp (ages 12 – 13). These scholarships are awarded to those interested in pursuing a career in aviation. Special Considerations: All applicants must be referred by a Chevron or Texaco FBO.

Lowell Gaylor Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is 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.

Major General Lucas V. Beau Flight Scholarship

Annually, the Order of Daedalians awards flight scholarships to distinguished CAP members. This scholarship is for studnets attending classes in avaiation technology at Dowling College. The completed CAP Form 95 and all supporting documentation may be submitted to National Headquarters/CP as early as April 1 and no later than January 31. Scholarships are to be awarded for the following academic year.

Hooley Scholarship

Scholarship funds to cover the costs of one or more aviation students' flying, tuition, room, and board. As a condition of the scholarship award, the recipient must work as a paid summer intern at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh and meet other criteria regarding academic excellence and skill level.

Garmin - Jerry Smith Memorial Scholarship

Available to high school, college or vocational/technical school students who plan to or are attending an accredited vocational/technical 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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