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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.

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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.

Mick Schier Memorial Scholarship

Established by family and friends of Mick Schier who loved flying and who shared his love with others.Eligibility: To offset tuition costs of anyone in the area attending anaccredited flight school. Applicants must have completed ground school.Application: Contact the Marshfield Area Community Foundation for application information.Deadline: Open-ended.

Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to a female WAI member over the age of 18 from any country. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private pilot certificate. Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney lived her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. She was brilliant, strong-willed, and determined and had unwavering faith. The winner of this scholarship should embody some if not all of these characteristics. Applicants are encouraged to research Lt. Delaney and draw similarities to her. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the winner's flight school of choice and must be used within a year of receiving this award. (Scholarship value $2,000) 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)

Garmin Scholarship

Available to a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or is attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft maintenance program.

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.

Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

The WIA Foundation is pleased to provide scholarships to women interested in a career in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, math or science. One or more awards will be given each year to a rising senior in college, to be applied during the upcoming academic year. To be eligible for the WIA Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must be interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace field and be a rising junior or senior working towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering, math or science. An applicant must have completed at least two and a half academic years of full-time college work at the time of application and must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States or its territories, and plan to be enrolled in the subsequent academic year. Each applicant must have a college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be female of any nationality.

Women Military Aviators Dream of Flight Scholarship

Women Military Aviators (WMA) seeks to preserve, for history, the important role women have played in creating and supporting the American spirit through their contributions to flight, aeronautics, and space. This elite band of women has not only a love of aviation, but has put their lives on the line in defense of their country through their military service. WMA is committed to passing this legacy from one generation of women to another and has established an annual scholarship program in support of this commitment. Advocating the love of aviation, WMA offers an annual scholarship to advance a woman in her pursuit of flight ratings at an accredited institution or FAA Part 141 approved flight school. Over the past 30 years this scholarship has been given to select candidates so that they may pursue opportunities in aviation. Each applicant should supply-in addition to the basic WAI application requirements-a narrative addressing your demonstrated persistence and determination to flight and stated ability to complete training at an accredited institution or FAA Part 141-approved school within one year of scholarship award. Also identify the school, college, university, and/or Part 141 approved school where training will be completed and address the program and/or ratings being sought. Address your interest and/or participation in military aviation, and address your financial need. (Scholarship value $2,000 and one-year membership to Women Military Aviators) 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)

GARMIN International 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. 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.

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)

Yukiko Howell Memorial S.T.E.M. Scholarship

The Washington State Chapter of Women in Aviation, International offers a $1,500 scholarship for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in memory of Yukiko Howell. Yukiko taught math, science, and Japanese language for many years at Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington. After obtaining her private pilot certificate, Yukiko taught weekly aviation lessons at her school, including the basics of flying. She advocated aviation in her lessons, emphasizing math and science proficiency as a means to achieve an exciting aviation career. She used her own flight training and experience to motivate her students, and she enlisted the help of aviation colleagues to complement her own stories. Yukiko happily volunteered for the Washington State Chapter's scholarship committee and at local education and outreach events, along with volunteering at WAI conferences, Sally Ride Science Festivals, and on the Museum of Flight Women Fly planning committee. In addition to all WAI requirements the applicant shall be pursuing higher education toward a STEM career or continuing education STEM classes, be enrolled in an accredited institution (including two- and four-year colleges, technical institutes, and certificate programs), have experience volunteering in STEM or aviation-related events and/or WAI activities in the previous year, and submit an essay that includes detailed explanations of the applicant's career plans, goals, and volunteer experiences. The scholarship must be used within one year of receipt and will be paid directly to an accredited program/institution. Funds may be applied to tuition, books, or laboratory fees. Funds may not be used for housing, transportation, flight training, meals, or incidental expenses. STEM careers include, but are not limited to, science, engineering, air traffic controller, avionics technician, dispatch certification, aircraft mechanic, meteorologist, or educator for STEM. 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)

Delta Air Lines Aircraft Maintenance Technology Scholarship

Delta Air Lines will award a $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in an Aviation Maintenance Technician Program (A&P) or a degree in aviation maintenance technology. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, the recipient will receive a trip to the Annual International Women in Aviation Conference (includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and conference registration). Applicants must be full-time students, with a minimum of two semesters left with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. In addition to all WAI requirements, please include a detailed essay (500-1,000 words), double-spaced, typed that addresses the following topics: 1. Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in aviation maintenance technology? 2. What is or has been your greatest life challenge, and how has it enriched your and/or someone else's life? 3. If someone else was to describe your greatest strength, what would it be and why, and what do you consider to be your strongest characteristic and why? 4. What has been your most memorable academic experience and how did you handle this situation? 5. Why are you the most qualified candidate for the Delta Air Lines Aircraft Maintenance Technology Scholarship? (Scholarship value $5,000-estimated total value $7,000) 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)

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