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Aviation Scholarships

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.

Teledyne Continental Aviation Excellence Schp

Awarded to an individual displaying the potential to become a professional in any field of aviation. Must major in aviation-related studies.

Aircell 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

James Stafford Memorial Scholarship

Funds support one or more scholarships each year for and EAA Air Academy session or other EAA education offering. Scholarship established in tribute to EAA member James M. Stafford of Fond du Lac, WI.

Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship

The 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.

Candi Chamberlin Kubeck Award

The Candi Chamberlin Kubeck Award is presented annually to the Top Women Pilot in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Capt. Candi Kubeck's heroic acts and exceptional flying skills as captain of Value Jet Flight 592 are honored with this award. Candi was an NIFA competitor and team captain at Metro State College when she won the National Top Women Pilot Award in SAFECON 1981. The National Intercollegiate Flying Association Foundation is pleased to sponsor the annual $1,000 scholarship in her honor. (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)

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

Charlie Hillard Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship is in honor of Charlie R. Hillard, 1938 - 1996. The Charlie R. Hillard Scholarship provides a grant to begin or continue flight training and is open to those between the ages of 18 and 30. The Hillard family believes there are many young, deserving aviation enthusiasts, and is pleased to offer an opportunity for growth. The Charlie Hillard Scholarship Selection Committee is headed by Charlie's son and daughter, Ryan and Heather Hillard, and Charlie's wife, Doreen Hillard.

Horizon Air Scholarship

Horizon Air will award a $2,500 scholarship to a female pilot pursuing a professional airline pilot career. Applicants must be full-time students at the junior or senior level with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Candidates will be evaluated on volunteer work in the community, academic standing, teamwork, leadership skills, and airmanship. In addition to all WAI requirements applicants must also include a detailed essay (500-1,000 words, typed and double spaced), which addresses the following topics: Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in becoming a Professional Airline Pilot? Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study. Please describe your community involvement and volunteer work. What are your long term and short term career goals? Why do you feel Horizon Air should select you to receive this scholarship? (Scholarship value $2,500) 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)

Dean William Carson Air Academy Scholarship

Provides from 50% to full tuition to attend an EAA Air Academy session. This scholarship is established by the Carson Family in memory of Dean William Carson, a dedicated pilot who was passionate about life, his family, and who was a proud EAA Young Eagles pilot. Special considerations: Residents of Southern California preferred; age 14 – 18, serious intent to pursue aviation related studies beyond high school; 2.0 minimum GPA.

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.

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