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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.

American Airlines Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship

American Airlines will award one $5,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled in an aviation maintenance technician program (A&P) or a degree in aviation maintenance technology. Candidates will be evaluated on academic standing, personal accomplishments, teamwork, leadership skills, and community service involvement. Requirements: Meet all WAI scholarship requirements and guidelines, GPA must be 3.0 or higher, enrolled in an accredited U.S. maintenance program, U.S. citizen or permanent resident. American Airlines maintenance and engineering departments are vital to the company's commitment to provide safe, dependable, and friendly air transportation to their customers. As such, they seek to attract top maintenance talent who share their passion and interest in the aviation industry. (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)

Craig A. Mueller Memorial Scholarship

Provides 50% tuition to attend the EAA Air Academy session or other EAA education offering. Established in memory of airline Capt. Craig A. Mueller, who paid for his flying lessons by working at Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport.

Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship

This scholarship provides highly qualified potential flight students with financial need the opportunity to attend a professional pilot program and participate in flight by living on the EAA Air Academy campus. A possible four scholarships are awarded of up to $12,500 each.

Women in Aviation Management Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a woman in an aviation management field who has exemplified the traits of leadership, community spirit, and volunteerism. The scholarship can be used to attend a leadership-related course or seminar to raise the individual's level of management or to establish a new aviation-related business. (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)

The French Connection Memorial Scholarship

The French Connection Memorial Scholarship is seeking a male and a female flight instructor who need financial help acquiring aerobatic training so he or she can do a better job teaching or to seek a position giving aerobatic instruction. Together, the French Connection Scholarship Committee and the recipient will select the aerobatic flight school or instructor, to ensure the level of instruction received will reflect the high standards Daniel and Montaine strived for.

Harold and Leona Boyles Memorial Scholarship

Provides from 50% to full tuition to attend an EAA Air Academy session. Established by Cecilia and Jerry Worth in tribute to her aunt, Leona.Special considerations: first consideration extended to applicants residing in Central or Northeast Wisconsin

Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Target Candidate: Undergraduate Target Area Within Business Aviation: Students pursuing a career in business aviation management at NBAA/UAA institutions who show an exceptional commitment to customer service Total Scholarship Award: $2,500 for educational costs Application Deadline: Typically August Notification/Award Period: Awarded each academic year U.S. Citizenship/Permanent / Resident Status Required? Yes Candidate Requirements: Full-time undergraduate enrollment or acceptance into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing; minimum GPA of 3.0

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)

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.

EAA Young Eagles Next Step Air Academy Scholarships

Four Air Academy scholarships are offered annually to those who have taken a Young Eagles flight and completed both volume one and volume two of the Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course prior to the year’s deadline for submitting admission applications. Transportation expenses may also be included in the award.Special considerations: must be age 15 or under during the summer of Air Academy enrollment; completed a Young Eagles flight and volumes one and two of the Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course.

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