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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.

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.

Signature Flight Support Corporation Scholarship

Signature Flight Support Corporation is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to support a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an aviation-related field, preferably FBO management. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen working toward a career in aviation and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in her most recent year of education. In addition to WAI requirements applicant must submit an essay (500-1,000 words) detailing her current educational status, why she choose a career in aviation, her experience in aviation, and her aspirations in the field. Examples of community involvement, leadership opportunities, and volunteer work should be included in the essay. (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)

Universal Avionics Systems Corporation Scholarship

Available to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics program or aircraft maintenance 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

Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship

Student is a United States citizen, enrolled full or part-time at a college or university in the United States providing an accredited flight science curriculum. Applicants must be second year students or above with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in general aviation, Aviation Management, or Aviation Safety. A valid pilot’s certificate (not to include a Student Certificate) is required. A letter of recommendation from a professional in the aviation field is required.

Lt. Col. Robert E. Ring Memorial Award

College/Department: Engineering - Aviation Awarded to an outstanding AFROTC student, with preference given to Aviation majors.

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.

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics 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

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)

Flight Attendant Scholarship

The NBAA Flight Attendant Committee is dedicated to promoting education as a means for aspiring and existing corporate flight attendants/flight technicians to increase the professionalism of their positions. To further this objective NBAA offers these Flight Attendant Scholarships in conjunction with corporate sponsors: FACTS Training International, FlightSafety International, MedAire Inc., Inflight Excellence and Friedenberg Contract Flight Attendant Training. The following scholarships will be awarded by July 1 and include: - One initial flight attendant training (Inflight Excellence) - One initial contract training by Friendenberg - One initial emergency crewmember training session (FACTS Training International) - One initial training course in the management of inflight illness and injury (MedAire Inc.) - Two initial flight attendant training sessions (FlightSafety International)

Corporate Aviation Management Committee Scholarship

The Corporate Aviation Management Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in cooperation with sponsor The VanAllen Group, offers the Corporate Aviation Management Scholarship to enable qualified candidates to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference.Attendance at the NBAA Leadership Conference promotes the professional development and leadership skills of individuals seeking careers in flight department management. Those who currently work in the business aviation industry or attend a university-level aviation program are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based upon the career planning and progress of the individual toward a career in business aviation.This scholarship will be given by January 31 and will be redeemable under the conditions established by NBAA and its sponsor. Each recipient will be granted up to $850 in funds to attend the NBAA Leadership Conference. Funds awarded may be used to cover registration, travel, lodging and/or other expenses associated with Leadership Conference attendance. NBAA scholarship applicants are limited to receiving one award per person, per year.

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