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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.

Russell T. MacFarlane Scholarship Program

Each year, a total of $5,000 in scholarship and internship awards is offered from the Russell MacFarlane Scholarship Program endowed funds. The number of young people receiving awards is dependent upon the annual determination of need as identified through the application process. Awards may be made for 1) EAA’s Air Academy Summer Camp attendance (scholarships may range from $500 to $1,000 dependent upon the youth’s individual requirements); and, 2) Air Academy Internships, a work/career opportunity working as an integral member of the summer Air Academy staff (awards generally range from $1,200 to $1,500).

The Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship

The Boeing Company will award a scholarship to a woman who wishes to advance her career in the aerospace industry in the fields of engineering, technology development, or management. The award is to be used for educational purposes only and may not be applied toward flight hours. Applicants may be full-time or part-time employees currently in the aerospace industry or a related field. Also eligible are students pursuing aviation- and aerospace-related degrees that are at the sophomore level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). (Scholarship value $2,500 each) 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)

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)

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737NG Type Rating Scholarship

Southwest Airlines will award four B737NG Type Rating Scholarships to qualified female members of Women in Aviation, International. Scholarship awards are not offers of employment, or any guarantee or promise of employment at Southwest Airlines, which is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates must submit their application, complete professional résumé and single-page essay explaining how this scholarship could help you reach your professional career goals. Scholarship awards will be determined by Southwest Airlines. All documents must be submitted to WAI prior to the deadline. Type rating scholarship will include ATP rating for scholarship recipients who do not currently have an ATP. If selected, pilots will be required to successfully complete the FAA ATP written exam prior to beginning the type rating course. Recipients will also receive round-trip air transportation and hotel accommodations for training. Recipients must complete the type rating training at the location designated by Southwest and complete the type rating no later than April 1, 2016, when the scholarships automatically expire and become null and void. Minimum qualifications include: 2,500 hours total flight time or 1,500 hours total flight time in a turbine aircraft. Only time in a fixed-wing aircraft is counted; this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO, and UAV. A minimum of 1,000 hours in a turbine aircraft as the pilot in command is preferred. High school diploma or equivalency required. Graduation from an accredited four-year college preferred. FAA commercial, instrument, multiengine land required (preferred for military applicants) Current FAA first-class medical certificate. Must be female pilot Important to understand this is not a job offer, nor is it any guarantee or promise of future employment with Southwest Airlines. The purpose of Southwest's outreach in providing this scholarship opportunity is to identify women and/or women minority candidates who meet or nearly meet Southwest's minimum pilot job requirements, with the exception of the 737 type rating, and as a result are not currently competitive candidates. Southwest will screen applications prior to the conference and conduct interviews at the conference to determine scholarship award recipients. In the event some candidates are not able to attend we will make arrangements to conduct video interviews via Skype. Recipients will be recognized during the formal dinner at the end of the conference. Southwest Airlines Co. is an equal opportunity employer. (Scholarship value $13,000 each, for a total of $52,000) 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)

Airline Career Training, LLC - FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher Class Scholarship

Online Course (Online + 74-hour classroom instruction) Airline Career Training, LLC is an FAA Certified Aircraft Dispatcher School located in Monterey, California. Our FAA approved Online Course is completed in two sections: 1) Completing the Online Course work and then passing the FAA ADX Written Knowledge Exam. Once you receive your log in credentials you have 12 months to complete the 126 hours of independent study online instruction at your own pace. The FAA Exam can be completed at any CATS or PSI/Lasergrade testing site near you. 2) Once you have passed this FAA Written exam you can schedule your 2-week "in classroom" practical instruction to prepare for your FAA Oral Exam. These exams take place at the end of your instruction. All candidates must be able to read, write, speak and understand English and must be 23 years of age. Since this course is considered "Continued Education" in the State of California, students must have either aircraft operations experience, airline experience, an aviation degree, a pilot license, or have some other aviation career needing this certificate to enhance their aviation career. This ACT scholarship does not include FAA testing fees, housing, or meals. Students have one (1) year to complete all online training and "in classroom" instruction. (Scholarship value $2,990)

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.

ADMA Scholarship Program

The ADMA Scholarship Fund was established to provide assistance to students pursuing careers in the aviation field. Eligibility Requirements: The scholarship program is open to third and fourth year students enrolled in a four year program at an accredited institution in order to be considered for the BS in Aviation Management or Professional Pilot scholarship programs, OR A second-year student in an A&P Program at a 2-year accredited program. Applicant must: possess a minimum of 3.0 GPA submit two letters of reference submit an approximately 500-word essay describing their desire to pursue a career in the aviation field.

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.

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.

Pratt & Whitney Maintenance Scholarships

Pratt & Whitney will award six maintenance training scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in aviation maintenance. Winners will have the option to attend any one of the maintenance courses offered by Pratt & Whitney or Pratt & Whitney Canada such as System Familiarization, Line and Base Maintenance, and Borescope Inspection Procedures on JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, PW4000, PT6, or PW100 engines. Pratt & Whitney Maintenance Training Scholarships can be redeemed at the P&W Customer Training Center in East Hartford, Connecticut. For small engine training by P&W Canada, training will take place at a Flight Safety International Facility most convenient for the student. Hotel accommodations are covered as part of the maintenance training scholarship. (Scholarship value $800-$3,200 each depending on course taken) 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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