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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.

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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.

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)

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.

Non-Employee Student Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in an aviation-related course of study.

Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship

Full-time employees enrolled in advanced study programs to improve their skills in air traffic control or an aviation discipline.

Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.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.

A.A.E. Scholarship Program

This program is offered exclusively to accredited airport executive (A.A.E.) members of AAAE, their spouses and/or children. The scholarships are offered to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are attending accredited colleges or universities.

AAAE Foundation Scholarship Program

The AAAE Foundation will grant $1,000 each year to a number of students with a junior class standing or higher, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE. The following selection criteria are used: academic records, financial need, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal statement. A recommendation from the school is also required. Only one student from each school is eligible to participate. Multiple recommendations from the same institution will be returned.

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.

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.

NBAA Aviation Scholarships

Candidate requirements: 1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. 2. At the time of application, applicant must be officially enrolled in an NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA)-Member institution (see list) in an aviation-related program. Contact your department head or advisor for your institution's NBAA and UAA membership numbers. Your application is not complete if these numbers are missing. 3. Applicant must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who will be enrolled in an aviation-related 2 year, 4-year or postgraduate degree program through April 1 of the coming year. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to distribution of the award. 4. Applicant must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

Annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing careers in some technical aspect of the helicopter or vertical-flight engineering. Open to Junior and Senior level undergraduate students interested in pursuing engineering careers in the helicopter or vertical flight industry and graduate students. Applicants must be full-time students at accredited schools of engineering.

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