Navigation Scholarships

Here are some of the Navigation scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Early Achievement Award

The Early Achievement Award recognizes an individual early in his or her career who has made an outstanding achievement in the art and science of navigation. Eligibility Individuals who have made a significant achievement (35 years or younger in the year of the achievement). Nominations Nominations for this award may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must be in conformance with ION nomination standards. Recipients need not be members. Those received in correct form by October 15 will be considered.

Superior Achievement Award

The Superior Achievement Award recognizes individuals who are practicing navigators and have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of navigation.

Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award

The Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award is given in memory of Dr. Samuel M. Burka, a dedicated public servant who devoted a long and distinguished career to the research and development of air navigation equipment and reviewing technical material for official publications. He retired from public service in 1958 and died several months later.

Norman P. Hays Award

The Norman P. Hays Award is given in memory of Norman P. Hays, an outstanding navigator, able engineer, and competent manager, who, after a distinguished career as an operational Air Force officer, demonstrated unusual ability as an executive in industry. His managerial career came to an untimely end with his accidental death on July 4, 1965. In the field of art and science navigation.

Colonel Thomas L. Thurlow Award

The Colonel Thomas L. Thurlow Award is given in memory of Colonel Thomas L. Thurlow, U.S. Army Corps, a brilliant engineer, skillful pilot, and able officer who contributed significantly to the development and testing of navigation equipment and the training of navigators and pilots. He met an untimely death while flight testing a new compass in 1944. In the field of art and science navigation.

Tycho Brahe Award

The Tycho Brahe Award is given in memory of Mary Tornich Janislawski, developer of the Mark II Plotter, a charter member of the ION, the first woman to have received an ION Annual Award, a civilian aviation instructor, a teacher at the University of California at Berkley and Stanford and a respected author. This award has been generously endowed by Col. Leonard Sugerman (USAF, Ret.), a past president of the Institute of Navigation (1970

Captain P.V.H. Weems Award

The Captain P.V.H. Weems Award is given in memory of Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, U.S. Navy, a principal co-founder of the ION and an outstanding navigator and inventor whose methods and inventions had a major influence on both the U.S. Air Force and Navy. He is attributed with having patented the first method of performing navigation in space. In the field of art and science navigation.

Johannes Kepler Award

Purpose: To honor an individual during their lifetime for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. Eligibility: A recipient must be a current member of the ION. Membership must have been established at least two years prior to nomination. Companies, Agencies, Educational Institutions, Associations, Groups of Individuals and previous Kepler Award recipients are not eligible for consideration. The Award shall be given, at most, once each year. It shall be given only in those years in which an outstanding contribution is considered worthy of such recognition. Nominations: Nominations for the award may be submitted by anyone, but all nominations must conform to the nomination guidelines by submitting (1) a completed nomination form located on the ION

Section Sponsored Graduate Student Award Program

OBJECTIVES: The section sponsored graduate student awards program is established to encourage and advance navigation education; to provide outreach and ION publicity to university faculty and students; to encourage the growth, development and involvement of graduate students in fields of study that support the advancement of the art and science of navigation; to identify future academic resources to the ION in terms of viable session and program chairs for ION meetings; and to foster relationships between academic institutions and local ION section membership. AWARD: In support of those objectives the ION will provide on an annual basis a certificate and $2000 prize to qualifying educational institutions to recognize a graduate level student(s) who demonstrates excellence in navigation. Because of the diversity of the field of navigation, each institution will be invited to propose its own creative criterion for selection of awardee(s). Participating universities shall select a faculty representative who shall interface with the local ION section and shall notify section of recipient(s). ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Universities that wish to be considered for this program must be located within the boundaries of an established ION section. Award criteria must be approved by the local section prior to the commencement of program or selection of recipient. Selection criteria shall align with the goals of the Institute. University shall ensure proper publicity of award availability to students. Funding for award must be approved by applicable ION section chair on an annual basis. Each university shall be eligible for no more than $2000 between April 1- March 31 of each calendar year. Applications and award criteria may be submitted at any time during this period. Before the ION will make the award payment, the faculty representative shall report award recipient and proposed award citation to ION Section Chair who shall in turn provide information to the ION National Office. The award may be given to more than one student if so stated in the award criteria. However, the total annual award amount for all awardees together at any single university will not exceed $2000. Award recipient(s) must be a full time student(s) at the time the award is made and an ION member. Individual students may only receive award one time. Award recipient must make presentation at an ION conference or to the local ION section sponsoring award within six months of receipt of award. Prize shall be provided by check from the ION National Office, made payable to university who shall then issue funds to award recipient. University agrees to provide these funds on a pass-through basis without university surcharge. As with other ION programs, final responsibility and oversight of the award and awards criteria lies with the ION Council, and award requirements and funding may be modified or eliminated without notice.

ION Section Sponsored Scholarship Plans - Southern California

Sponsors an annual $2,500 scholarship award. For students in the field of art and science navigation. Visit section webpage:

SSPI Scholarship Program

The SSPI Scholarship Program assists deserving high school and university graduates with meeting the high costs of undergraduate and post-graduate study in satellite-related disciplines. Through the generosity of Scholarship Sponsors, SSPI provides scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students from locations around the world.Applicants must be current high school seniors, college or university undergraduate students or graduate students who are studying or intend to study satellite-related technologies, policies or applications. Successful scholarship applications have been received from students pursuing studies in these areas related to telecommunications, remote sensing, imaging, space law, business, distance learning, meteorology, energy, navigation, business, government, and broadcasting.Qualifications * Commitment to pursue education and career opportunities in the satellite industry or a field making direct use of satellite technology * Academic and leadership achievement * Potential for significant contribution to the satellite communications industry * A scientific, engineering, research, business or creative submission meeting high standards * Must be matriculated or accepted in an accredited college or university program at the time of the scholarship issuance.General scholarship requirements are: * Must be an SSPI Member to apply (Membership is free for fulltime students). * Must be pursuing studies related to satellites or the satellite communications industry. * Most scholarships give consideration for financial need.

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