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Scholarship: National Gay Pilots Association


What is the NGPA Education Fund?

The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides scholarships to aspiring aviators with the desire to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond the private pilot certificate. Evidence of community involvement, especially support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual & transgender (LGBT) community is a factor considered in the evaluation of scholarship applicants.

We have given more than $202,000 in 65 awards since 1998. In 2011, we awarded our first David M. Charlebois scholarship.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for an NGPA-EF Scholarship, an individual must:

  • be seeking to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond the private pilot certificate;
  • be at least 18 years of age at the date of application; and
  • have earned at least a private pilot certificate.

Scholarship funds may be used to pay for:

  • advanced flight training (e.g., instrument, multi-engine, commercial, instructor, or ATP);
  • tuition and fees, within a flight education program at an accredited college or university, which cover the cost of advanced flight training.

It is not necessary to be a citizen of the USA or to be attending training in the USA to apply.

How will recipients be selected?

An independent selection committee will review the candidates’ applications and rank the candidates according to the following criteria. The scholarship award will be based on an individual’s demonstrated excellence in personal and aviation accomplishments, including motivation, teamwork, history of achievement, attitude, leadership and involvement in volunteer and LGBT activities.

Scholarship winners will be announced during the summer with financial awards distributed following the announcement.


Will a scholarship be awarded on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation?

No. However, the applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.


How will the awards be administered? 

Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution or flight school, to offset the cost of the recipient’s training. Awards are based in US Dollar amounts. The number of awards may vary from year to year based on funding availability. For one truly exceptional applicant, the Fund may award the David M. Charlebois scholarship which provides up to $6000 of funding. The standard scholarship awards are for $3000.


How do I get an application?

Applications are available for download at:, click “NGPA Scholarships.” Requests for applications may be made by mail to NGPA-EF, PO Box 11313, Norfolk, VA 23517 or fax: (757) 626-1848.



2015 Women in Aviation Scholarships


The Women in Aviation, International 2015 scholarship program deadline date is Monday, November 17, 2014.

Scholarship Offered for 2015
Scholarship Application Guidelines (very important)
Frequently Asked Questions About WAI Scholarships
Scholarship Application

Only two weeks remain to apply for Women in Aviation, International (WAI) scholarships, which will be distributed at the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at the Hilton Anatole Dallas March 5-7, 2015. Visit for more information. More than $570,000 will be awarded through the 100 scholarships currently available.

Applications must be postmarked no later than November 17, 2014.

AWAM Scholarships


AWAM Partners have Announced New Scholarships for 2015!

These new scholarships were unavailable during the initial 2014 release.  Apply for these exciting scholarship opportunities!  Why not take a chance and  enhance your future?

AWAM scholarship mentors are available via to help with the application process. 
Applications must be postmarked BY December 1, 2014.
Back by popular demand:

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Training Scholarships

Southwest Airlines is pleased to offer TWO individual Maintenance Training Scholarships. Applicants may choose from the following courses.  

  • Two-week 737-700/800 Systems Class
  • One-week 737-700/800 Avionics  Class

Included in the scholarship is a roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines to Dallas and hotel accommodations for the duration of class. 

In addition to the AWAM Scholarship Checklist Items, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must have an A&P license or be an active A&P student at the time scholarship is awarded
  • Applicant must include an essay (200 words or less) that explains his/her interest in aviation
  • Recipient will have one year from the time awarded to redeem the scholarship

Value of each scholarship ranges from $2150.00 to $3900.00 depending on class choice.

*New for 2015*

Louisville AWAM Chapter A&P Scholarship
$500 towards tuition at an approved Part 147 A&P school.
  • Has to be used towards tuition in an A&P program.  
  • Include a 200 word essay about why they should receive this scholarship, include volunteer activities in the community, what led them to become an A&P, and where they see their future in aviation.  
  • Must be first or second year full-time student.
  • Must be female.
For a complete listing of scholarship requirements go to

AWAM Scholarship Application Checklist

Only complete applications will be accepted for review.

Two complete copies are required.

AWAM Scholarship Requirements: Before you seal the envelope make sure to include the following

  Membership:  You must be an AWAM member. Use your current AWAM Membership Number or join AWAM now or print the forms to add to your application.

  Application - A separate AWAM Scholarship Application is required for each scholarship/award that includes the following:


 1. High School - location & dates

 2. Colleges / Trade Schools - location, dates   

  3. If still in school, include Grade Point Average, expected date of    graduation

  Work Experience:  Employer, Job Description, Dates of Employment

  Honors, Scholastic Achievement, and/or Community Service, Leadership and Extracurricular Activities.

  Qualifications:  Please list any applicable licenses and certificates.

  Essay:  200 words or less on your interest in aviation. (Unless specified otherwise in Scholarship description)

  Letters of Recommendation:  At least two letters of recommendation to support your application are required.

Additional Requirements:  Note individual scholarship requirements that may be in addition to the above general AWAM requirements. (Tip: When writing essays, make them unique for the scholarship you are applying for.)

If you have any questions concerning the scholarship process or applications, contact us at or
Completed applications can be mailed to:

AWAM Scholarships

285 Park Ave. Apt #11306 Pooler, GA 31322

Scholarship: National Aircraft Finance Association Scholarship


National Aircraft Finance Association Scholarship Criteria


Name of Scholarship:             NAFA Corporate Aviation Business Scholarship


Name of Donor:           National Aircraft Finance Association


Type and Amount of Scholarship:      

  • Annual (recipients notified by no later than November 30)
  • Total Maximum Available Annual Scholarship Funds shall be determined annually by the NAFA Board of Directors


Applicant eligibility:   

  • Annual (must apply/reapply annually)
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident preferred
  • Student must be attending their College/University on a Full-Time basis
  • Acceptable student year:
    • Undergraduate: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
    • Graduate: Masters/MBA & PhD
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grade scale (High School GPA for Freshman Applicants)


Acceptable area(s) of study (major): 

Accounting, Business Marketing, Economics, and/or Finance, with a focus on Aviation Business/Management, specifically in the areas of: Finance, Legal, and Insurance


Selection Process:          

  • All interested applicants shall apply through their College’s or University’s Financial Aid office
  • Each school shall submit to NAFA, by no later than October 31st, a list of no more than three (3) applicants meeting the NAFA Scholarship requirements


College/University Eligibility & Selection Process:  

  • NAFA Members are encouraged to nominate Colleges/Universities focusing on Acceptable Area(s) of Study
  • Board shall review Member recommendations and invite approved nominees to participate
  • For Applicants to be considered for Scholarship Award, College/University must have been approved by the Board prior to August 1 of that year


Applications and Submission Process:

  • Interested applicants should file through their University’s Financial Aid office
  • All completed applications must be submitted to NAFA by the College’s or University’s Financial Aid office and must be received by NAFA by no later than October 31st
  • Applications, and all supporting material, must be email or mailed to:

Karen Griggs, Executive Director, NAFA


Office: (410) 571-1740           


National Aircraft Finance Association

P.O. Box 1570

Edgewater, MD 21037


Attn: Scholarship Award Selection Committee

AWAM’s Scholarship Program


AWAM’s Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance & Technology. AWAM began its scholarship program in 2002 with four scholarships awarded to eight recipients.

In 2013, AWAM awarded $120,000 in scholarships to 30 females and 6 males. With the assistance of our incredible sponsors, this program continues to grow to support our industry and the needs of the future. Unique scholarship opportunities are not just for initial students or just for females. Many are for those already working in the field, transitioning from the military, and for guys as well.

Review the information to find the scholarships that match your goals or to see how you can become an AWAM Scholarship Sponsor. AWAM is continually working hard to offer more scholarship opportunities for next year! Thank you to all of our corporate and individual sponsors for another successful milestone breaking year filled with wonderful opportunities for our future aviation work force!

If you have any suggestions for new scholarships, or would like to inquire about donating a scholarship please contact one of our AWAM Scholarship Co-Chairs by emailing or by phone, Anna Romer at 952-687-1252, Drew Csondor 517-712-9818. A list of the 2014 recipients can be found here. Or, if you would like to download a copy please click here.


We will begin accepting applications
for the 2015 AWAM Scholarship program
in August 2014.

Applications must be received
by Dec. 1, 2014.

♦ AWAM 2015 Scholarship Info
♦ AWAM 2015 Scholarship Application
♦ Become an AWAM Member
♦ Request assistance with completing your scholarship application

AWAM Awards Program honors Teachers, Students and other individuals making a difference in our field.
♦ Read more about AWAM Award Program
♦ AWAM 2015 Award Application

Congratulations to all of our
past scholarship winners! 
We wish them continued success. You can download a list of the recipients below.
♦ 2014
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♦ 2011
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The Racing Aces women encourage other women to pursue careers in aviation


The Racing Aces women encourage other women to pursue careers in aviation

Port Lavaca, TX – The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger, Joyce Wilson and Erin Cude, sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft, today announced the new $5,000 Aviation Aces Scholarship for Women. The team just won the 2014 Air Race Classic and is funding the scholarship with their winnings and sponsorships to underwrite aviation education for women.  The 2012 Racing Aces team also won the Air Race Classic and awarded a scholarship.

“We are racing for women’s education in aviation,” said Dianna Stanger. “Today only six percent of pilots in the United States are women. There should be so many more – it’s a great career opportunity and we believe women can contribute so much to aviation as pilots or in any capacity. This scholarship will hopefully encourage more women to pursue an education in aviation whether it’s as an air traffic controller, mechanic, or pilot.”

Stanger said there is a rich history of groundbreaking women in aviation from Amelia Earhart, through women’s efforts during wartime to recreational women’s air racing that started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. According to Stanger, women pilots raced cross-country through the ’30s and again after WWII in the “Powder Puff Derby.” After the Derby’s 30th and final flight in 1977, the Air Race Classic continued the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots. Stanger and her teammates won this year’s event and plan to defend their title in 2015.

“We thought this win was the perfect opportunity to offer other women the chance to move into the aviation field – it gives us an even greater incentive to compete,” said Stanger. “We are especially interested in applicants with a financial need because broadening the opportunities for women in aviation is our ultimate goal.”

The deadline for submission for the 2015 Aviation Aces Scholarship is November 30, 2014.Recipient will be selected by The Racing Aces and Cirrus Aircraft representative(s). Applicants will be advised of winner in February 2015. The formal Aviation Aces Scholarship Award will be made at 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 5-7, 2015, at Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas, and recipient is required to attend.

The application should be submitted at or emailed to

Scholarship: HFI Scholarship


Apply for an HFI Scholarship

HFI offers up to 19 scholarships for students preparing for careers in rotorcraft aviation:

To learn more and apply, visit Applications must be submitted before midnight Nov. 30, 2014


  Helicopter Foundation International
1920 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2898  
T 703-683-4646 |  F 703-683-4745

Ninety-Nines Fly Now Scholarships & Lightspeed Aviation Grant Competition Votes


Women students be aware of the September 15, 2014 deadline for submitting applications for the fall round of “Fly Now” Scholarships and a September 8 webinar on our scholarship programs.


The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship:  At Oshkosh this summer the 99s awarded a Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to an Air Force ROTC student at the University of Minnesota.  We received over 50 applications for the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship from college students and high school students. The application pool was very strong and we hope to continue awarding Karen Johnson Solo Scholarships at Oshkosh.  This scholarship is designed to provide funding through first solo to a young woman between 16-20 years of age.  We have been funding the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship with grants we have won in the annual Lightspeed Aviation Pilot’s Choice Award Competition.

Vote for Us in the Lightspeed Grant Competition:  The 99s are one of 15 aviation nonprofits competing for grants of up to $10,000 in Lightspeed Aviation’s annual grant competition.  Lightspeed will award grants to the nonprofits that get the most votes on Lightspeed’s Internet voting site.  If we win, we will use the 2014 Lightspeed grant to publicize and award Karen Johnson Solo Scholarships at Oshkosh in 2015.   Please ask your students and staff to support the 99s and aviation scholarships by casting votes at  It takes less than a minute to vote. 

The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) Scholarships

The AEMSF will award multiple $3,000 “Fly Now” Scholarship Awards to cover flight training toward completion of the Private Pilot or Sport Pilot rating. The deadline for fall applications is September 15.   Applicants will need to join the 99s as an Associate (Student) Member to submit an application.  Information about the Fly Now Scholarships and application form may be found at: . 

The 99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund has a $5 million scholarship fund and offers a variety of scholarships to cover the full cost of advanced training and ratings as well as scholarships for college students majoring in aviation related fields. Some of these scholarships require prior membership in the 99s.   Information about these scholarships can be found at: . 

The Fly Now Scholarships are awarded semiannually in the spring and the fall and the advanced scholarships are awarded once a year. Most, but not all, of the scholarships require financial need.  Many of these scholarship opportunities will be interest to women students enrolled in your aviation program.  The 99s will offer a webinar on the Fly Now and other AEMSF scholarships on September 8.  Your students can sign up for the webinar at  

Since 1941 the 99s and the AEMSF have helped well over 700 women achieve their aviation dreams.  The 99s can help your students achieve their aviation goals.


Scholarship: UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship


UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

Through the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, NBAA annually awards $1,000 to each of five undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. This scholarship is named for Janice Barden, who has been active in the aviation community for decades and has served as chair of the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Local Committee more than any other person in NBAA history.

Awards will be made to U.S. citizens without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. Scholarships will be awarded by spring 2015, and checks will be made payable to the school. Scholarship recipients must use the funds by Dec. 31, 2015, or risk forfeit of the award.Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in an aviation-related two-year or four-year degree program at an NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. A completed application form must be accompanied by one essay, one transcript, one resume and one letter of recommendation. See application form for details.

For all NBAA scholarships, applicants are limited to receiving one award per person, per year. Direct all questions about this application to NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or .

Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship


Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship
The Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship is offered by their members and sponsors of Women in Corporate Aviation to any person pursuing professional development or career advancement in any job classification of corporate/business aviation. The award must be used toward a specific program of education. Suggested uses include (but are not limited to) flight training, dispatcher training, maintenance training, corporate flight attendant training, and upgrades in aviation education. The award cannot be used for general business course work. Scholarship will not be awarded to previous winners of Women in Corporation Aviation scholarships.

In addition to WAI requirements, you must also be a member of WCA and submit a 250-word essay on how you will positively impact the corporate aviation industry after receiving this award. If you are a pilot please submit copies of pilot certificates, medical, and the last three pages of logbook with your application. Please go to to join and complete the online scholarship application.

(Scholarship value $2,000)

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