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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.
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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)

The Daniel L. Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship


The Daniel L. Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship

The Daniel L. Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship has been established in the summer of 2014 by the family of the late Daniel Lee Van Dyke. Mr. Van Dyke was a 1990 graduate of the flight science program in the College of Aviation. He worked as a professional pilot for All Phase Electric and AVSAT Incorporated before his untimely death in early 2011. Flying was Dan's dream and lifelong passion. This scholarship is to honor Daniel and his love for aviation, while allowing students to follow in his passion. Two $25,000 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Daniel Van Dyke Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Scholarship: Women in Corporate Aviation


WCA is pleased to announce the newest lineup of scholarship offerings to be offered at the 67th Annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Applicants must apply by August 1, 2014 and the winning recipients will be notified on September 7. The awards ceremony will be held on October 22, 2014, during the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. WCA 2014 Scholarships are available for flight, maintenance, management, flight attendant and other corporate aviation career advancement programs.

WCA NBAA 2014 scholarship rules:

  • Applicants must be current, dues-paying WCA members.
  • To join or renew your WCA membership, visit:
  • WCA is not responsible for housing, transportation or other associated fees.
  • The awards must be used within one calendar year.
  • Applications must include a minimum 250-word essay, two letters of recommendation and certificates, transcripts, and  résumés, as applicable.

You must be a MEMBER and LOGGED IN to view/complete the scholarship application.
To apply for a WCA scholarship, first log-in to the WCA website and then, Click here to APPLY NOW!

WCA NBAA 2014 scholarship applications due Friday, August 1, 2014.

Detailed scholarship information is located below, click on the scholarship title for further information. For additional information or questions, contact Isha Jordan, WCA Scholarship Chair at

The WCA scholarship program is self-funded through member dues and sponsorships from contributing individuals and corporations. Scholarships are offered twice annually with the amount based on current funding.

Donated awards in addition to the WCA offered scholarships are presented at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exposition (NBAA) and at the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) conference. Companies or individuals who wish to donate scholarship awards may contact the us for details. Donations in any amount are welcome toward the WCA Career, WCA Management or WCA International Career scholarships at any time. All sponsors are recognized for their contributions in our newsletters, website, and presentations where appropriate.

For additional information on WCA scholarships or to donate, please contact Isha Jordan, WCA Scholarship Chair at

Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Initial Training - Value: $3,500 (5 Awards Total)

Aircare FACTS Training - Value: $4,675

Corporate Flight Attendant Training by Susan C. Friedenberg - Value: $4,200

CAE SimuFlite CJ3 Type Rating Scholarship - Value: $22,000

CAPS Flight Crew Training - Value: $475 (3 Awards Total)

The Corporate School of Etiquette - Value: $1,900

FlightSafety International Type Rating Scholarship Value: $27,600

General Aviation Online Food Safety Training Course - Value: $550

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporate Maintenance Technology Scholarship - Value: $5,000 (2 Awards Total)

MedAire 2-day Management of In-flight & Illness Course Scholarship - Value: $1,040

Universal Weather & Aviation FAA-certified Dispatcher Training Scholarship -Value: $3,000 (3 Awards Total)

WCA Career Scholarship - Value: $3,000 (2 Awards Total)

WCA Leadership Scholarship - Value: Up to $3,000

AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program



AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program

Brought to you by the AOPA Foundation

Apply today

In an effort to support outstanding student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will be awarding ten scholarships in 2014. Nine scholarships will provide $5,000, and a tenth scholarship will award $12,000, to a student pilot pursuing an FAA sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate. The recipients will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals, and demonstrated commitment to flight training and general aviation. The scholarships will be awarded at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, October 4th, 2014. The winners will be notified prior to the Homecoming Fly-In, and do not need to be present to accept the award.

Thanks to those who have donated to the AOPA Foundation in support of the Flight Training Scholarships.  The deadline to complete the online scholarship application is Friday August 22nd, 2014.


Scholarship applicants must meet all criteria listed below.

1. Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

2. Be at least 16 years of age

3. Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application

4. Be a current and paid member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded

5. Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application

Application deadline: August 22, 2014 (11:59 p.m. Eastern).

Application Process

1.Complete the online application. Paper applications will not be accepted.

2. After completing the online application, you will receive a unique link for an online recommendation form that is specific to you. Send that exact link to two individuals and ask them to complete the online recommendation form by the application deadline (August 22, 2014 [11:59 p.m. EST]). Send the unique link to only two individuals. The online system will not accept more than two recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can I submit more than one scholarship application?

A. No, you cannot submit multiple applications. You only need to submit one application to be considered.

Q. What is a student pilot certificate and how do I get one?

A. A student pilot certificate is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You can obtain a student pilot certificate from an aviation medical examiner (AME), a designated pilot examiner (DPE), or an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Visiting an AME is the most common method for obtaining a student pilot certificate, especially for those seeking a private or recreational pilot certificate. In these cases, the AME will issue your student pilot certificate as part of the aviation medical exam. If you’re pursuing a sport pilot certificate and won’t be getting an aviation medical exam, your flight school or instructor can direct you to a local DPE and/or FSDO in order to get your student pilot certificate.

Q. I currently hold a private pilot certificate to fly gliders and I am now working toward my private pilot certificate for airplanes. Can I apply for this scholarship?

A. If you already hold a pilot certificate of any type (other than an FAA student pilot certificate), you are not eligible for this scholarship. Only students training for their initial pilot certificate may apply.

Q. Do I have to be enrolled in a collegiate aviation program to apply?

A. No, there is no requirement to be enrolled in an accredited aviation program or college to apply. Additionally, you do not need to have aviation career aspirations to apply.

Q. Do I have to attend AOPA Homecoming Regional Fly-In or Sun ’n Fun to receive a scholarship?

A. No, you don’t need to attend Homecoming Regional Fly-In or Sun ’n Fun to receive a scholarship. If the winners are not in attendance, their names will still be announced during the event.

Q. Which two people should I have complete the online recommendation form?

A. Choose two people who know you well, are familiar with your goal to earn a pilot certificate, and can share why you’ll successfully complete flight training. Consider asking your flight and/or ground school instructor, a pilot mentor, or a professional colleague to complete the recommendation form on your behalf. We do not recommend having two family members complete your recommendations.

Q. Should I ask more than two people to submit recommendations for me?

A. The system will only accept two recommendations for each scholarship applicant. You should only ask a third person if one of the first two people you ask is unable to complete the online recommendation form by the deadline.

Q. I didn’t win a scholarship last time I applied. Should I apply again?

A. Of course! We know there are many outstanding student pilots who would really benefit from a flight training scholarship. Please note all applications are cleared after the scholarship recipients are selected. You must submit a new application and recommendations each award cycle to ensure we’re reviewing the most current information.

Q. I have a question that isn’t addressed above. How can I contact AOPA?

A. For scholarship-related questions, please email For other inquiries, visit the Contact Us Web page.

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