A listing of non-collegiate flight scholarships for the private pilot through advanced training from various sources open to men, women and youth. Each flight scholarship has their own deadline and requirements. Many are geographically or affiliation restricted. Visit the link provided for further info and an application for each award.

Able Flight Scholarships

Awarded to people with disabilities to enable them to fly as sport pilots or to help a pilot who has become disabled take to the skies again. Dec 31st deadline.  More info at http://www.ableflight.org/

Aero Club of New England
Various awards for those pursuing a professional aviation career. Applicants must be a full-time New England resident and a U.S. Citizen, hold a current Airman Certificate and medical,  have logged 100TT (except for primary training awards), be at least 16 years of age and demonstrate a financial need. Those selected must their flight training at a New England facility doing business as a flight school.

  • $1,000+ Crocker Snow Instrument Scholarship
  • $1,000 Michael T. Hadik Memorial Scholarship
  • $2,000 Aero Club of New England Member Scholarship
  • $5,000 Anne Bridge Baddour Scholarship
  • $2,000 Bauer-Bisgeier Memorial Scholarship
  • $1,000 Andrew Channing Cabot Memorial Scholarship
  • $500 Bonita Connors Memorial Scholarship
  • $1,000 Dean S. Edmonds, Jr. MIT Scholarship
  • $1,000 John T. Griffin, Sr. Scholarship
  • $2,500 Lockhart Smith, Jr. Scholarship

Apps are due in March. For more info on the ACONE scholarship program http://www.acone.org/scholarships

Aero Club of Pennsylvania
The Aero Club of Pennsylvania offers six aviation training scholarships varying from $1,000 to $5,000 to encourage and support young men and women with their goals toward an aviation career. Must reside in the Philadelphia, Greater Delaware Valley area.

  • PRE-SOLO SCHOLARSHIP - A few flight training scholarships are available to applicants who have not yet begun flight training or who have not completed their first solo. These awards range from $1000 to $2500. Suggested minimum age is 16 years old. Since very few of these awards are available, applicants who can get to first solo on their own have a much better chance of being awarded a flight training scholarship to help complete their training.
  • ADVANCED/POST SOLO AWARDS - Advanced scholarships are available to applicants who have completed their first solo flight (or have their certificate) OR can demonstrate an equivalent commitment for a maintenance or aviation-related training scholarship. These awards range from $2000 to $5000 and are given to students pursuing careers in aviation.
  •  MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - Given in honor of Terry Hatcher, Alex Sheves, Peter York Wood and others, these awards are given for flight or maintenance training as stand-alone awards or in conjunction with other awards in either pre or post solo categories.  Scholarships range from $1000 to $5000.
  • MEMORIAL ATP PURSUAL AWARD - Given in honor of Millie Jordan, as a stand-alone or in conjunction with other awards, a $1,000 award will be given to a candidate who has completed the commercial pilot certificate and pursuing the ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) and a career in aviation.
  • DOOLITTLE TAILWHEEL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - Tailwheel endorsement: Eight (8) hours of tailwheel instruction to be given in a J3 Cub or Luscombe 8E on availability at Downstown Airport, Vineland, NJ. The best time for training is between June-November and then March-June. The scholarship expires one year from the Award Dinner and must be completed within eight (8) weeks of commencement. Note: height and weight limitation of less than 6’4″ and 240lbs.
  • CHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT SCHOLARSHIPS - Scholarships for flight and mechanic training at Chester County Aviation are available for both pre-solo and advanced students ranging from $2000 to $5000. The “Make KMQS Great, Inc.” non-profit organization of the Chester County Airports Pilots and Tenants Group raises these funds through sponsorships of the Fall Flying Festival. Sponsors include Sikorsky Helicopter, Chester County Aviation Flight School & Maintenance as well as many other generous aviation related corporations in the vicinity.

Visit http://www.aeroclubpa.org/scholarships/ for more information.

Aero Club of Southern California
The Aero Club of Southern California "College Student Scholarship". Up to eight awards are made each year. Students who are attending a college, university or trade school in Southern California are eligible to apply. Awards are made based on academic prowess, financial need and passion for aviation. The awards are up to $1,000 each and are used to pay for tuition costs.

  • $2,500 grants to high school students who plan to pursue classroom studies in aviation or aerospace
  • $5,000 grants to students currently pursuing aviation studies at a college, university or accredited technical school

Apps are due in July. http://www.aeroclubsocal.org/scholarships/

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Scholarships
Awards for primary and advanced flight training to AOPA members, made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation.In 2019, 120 scholarships totaling more than $1 million were awarded for:

  • Primary Flight Training
  • Advanced Flight Training
  • Private Pilot Training for Teachers
  • Private Pilot Training for High School Students

Deadline - February 15th 2021. Visit the AOPA page for more information -

Airmanship Foundation General Harris Memorial Scholarship
Qualifications for application are as follows: Enrollment in a Bachelor’s or higher degree program in an aerospace related field,
participation in a course of study leading to an FAA certification as a pilot, mechanic, air traffic controller or other related field. shows exemplary dedication to legacy and advancement of airmanship skills, and demonstrates outstanding integrity as a leader and roll model in the aerospace community. Deadline usually March 1st For details see -  https://www.airmanshipfoundation.org/youth-students

Alaska Airmen Association
The AAA is offering these flight scholarships.
$500 Bob Ellis Scholarship (Southwest Alaska resident only)
$2,500 John Culhane Pro Pilot Scholarship - An Alaska resident on a pilot career track
$2,500 Joe Stancil Jr Private Pilot Scholarship - For aviators planning to fly in Alaska
More info - http://www.alaskaairmen.org/scholarships

Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation
The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation provides scholarships to individuals who want to develop their aviation careers. There are three scholarships available each year for up to $1,500 each and the Dale Carlson Memorial award which assists an Alaskan pilot to equip their aircraft with the Spidertracks satellite tracking system to enhance safety. Residency in Alaska and Private Pilot Certificate required. http://www.aasfonline.org/scholarships/

Alex Gilmer Flight School Scholarship (Colorado)

Three $1,000 awards. You are eligible for the Gilmer Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:
Must be 18-years old or older at the time of application submittal.
Pursuing a career in aviation/aerospace science (not just an interest/desire to fly).High School graduate (or GED received) and/or currently enrolled or accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college/university which offers an aviation/aerospace science degree or similar or actively pursuing a career in military aviation.  More info - http://www.alexgilmerscholarship.org/scholarships/

American Yankee Association

A scholarship of up to $2,500 USD to assist applicants who are 16 to 25 years old in obtaining a Private Pilot license or equivalent. Apps are due by February 1. Candidates may be from any country. More info - https://aya.org/Scholarship

Antique Aircraft Association San Diego, CA Chapter Scholarship                                              

A $1,000 flight scholarship to a pilot who has logged at least 10 hours, lives in San Diego county and is between the ages of 16-26. Applications are due by December 16th. https://www.aaasdc.org/scholorship-program-info.html

Aviation Explorer Scholarships from Learning for Life
Various scholarships for Aviation Explorers including a $3,000 Pilot Certificate Scholarship to a young adult (Up to age 21) Explorer in the Learning for Life program pursuing their recreational or private pilot certificate (any type aircraft) and are not restricted to those pursuing a career in aviation -  http://www.exploring.org/scholarships/

Aviation Insurance Resources "Get Into the Air scholarship"

$500 aviation scholarship that can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check, or a check ride. Deadline in June. Details and application - https://www.air-pros.com/scholarship.php

Aviation Performance Solutions  Upset Training Scholarship
Each year, APS offers a scholarship for a Professional Pilot Upset Training program to deserving pilots just embarking on their aviation careers. Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) is dedicated pilot training developed specifically to mitigate the risk of loss of control in flight. Applicants must have a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating, be a current or recently graduated (six months or less) college or university student who is working towards, or has earned, a degree in Aviation. More details and the application - https://apstraining.com/aps-upset-recovery-scholarship-application/

AvTrip / AvFuel Scholarships
The AVTRIP Scholarship was designed to award one current AVTRIP member with funds to use toward furthering his or her aviation education. The scholarship will be in the amount of $2,000. These funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following areas: flight training, educational tuition fees, and a new license or rating. A maximum of one AVTRIP Scholarship will be awarded for each calendar year. 
The Avfuel Pilot-in-Training Scholarship was designed to award  three students with funds to use toward furthering their aviation education. The scholarship will be in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. These funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following areas: flight training, educational tuition fees, and a new license.  A maximum of three AVTRIP Pilot-in-Training Scholarships will be awarded for each calendar year.

Due Sept 7th. For more information - https://www.avfuel.com/AVTRIP/Maximize-AVTRIP/Apply-for-Scholarship

Aviation Council of Pennsylvania Scholarships
John W. "Reds" Macfarlane Professional Pilot scholarship, typically $1,000. Applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident & hold at least a student pilot certificate. The application deadline is August 1st of each year.

Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Rating Scholarship
The scholarship is valued at $1,500. Multiple winners may be selected if the funds are available. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Apps are due May 31st. More info - https://www.wipaire.com/about-wipaire/ben-wiplinger-memorial-seaplane-scholarship/https://www.wipaire.com/about-wipaire/ben-wiplinger-memorial-seaplane-scholarship/

Boca Raton Pilots Association Scholarship
Awards up to a $4,000 annually to a deserving local high school student who is pursuing his or her private pilot certificate. For more information contact the BRPA at bocapilots@yahoo.com

Bremerton Pilots Association Scholarship (Port Orchard, WA)

BPA is offering a supplemental scholarship of up to $3,500 for young men and women in the greater Kitsap Peninsula area who have the desire to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate. Scholarships will provide financial assistance for flight training in increments of $500, to selected students striving to earn their Private Pilot and may be renewed subject to requirements. Each qualifying and accepted applicant may receive a maximum of $3,500 in matching funds. Applicants must be at least 16 and not over 20 years of age, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in flight training at Avian Flight Center.

The Butler County Airport Authority Flight Scholarships
One $5,000 scholarship and two $2,500 scholarships to qualified Butler County residents* and pilot trainees at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport location of AirQuest Aviation or High Flight Academy. Applications are due November 30th. Details-

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund

Promotes Canadian pilot development by providing annual scholarships to student pilots in both ab initio and advanced flight training programs. Applicants shall be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, between 15-21 years old with a demonstrated keen interest in general aviation in Canada. The principal award shall be the “ab-initio” which, funds permitting, will be a sufficient amount to pay the average cost of flight training in Canada to obtain a Private Pilot License. Additionally, two awards lesser awards that may be used for advanced flight training if the scholarship fund allows.    http://copafoundations.org/

Cape Area (Cape Cod, MA) Pilots Association
Awards scholarships to regional applicants studying for careers in aviation. Several awards annually and multiple scholarships for each award may be given if funds allow.

  • $3,000 Cape Air Scholarship
  • $2,500 John Garabedian Scholarship
  • $2,000 Red Beach Scholarship

More information - http://www.capepilot.org/scholarships.html

Caymainian Student Pilot - Zak Quappé Memorial Flight Scholarship
To a Caymanian applicant who has financial need and a passion for making flying a career. The scholarship is to be used for  obtaining a private pilot license through the Cayman Flying Club (CFC) and an agreed upon flight school in Florida working with the CFC. The benefactors hope to award $3,000 annually.  https://www.trees4lifecayman.com/zak-quappe

Cessna 170 Association Scholarship

A $1,500 Scholarship is being offered to a deserving individual, who is pursuing a career in an aviation related field. The applicant must be accepted at an educational institution and enrolled in an aviation related program. The applicant does not have to be a member of The International Cessna 170 Association. The applicant can be a part time or full-time student. Get more info -  http://cessna170.com/

Cessna 190/195 Foundation
Awards from $1,000 and $5,000 based on the needs of the applicant.  At least two scholarships to be awarded annually. Apps are due by May 1st.  App and instructions (must register for free to access). http://www.cessna195.org/

Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Scholarship(s) of varying amounts will be awarded each year when funds are available and may be applied to obtaining a license or a new rating. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be enrolled/attending school regularly, or already have a high school diploma or GED. App deadline April 30th.  For more info visit - http://www.wellsscholarship.com/

Civil Air Patrol Flight Scholarships

Each year, Civil Air Patrol provides academic and flight scholarships to deserving cadets and seniors who meet eligibility requirements. For more info go to the https://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/scholarships/flight-scholarships/

Clay Lacy Scholarship Program
A $5,000 scholarship that may be used for payment of tuition, books, fees, pilot ground and flight training and other educational expenses. The award will be sent directly to recipient’s choice of educational institution (i.e., community college, four-year college, university, technical school, etc.) Funded by Clay Lacy and administered by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation. Requirements: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen residing in Southern CA and be enrolled or plan to be enrolled for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four-year college, university, technical school, etc.) with a formal aviation curriculum leading to a certificate, license, or degree in aviation.  Apps are due in May. Visit - http://flightpathmuseum.com/education/clay-lacy-scholarship-program/

Colorado Aviation Business Association Foundation

Up to $3,000 that may be used for continued aviation training towards a career in business aviation

  • Applicants must be permanent residents of Colorado.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will be used for aviation training in Colorado.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, if the applicant is a full-time student.

Apps are due by May 31st. Get details at - http://www.mycaba.org

Colorado Pilots Association
Amount varies. One or more awards annually to who have strong interests in pursuing aviation related careers and are enrolled in an aerospace or aviation related program at any accredited college or university in Colorado. http://www.coloradopilots.org/

Colorado - Wingman Foundation Jeff Kuss Memorial Scholarship
In May 2018, The Wingman Foundation will award a deserving applicant the opportunity to learn how to fly. Open to Colorado residents 16-25 years old at the time of application. Applicants younger than 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian. If candidates are in school, they must have a GPA of 3.0+. The scholarship is intended for applicants with little to no experience in aviation. The deadline for a completed application is March 31, 2018, and the recipient will undergo flight training in the summer of 2018. http://www.wingmanfoundation.org/kussscholarship

Daedalians Flying Training Scholarship (DFT)
Sponsored by the Order of Daedalians and administered by the Daedalian Foundation and participating Daedalian flights across the country.  DFT Scholarship is a four-way partnership between the Daedalian Foundation, participating flights, FAA certified flight schools, and the selected candidates. Successful applicants will receive ground and flight training necessary to achieve a solo flight in a general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Applicants for the DFT Scholarships must meet the following eligibility criteria: completing the sophomore year of high school or enrolled in an accredited college program; demonstrate the desire and potential to become a military aviator in the armed forces of the United States, and be a U.S. citizen and fluent in English. Information - http://daedalians.org/programs/cfip/

Experimental Aircraft Association/EAA Scholarships

  • Phillips 66 Flight Training Award - a flight training award in the amount of $13,200. Applicants that have had a Young Eagles flight will be given preference
  • Richard R. Harper Flight Training Award - Two $7,500 Flight Training Scholarships to qualified applicants that show financial need as well as a passion for flight and the ambition to pursue a career as a pilot
  • Tinker Murdock Family Flight Training Award - up to $7,500 to a Young Eagle/Next step applicant seeking to further their aviation training by completing a private pilot’s certificate
  • Noah Favaregh Flight Training Award - An award to help fund obtaining a pilot’s certification.

Website: https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/eaa-aviation-scholarships/eaa-flight-training-scholarships

EAA Chapter 631 and Island City Aero Club (Cumberland, WI)  Flight Training Scholarship
If chosen as the award recipient you will receive either $500.00 from the Island City Aero Club and $500.00 from the EAA chapter 631 for a total of $1000.00 after obtaining your private pilot license, or $300.00 from the Island City Aero Club and $300.00 from EAA chapter 631 for a total of $600.00 after obtaining a sport pilot certificate. Must be 16 to 35 years of age, have soloed and live within a specified distance of the Cumberland, WI Airport. For all details visit  http://bsehosting.com/get/aeroclub/page2.asp

EAA Chapter 613 Mary Jane McGrath Scholarship (Vermont)                                 
This $1,000 scholarship honoring Mary Jane is to assist pilots who want to become flight instructors. Must be a Vermont resident. Info and applications - http://www.613.eaachapter.org/scholarships.htm

East Central Ohio Pilots Association
Scholarships for flight training to young adults who display the aptitude, drive, and desire to learn to fly; and to help promote the value of General Aviation in the local region. Awards are “ab-initio” which, funds permitting shall be of a sufficient amount to cover the average cost of 10 hours of flight training in the East Central Ohio Region. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, at least age 16, with the ability to obtain a FAA medical and Student Pilot certificate. Apps due in March. http://ecopapilot.com

Figure 1 Aviation Scholarships
Training at any Figure 1 Foundation approved flight school in the USA.

  • Up to $12,500 - Fixed wing private pilot license, app deadline: June 30th & Dec. 31st
  • Tailwheel endorsement - $1,700 award, app deadline: March 31st
  • Upset recovery/ Spin Training and Introduction to Aerobatics - $3,800 award. Must have Private Pilot to apply.

Visit the Figure 1 website to apply - http://www.figure1foundation.com/apply/

Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Pilots Association Scholarship          

A non-profit organization of pilots and other aviation enthusiasts promoting aviation in the Central Mass area. As part of this effort, the FPA has set up an aviation scholarship fund for the purpose of helping to offset the financial expenses of an aviation-related education. The scholarship award will be for 1 scholarship with a value of $1,000, although the actual number of awards and the amount are subject to change. Applicant must live in the New England area. More info- http://www.fitchburgpilots.org/

Five Rivers Aviation Scholarships (Livermore, CA)
Five scholarships annually to people who want to pursue a private pilot's license or beyond. Scholarship winners are awarded 50 hours of flying in a Cessna 172 as well as a free year membership to Flying Particles flying club. For an application and more information, call Pete Sandhu at Five Rivers at 925-315-4130 email - info@5riversAviation.com

Full Throttle Aviation Flight Scholarships

  • Two (2) flight training scholarships at $1000 each  
  • Aviation Skills Enhancement Flight Training Scholarship

          For a commercial pilot who is looking to expand their skill set. Must be current with an instrument rating, possess a 1st or 2nd class medical and have <1,500 TT. To be used for a new rating (such as multi engine or seaplane), advanced endorsement (tailwheel or high performance) or checkout in a new type of aircraft

  • One (1) Airline Training Orientation Course scholarship (valued at $495)

Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP) was developed for pilots to get an orientation to flying for the airlines. The 2-day course consists of a comprehensive tour of the pilot training center, 10 Hours of "Basic Indoc" Ground School, 2 Hours in the "Cockpit Management Trainer", and 4 hours in the full motion (Level D) flight simulator.
Applicant must be a current commercial pilot with an instrument rating, possess a 1st or 2nd class medical and have <1,500 TT

Apps are due in August. See their site for details - http://www.fullthrottleaviationllc.com/community-outreach.html

Grand Rapids Foundation (Michigan) Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship
Must be a United States citizen, enrolled full or part-time at a college or university in the United States providing an accredited flight science curriculum. Applicants must be second-year students or above with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in General Aviation, Aviation Management, or Aviation Safety. A valid pilot's certificate (not to include a Student Certificate) is required. A letter of recommendation from a professional in the aviation field is required. https://www.grfoundation.org/apply-for-scholarships/general-application

Greater Flint Pilots Association 'Michigan Takes Flight' Scholarship
The GFPA has two scholarship programs sponsored by people associated with the flying club. Both were established under a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity named Michigan Takes Flight. The Association’s Board of Directors created Michigan Takes Flight (MTF) for the express purpose of promoting the expansion of, interest in, and understanding of private flying and aviation in the greater Flint area. With a goal of offering two annual scholarships to flight training students.  If you are a young man or young lady with a desire to learn how to fly, why not check out the possibilities. To apply for a Michigan Takes Flight scholarship contact Harry Hammond at 810-629-5181 or by email at hhammond@chartermi.net. The Greater Flint Pilots Association is located at Bishop International Airport (KFNT) in Flint, Michigan.

Hal Botsford "Gift of Wings" Scholarship
$1,000 award. This annual fund will award a student grant(s) to be used for a sky ride(s), a student's flight lessons, or the pursuit of a new rating. Apps are due August 1st. More info - http://www.giftofwings.org/

IAC CP Aviation Emergency Maneuver Training Flight Scholarship
In memory of Vicki Cruse. This scholarship aims to promote aviation safety through unusual attitude and aerobatic training. The applicant must be a member of IAC and hold a private pilot certificate. Scholarship value: $3100. 

Deadline June 30th. CP Aviation is a family-owned business located in Santa Paula, California.
Qualifications: The recipient must be a member of International Aerobatic Club and hold a private pilot certificate. Scholarship value $3,100 For more info - https://www.iac.org/scholarships

IAC Douglas Yost Memorial Aerobatic Scholarship
Administered by Chapter 78 of the International Acrobatic Club and awarded annually. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote aviation safety through aerobatics training. The recipient will receive a cash payment of $2,000. Qualifications: It is preferred the applicant be a certified flight instructor (CFI) or be receiving flight instruction with the intention of becoming a CFI but it is not mandatory. The applicant can be attending College or other post-secondary school or have recently completed college. Deadline December 31. For more info -  https://www.iac.org/scholarships

IAC Greg Koontz Airshows Aerobatic Instructor Scholarship in Memory of Bobby Younkin

Scholarship value $3,600. This scholarship aims to promote and improve the aerobatic instruction field. The applicant must be a current CFI, with some tangible experience in Aerobatics.  Deadline June 30. For more info - https://www.iac.org/scholarships

ICAS Charlie R. Hillard Scholarship
Scholarship value $2,000. A grant to begin or continue flight training and is open to those between the ages of 18 and 30. The recipient must be a young man or woman between the ages of 18 and 30, and the scholarship monies must be used to begin or continue flight training. Due Dec 31st. For application visit - http://www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships

ICAS Lovelace-Drake Scholarship
Scholarship value $2,000. The recipient of the Lovelace-Drake scholarship will receive the Basic Aerobatic course from Grayout Aerosports, LLC. The eligibility requirements for this scholarship are:
Applicant must hold a Private Pilot Certificate or international equivalent.
Applicant must be at least sixteen years of age.
Applicant must indicate how he or she will, in turn, make a contribution of service back to the aviation community. (Examples: Participation in aviation related programs like Young Eagles, 99s, or Civil Air Patrol; volunteering at aviation events. For application visit - http://www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships

IACS Marian Cole Scholarship
$4,000 The applicant must be at least 16 years old and be an aspiring aviator who is interested in primary flight training or in aerobatic training, but the emphasis of the award will be in encouraging young people who are interested in the aviation or air show business. For application visit - http://www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships

ICAS Sean DeRosier Memorial Aerobatic Training Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $1,500. The recipient must be male or female between the ages of 17 and 31, wishing to pursue aerobatic flight training or an A&P license. Applicants for an aerobatic training track must have already earned at least private pilot certification. Due in July. For application visit http://www.icasfoundation.org/scholarship

King Schools/NAFI Certificated Flight Instructor Scholarship

King Schools and the National Association of Flight Instructors have teamed up to create an opportunity for a current or aspiring CFI to receive a valuable scholarship to further their education and training.  The scholarship includes $5,000 to be applied for education and/or training, lifetime access to the entire King Schools course library including FIRCs for life.  Applicants must be a current NAFI Member in good standing, hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating, plan to or be enrolled in a CFI program or course for an initial certificate or advanced instructor rating. The deadline to apply is January 3rd - http://www.kingschools.com/nafinet/king-schools-nafi-scholarship-information.asp

Leroy Homer Jr. Foundation Scholarship
The mission of The Foundation is to encourage and support young adults who are interested in pursuing aviation careers as professional pilots. This is accomplished by providing up to three (3) scholarships a year (depending on funds) to allow students to obtain a private pilots certificate.  Visit - https://www.leroywhomerjr.org/

Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation Scholarship
A grant for a student between the ages of 17 and 33 who is enrolled in an aviation program located in New  England. Administered via the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan in New York. Details http://ivascumarius.com/

Michigan Aviation Education Foundation
The MAEF Grant Program was established for the purpose of providing financial assistance for the advancement of education and training in aviation or aeronautics within the State of Michigan. Grants may be awarded for technical training in an aviation, aeronautics or an aerospace related field. Applicants must be Michigan residents.Info - http://www.maef-aviation.org/grants.html

Minnesota Aviation Trade Association Flight Scholarship
$2,000 award. Applicant must be currently enrolled in a flight training curriculum at a Minnesota flight school that is also a member of MATA https://www.mata-online.org/

Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association Safety Foundation Scholarship
Each year the Safety Foundation and Falcon Insurance Agency award an annual scholarship to promote general aviation safety to a student who is enrolled in a qualifying course of study.  Types of qualifying courses of study include flight training, aircraft maintenance, engineering, and airport management systems. http://www.mapasafety.com/scholarship

National Air Transportation Foundation Scholarships
The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF), the research and educational arm of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), offers several categories of scholarships:

  • $1,000 Pioneers of Flight Scholarship - granted to college students in their sophomore or junior year who are enrolled in a full-time aviation degree program at an accredited four-year college or university.
  • $2,500 Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship - granted to an initial or primary flight training student currently enrolled in an aviation program.
  • $2,500 NATA Business Scholarship - granted to a NATA member company employee enrolled in a continuing education program for career advancement in general aviation.
  • $2,500 Navigate Your Future Scholarship - granted to a graduating high school senior enrolled/accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college or university.
  • $1,500 Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship - granted to a college student, currently holding a private pilot's license, who is enrolled in a flight program through an accredited college/university with aspirations to become a pilot.

Visit - http://nata.aero/About-NATA/Scholarships.aspx

National Agricultural Aviation Association Scholarship 
$2,500-$5,000 in scholarships awarded by the NAAA. The scholarship is open to all NAAA members and the children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, or spouse of any NAAA operator, pilot member, retired operator or pilot who maintains an active membership with the NAAA as well as allied industry members and the children, grandchildren, sons in-law, daughters-in-law or spouse of an allied industry member. Must be a H.S. graduate. Due in August. More info- http://www.agaviation.org/scholarships

National Gay Pilots Association Scholarship

  • $5,000 Private Pilot Scholarship
  • Two $5,000 Scholarships sponsored by American Airlines
  • B737 Type Rating sponsored by Alaska Airlines
  • Two B737 Type Ratings Sponsored by American Airlines
  • Two $5,000 Scholarships sponsored by Delta Airlines
  • One $5,000 Scholarships sponsored by United Airlines                                 

The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides educational assistance in the form of scholarships to students pursuing aviation careers as professional pilots and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual & transgender (LGBT) community. Winners are not selected based sexual orientation but applicants should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the LGBT community. Applicants must be pursuing a career as a professional pilot and either accepted at or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with an aviation related curriculum (aerospace, aerodynamics, engineering, airport management, etc.) in pursuit of a degree leading to a career as a professional pilot OR undergoing a course of study in a recognized professional pilot aviation training program in an institution of higher learning, aviation technical school, or government approved flight school.


Northern California Business Aviation Association
An annual scholarship of up to $5000 to support any applicant on a career track in business aviation.
More information - http://www.norcalbaa.org/Mentoring_Committee.html

North Dakota Aviation Association Scholarship

NDAA established a fund to provide financial assistance to High School Juniors, Seniors or recent GED recipients who plan to pursue advanced education in the field of aviation. Students planning to attend post-secondary education in the areas of Professional Pilot, Aviation Maintenance, Aviation Engineering, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Airport/Aviation Management, Atmospheric Sciences, Air Traffic Control, or other aviation related fields are eligible to apply. Deadline Oct 1st.Details -

North Dakota Pilots Association
The purpose of this scholarship is to assist an individual in obtaining a sport, recreational, or private pilots certificate. The scholarship will be given to an individual who is either from North Dakota or is taking lessons from a flight instructor who is based in North Dakota. Complete the application no later than January 31st.   http://www.pilotsnd.com/scholarship/

NorthWest Data Solutions/SMS-Pro Aviation Safety Management Scholarship
$1,000 award. While not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to be currently enrolled in an aviation program at a university, college, or training program. The scholarship writing topics focus on aviation safety but applicants may be enrolled in any branch of aviation education, including pilot training. Three 500 word mini-essays on aviation safety must be submitted. Funds are paid to the winner’s university, college, or training program.
Summer Deadline: July 1st. Winter Deadline: December 1st. https://asms-pro.com/Scholarship.aspx  

Oceanside (CA) Airport Association Jack Cassen Scholarship
This scholarship will pay for the following flight training related costs

  • FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate and Student Pilot’s License
  • Pilot logbook
  • Aircraft Operating Handbook
  • Pilot headset (loaner)
  • 15 hours of aircraft rental and fuel costs
  • Instructor fees leading to a “Solo” endorsement

More information can be found at the OAA website - http://oceansideairport.org/scholarships/

Oklahoma Pilots Association Vic Jackson Memorial Scholarship
Each year the Oklahoma Pilot’s Association awards an aviation scholarship for a minimum amount of $2,500. Applicant must be a Private Pilot with a current medical certificate, be at least 18 years old and have resided in Oklahoma for at least 6 months. http://www.oklahomapilots.org

Oregon Pilots Association Ray Meyer Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 award. Must be at least 16 years old and a resident of Oregon, a member of Oregon Pilots Association (student pilot membership is free), and must have successfully soloed in a single or multi-engine land airplane.  Passage of FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test is required before funds are released. Apps are accepted Feb 1 - Apr 30th.  http://www.oregonpilot.org/asef.html

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
OBAP provides scholarships to offset costs for college tuition within an aviation-related program or to further training for aspiring aviation professionals. Dozens of awards for flight training, many jet type ratings.   http://www.obap.org/scholarships-list

Petaluma Area (CA) Pilots Association Scholarship
The Petaluma Area Pilot’s Association is offering a scholarship for aviation related studies. Awarded funds can be applied to ground school, flight training, A&P training programs, aeronautical engineering courses, etc.  Scholarship applicants must be pursuing a career in aviation.   Criteria:   High school or college students (full or part-time) who reside in Sonoma or Marin counties, or whose parents reside in those counties.  Full-time students must have a 2.5 grade point average for the last two years of their education. The amount of funds available varies each year and the scholarship value is determined by the association’s executive board. http://papapetaluma.org/scholarships

PilotSafety.com Scholarship
PilotSafety.org scholarship to help pilots who are active in the FAASafety WINGS program achieve their next certificate or rating.
Four pilots are selected annually to receive $750 in money and programs to help them along in their goal.  Each winner will receive $200 in PilotSafety training programs and a check for $550 to use towards their training. Visit their website for further details and an application - http://pilotsafety.org/Scholarship.html

Plymouth Aero Club (Plymouth, MA)
Two $2000 scholarships awarded by the Plymouth Aero Club to help encourage education in an aviation field (degree or certificate course). The program is open to all Plymouth County students or any person having an association with Plymouth Airport. Due in April.  Download the 2018 app here.

Rhode Island Pilots Association
Two aviation scholarships are awarded each May to qualified candidates wishing to pursue pilot flight training. Applicants MUST satisfy the following requirements:
Applicant must be at least 17 years of age on or before December 31st of the year of submission.
Applicant must be a resident of Rhode Island.
Applications must be postmarked no later than February 28 of the year of submission.
Applicant for flight training must be able to pass the Class III FAA physical before the funds are offered.
More information -  http://www.ripilots.com/Scholarships.htm

San Fernando Valley Chapter of The Ninety-Nines
Three $3,000 scholarships available to men and women who want to pursue careers in aviation. Criteria: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens and reside in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Applications must be submitted by May 1st. More info -  www.sfv99s.org     

Sandra Foundation Professional Pilot Scholarship
Applicants must be at least 18, an active flight student enrolled in any participating colleges, universities, or flight training programs offering pilot license training, have a High School Diploma or G.E.D equivalent. The recipients of this award will receive the funds during the commercial pilot practical exam (check ride) or immediately thereafter. Funds are approved as an educational expense and can be used in any way pertaining to flight training costs. More information at - http://www.sandrafoundation.org/the-professional-pilot-scholarship.html

Sauveur and Julie Elizagoyen Memorial Aviation Scholarship (Elko, NV)
Amount unknown. The annual scholarship will help those who dream of becoming pilots by paying a portion of the cost of flight instruction and ground school.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. citizen residing in Elko County, Nevada.  Apps are accepted via the PACE Coalition. http://www.pacecoalition.org

Seaplane Pilots Association Tyler Orsow & Chuck Kimes Scholarship
A fully paid seaplane rating for a young career track pilot. Applicants should be 17 to 35 years of age and actively pursuing a career as a professional pilot. In order to be eligible, applicants must have a private pilot certificate, possess a current bi-annual and have at least a third class medical certificate. All applicants must be US citizens. Applicants must be current, paid members of the Seaplane Pilots Association in order to be considered for the scholarships.  Application Deadline: Scholarships are awarded at multiple aviation events throughout the year, thus there is no specific deadline for applications.

Sennheiser Aviation "Live Your Dream" Scholarship
A $1,500 contribution to your flight training as well as valuable prizes donated by sponsors. Winners are selected monthly. The applicant's flight school MUST be registered as a "Live Your Dream Flight School" (they may do so for free on the Sennheiser flight school registration page). Details at - http://sennheiser-liveyourdream.com/statpg/scholarship

SoCal Pilots Association
One or more $1,500 awards per year to deserving candidates so they may become a pilot or to allow a certificated pilot to advance in their flight training. Covers flight training costs including course materials, aircraft rental [for training purposes only], and flight instructor fees. Get more info at - https://www.socalpilots.org/

South County Airport Pilots Association (San Martin, CA)
$1,000 Scholarship(s). Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, 16 years of age or older and a resident of Santa Clara, San Benito or Santa Cruz county and must be currently working on flight ratings and/or be enrolled in an academic flight-training or aviation maintenance program. Apps Due May 4th.   http://www.southcountypilots.org/

Thrust Flight Scholarships
Awards fo $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 to winners of the Thrust FLight video competition. Must be able to travel to Addison, TX for training. Deadline Oct 25th Details - https://www.thrustflight.com/scholarship/

Washington Pilots Association (Paine Field Chapter) Kurt Mason Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student seeking education and career opportunities in aviation who is a U.S. Citizen or resident and be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited flight school. Due in March. Contact - http://www.wpaflys.com/

Wichita Aero Club Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship
A $2,000 award to a student who has completed at least 50% of the required credits for a certificate, associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree at an accredited educational institution and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a degree and/or obtaining professional certification in an aviation-related field of study. If an applicant is a resident of Kansas, he or she may attend and pursue aviation‐related studies at an educational institution outside the state of Kansas. If the applicant resides outside the state of Kansas, they must elect to pursue aviation‐related studies at an educational institution in the state of Kansas to qualify for a scholarship award. http://www.wichitaaeroclub.org/award-and-scholarship/scholarship/

Wisconsin - Archie C. Towle Scholarship
The Archie C. Towle Aviation Endowment Fund was established to honor the memory of Archie while continuing t

o promote the advancement of aviation as a career. The fund annually awards scholarships to an applicant living within a 50-mile radius of the Wausau area who demonstrate financial need, ability, and a desire to pursue a career in the field of aviation. They must be able to pass at least a 2nd class FAA medical examination. Apply via the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin website. Apps are due Feb 1st. Email - info@cfoncw.org Website - http://www.cfoncw.org

Women In Aviation International
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for men and women who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. While many WAI scholarships are restricted to females only, some are open to men. See their list to see what awards are available. Must be a WAI member to apply. Visit - http://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm

Youth Scholarship - AOPA AV8RS
AOPA AV8RS is an AOPA membership category available at no charge to teens, ages 13 - 18, interested in aviation. The youth membership allows AOPA to make an early connection with young people and raises awareness of aviation and flight through education, engagement, and support. AOPA AV8RS scholarships are funded through the AOPA Foundation and made possible through the  Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. Only teen members currently enrolled in the AOPA AV8RS  membership category are eligible to participate in the AOPA AV8RS scholarship program which will award up to $15,000 in financial assistance. To for award criteria and to join AOPA AV8RS, go to -  http://www.aopa.org/membership

Youth Scholarship - Arizona Pilots Association
Awards scholarships of $1,000-2,000 annually to deserving high school students. Scholarships to lessen the financial need of students pursuing aviation-related education opportunities at accredited colleges, universities, and technical institutions and further the education of students desire to work in the field of aviation as a pilot or an aircraft maintenance technician. Due in March. http://azpilots.org

Youth Scholarship - Bultman Youth Soaring Scholarship
Up to $600 to support post-solo soaring. Eligibility: Young soaring pilots ages 14-22 who has made impressive contributions to a soaring club or school. Someone who may be too financially strapped to buy tows for personal recreation or personal progress in the sport. Due in April. For further details visit https://www.ssa.org/Youth?show=blog&id=2389

Youth Scholarship - EAA Chapter 240 Fred Kacena Flight Training Scholarship (PA)
$2,000 per awardee. Some years have multiple awards. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 23.  All flight training will be conducted by the New Garden Flight Connection school at the New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA. Applications are April 30th. Info - http://www.eaa240.org

Youth Scholarship - Desert Jet Center John J. Benoit Memorial Scholarship
A $1,000 award to a Riverside County high school student pursuing a career in aviation. The scholarship program will run through 2027. Contact DJ for more details - http://www.desertjet.com

Youth Scholarship - Greene County (Ohio) Jackson Regional Airport Scholarship
The family of Dr. Lewis A. Jackson has established a scholarship in his memory to help Greene County, Ohio youth obtain training leading to careers in aviation. The Jackson Aviation Scholarship will be administered by the Jackson Aviation Scholarship Committee. Scholarship funds may be used to help a licensed pilot obtain an advanced rating. Training is to be conducted at the Greene County -Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. Applicants for the Jackson Aviation Scholarship must be in junior high school, high school or college. Open to certificated pilots working toward an advanced rating. Must have passed the applicable written examinations and hold a current flight physical commensurate with the rating being sought.

Youth Scholarships - Learning for Life Aviation Explorers Scholarships
An Aviation Explorer can apply for multiple National Aviation Explorer Scholarships by submitting one standard application to the local council Learning for Life office for approval. Scholarships ranging between $3,000 and $10,000 will be presented annually. Go to http://www.aviationexploring.org and click on the National Aviation Explorer Scholarships Guide and Application link.

Youth Scholarship - Montana Pilots Association (MPA) Junior Pilot Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship to an applicant demonstrating an outstanding interest in aviation, citizenship in their community and demonstrated academic achievement. The recipient must be a Montana resident and previously soloed. Preference is given to younger applicants who are new pilots or pursuing a profession in aviation. http://www.mdt.mt.gov/aviation/scholarships.shtml

Youth Scholarship - Oceanside Airport (CA) Association Jack Cassen Scholarship

The scholarship is designed to promotethe aviation interests and career pursuits of local high school students and will only be awarded to thosewho have demonstrated a strong interestin aviation and are passionate about becoming a pilot. This scholarship is intended to lead to the achievement of a “Solo” flight by the participating student.Details -

Youth Scholarship - Upwind Summer Scholarship Program

Airplane & Helicopter scholarships in the San Carlos, CA area.
Awards to provide ground and flight training to the successful applicant to become a Private Pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year. Must be US citizen or legal resident, a high school student, and at least 17 years of age at the time of the checkride (late August) Be able to obtain a third class medical examination prior to completing ground school.
The entire program is provided free of charge to successful candidates. This includes:

  • Ground school instruction with all necessary materials, books, charts, and basic flight planning tools
  • Scheduling and completing the FAA written knowledge test
  • Scheduling and completing a third class medical examination
  • Flight instruction with certified instructors
  • Mentoring and guidance from other instructors and pilots
  • Phase checks at appropriate training milestones
  • Check ride with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)

Website - http://www.upwindscholarship.com/about/

Youth Scholarship - Williamsburg Aviation Scholarship Program
The total value of this Private Pilot scholarship is approx $11,000 for training at the Williamsburg Flight Center and covers up to a maximum of 50 flight hours. Only applicants who are Virginia residents and attending school in the Tidewater area will be considered. Details at the WASP website - https://www.waspscholarship.org/