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    Top 116 Aviation Scholarships✈️ in May 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: May 2nd, 2024

    In addition to providing an exciting career path, pilots, copilots, and flight engineers are also highly compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for airline pilots was $134,630 in 2022! This makes aviation a very lucrative career pathway for students. The good news is that there are aviation scholarships and flight training scholarships to help support your education.

    Keep on reading to learn more about specific aviation scholarships that students can apply for, whether you are hoping to be a pilot, technician, or a crew member! We also include some great college-specific scholarships and organizations that future aviation professionals should consider joining.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    “Tuition Solution” Scholarship for STEM Students

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500…Show More

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500…Show More

    Do you like figuring out solutions to difficult problems? Well, if you’re a current or aspiring STEM major, we have one for you! Our $500 “Tuition Solution” Scholarship is meant for high school juniors and seniors (graduating class of 2024 or 2025), as well as undergraduate and graduate students enrolled during the 2023-24 academic year who are looking for ways to fund their postsecondary education in STEM. In order to apply, you must write an essay about how your passion for STEM started and how the scholarship will help you fulfill your dreams. No matter which STEM field ignites your interest, we look forward to reading your essays. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. Apply today - it’s time to cell-e-brate you!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Breakthrough Junior Challenge

    Offered by Breakthrough

    1 award worth $250,000
    Deadline Jun 25, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Breakthrough

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a passion for STEM? If so, consider applying for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge! Each year, the challenge awards $250,000 to a 13-18-year-old student who creatively and clearly explains a scientific or mathematical theory, concept, or principle in video form. The videos must be no longer than a minute and 30 seconds long and should be a dynamic visual medium, using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations, and more. The scholarship is funded by technology investors and science philanthropists Julia and Yuri Milner.  If you have a love for STEM, video making, and want to go to college debt-free, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $250,000
    Deadline Jun 25, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    FlightSafety/CAE Professional Pilot Training Awards

    Offered by Chicago Area Business Aviation Association

    2 awards worth 22,200
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Chicago Area Business Aviation Association

    The FlightSafety/CAE Professional Pilot Training Awards annually awards two applicants with advanced training to enhance each individual's progress toward a career in Business Aviation. The…Show More

    The FlightSafety/CAE Professional Pilot Training Awards annually awards two applicants with advanced training to enhance each individual's progress toward a career in Business Aviation. The…Show More

    The FlightSafety/CAE Professional Pilot Training Awards annually awards two applicants with advanced training to enhance each individual's progress toward a career in Business Aviation. The awards will be a Citation series SIC (Second In Command) course at FlightSafety and a Citation series SIC course at CAE. With the completion of this course, the pilot will obtain skills to operate a Citation aircraft as a SIC. The retail value of each award is approximately $22,200 per scholarship. CABAA will also provide a travel reimbursement to help assist (not fully cover) the cost of travel. Applicants must hold or will hold a current Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating with a minimum of 250 hours total time. Preference is given to Chicagoland/Illinois area residents and students, followed by residents and students of surrounding states. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth 22,200
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Al and Williamary Viste Scholarship

    Offered by 101st Airborne Division Association

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 7, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Offered by 101st Airborne Division Association

    The Al and Williamary Viste Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students who have the potential to become valuable assets to our nation. This scholarship…Show More

    The Al and Williamary Viste Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students who have the potential to become valuable assets to our nation. This scholarship…Show More

    The Al and Williamary Viste Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for students who have the potential to become valuable assets to our nation. This scholarship provides financial assistance to those applicants whose parents, grandparents, or spouses are or were a member of the 101st Airborne Division Association. Preference will be given to those pursuing degrees in physical sciences, medical, or scientific research fields. Don't miss out on this chance to invest in your future and make a difference in the world! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 7, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Screaming Eagle Surviving Children’s Scholarship

    Offered by 101st Airborne Division Association

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 7, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by 101st Airborne Division Association

    The Screaming Eagle Surviving Children's Scholarship is a funding opportunity for dependent children of Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell units who…Show More

    The Screaming Eagle Surviving Children's Scholarship is a funding opportunity for dependent children of Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell units who…Show More

    The Screaming Eagle Surviving Children's Scholarship is a funding opportunity for dependent children of Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell units who have been killed or severely wounded since September 11, 2001 in the Global War on Terror. The scholarship, offered in partnership with the Patriot Foundation, provides secondary education and future use scholarship opportunities to help these children achieve their academic goals. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 7, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Navigate Your Future Scholarship

    Offered by National Air Transportation Association

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by National Air Transportation Association

    Are you a high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation-related program at a university and is planning to pursue a career in…Show More

    Are you a high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation-related program at a university and is planning to pursue a career in…Show More

    Are you a high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation-related program at a university and is planning to pursue a career in aviation? If so, consider applying for the Navigate Your Future Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to one applicant to be used for one year of full-time undergraduate study. The scholarship is offered by the National Air Transportation Association, an association of aviation service providers with a mission to “empower our members to be safe and successful aviation businesses” If you’re passionate about flying (and your future), we encourage you to dream big, fly high, and apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship

    Offered by University Aviation Association

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen

    Offered by University Aviation Association

    The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship was established through the University Aviation Association to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in…Show More

    The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship was established through the University Aviation Association to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in…Show More

    The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship was established through the University Aviation Association to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in their aviation studies. It is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a commitment and devotion to aviation in the tradition of Joseph Frasca. Must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in a University Aviation Association (UAA) member institution. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen
    Get Started

    Dottie Sanders Memorial Flight Scholarship

    Offered by San Diego Ninety-Nines

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by San Diego Ninety-Nines

    Are you a woman who (a) resides in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, or Imperial County, California or (b) is a member of any chapter of…Show More

    Are you a woman who (a) resides in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, or Imperial County, California or (b) is a member of any chapter of…Show More

    Are you a woman who (a) resides in San Diego, Riverside, Orange, or Imperial County, California or (b) is a member of any chapter of the Southwest Section of the Ninety-Nines, and is seeking funding for flight training? If so, the Dottie Sanders Memorial Flight Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one (1) female resident of the above counties OR a female member of any chapter of a Southwest Ninety-Nines Section who is seeking funding for flight training. In addition, PPL applicants must have completed a solo flight and passed the written exam for a private pilot license, while those applying for an advanced rating/certificate must hold a private piloting certificate. Funds may be used to help fund Private Pilot training OR if a certified pilot applicant, may be used to fund training for the Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, or any Flight Instructor certificates. If you're a woman who is residing in or part of an eligible Ninety-Nines Section in Southern California, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship

    Offered by Epic Flight Academy

    2 awards worth $20,000
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Epic Flight Academy

    Are you a high school senior wanting to go into aircraft mechanic training? If so, the Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior wanting to go into aircraft mechanic training? If so, the Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship may be a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior wanting to go into aircraft mechanic training? If so, the Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $20,000 to two (2) high school seniors who are (1) willing to start aircraft mechanic training within 12 months of receiving the scholarship and (2) will be 18 years old by the time training starts. To apply, interested students must submit one short essay, two letters of recommendation, a ~2-minute-long Youtube video, and an aviation-related photo of themselves. If you're a high school senior with dreams of becoming an aircraft mechanic, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more, and keep soaring towards your dreams.Show Less

    2 awards worth $20,000
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    International Society of Women Type Rating Scholarships

    Offered by International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21)

    2 awards worth $10,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21)

    The International Society of Women Type Rating Scholarships award $10,000 to two aspiring female airline pilots each year. To be eligible, applicants must hold an…Show More

    The International Society of Women Type Rating Scholarships award $10,000 to two aspiring female airline pilots each year. To be eligible, applicants must hold an…Show More

    The International Society of Women Type Rating Scholarships award $10,000 to two aspiring female airline pilots each year. To be eligible, applicants must hold an ATP (or ICAO equivalent) license, have accumulated a minimum of 2500 hours total flight time (including a minimum of 500 multi-engine turbine flight hours included in the total time), and hold a current first-class medical certificate. Two selected winners will complete their training with Flight Training International in Miami, Dallas, or Denver, in the United States. If you’re an aspiring female pilot, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $10,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Amelia Earhart Academic Scholarship

    Offered by The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Jan 1, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

    Are you a college student pursuing a degree in aviation or aerospace? If so, consider applying for the Amelia Earhart Academic Scholarship! The scholarship is…Show More

    Are you a college student pursuing a degree in aviation or aerospace? If so, consider applying for the Amelia Earhart Academic Scholarship! The scholarship is…Show More

    Are you a college student pursuing a degree in aviation or aerospace? If so, consider applying for the Amelia Earhart Academic Scholarship! The scholarship is open to members of The Ninety-Nines pursuing a college degree in aviation or aerospace. The Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international organization of licensed international women pilots, is proud to offer this and other scholarships for future pilots. They look to promote aviation education and scholarships to honor their history and share their passion for flight. In 1940, The Ninety-Nines established the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor her memory and continue her legacy of love for flying. Thus, their Academic Scholarship awards up to $10,000 to multiple recipients to help fund their flight training, every year. If you are a college student looking for some help paying for your aviation program, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Jan 1, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP)

    Offered by U.S. Air Force ROTC

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Underclassmen

    Offered by U.S. Air Force ROTC

    Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…Show More

    Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…Show More

    Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program! The ISCP is open to college freshmen and sophomores in specific majors whose universities host an Air Force ROTC program and who have completed at least one term as full-time students.  The U.S. Air Force ROTC offers the scholarship program as a way to support students and develop leaders for future members of the air force. Thus, students who are selected for the program must accept a commission as an Air or Space Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty. In addition to this, chosen applicants may receive scholarships in varying amounts to help with their tuition costs. Bear in mind that there is no formal application process for the Program. Rather, Air Force ROTC staff evaluate and nominate cadets themselves. For more details on the In-College Scholarship Program, we recommend contacting your school’s AFROTC detachment. Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Underclassmen
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    How to win aviation scholarships

    Like any type of scholarship, aviation scholarships receive a lot of applications, and so it’s important to make yours stand out in order to win one. Two of the best ways to put together a compelling application are to do some research into the organization offering the opportunity, and to read the application materials thoroughly. Try to find the values and principles they are looking for in a candidate, and then emphasize these throughout your application.

    Once you have an idea of what to write about, it’s time to focus on fine-tuning your writing. We’ve got guides to help, including how to write a winning scholarship essay, how to write about yourself, and how to tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits. We can also walk you through the steps of making a scholarship resume, and give you tutorials on answering some of the most common scholarship prompts.

    Finally, don’t forget about local scholarships! Local scholarships have a much lower number of applicants, so you have a higher chance of winning. Try looking at some local community organizations to see if they offer any opportunities.

    Top colleges for aviation scholarships

    The above private aviation scholarships are an important part of paying for your education. However, savvy students will also identify specific colleges and universities where they can qualify for need-based and merit-based financial aid. We recommend that students use the Net Price Calculator to estimate need-based financial aid.

    If you are interested in aviation and aerospace, here are some of the top colleges and universities that you should be considering:

    Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)

    • Purdue offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in their School of Aviation and Transportation.

    Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (Arizona & Florida)

    • Do you want to attend a college that is completely focused on aviation and aerospace? Embry-Riddle offers just that and is the largest such institution in the world.

    Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

    • Ohio State is home to the Center for Aviation Studies which includes the Ohio State University Airport (which is the third busiest airport in the entire state!)

    University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, North Dakota)

    • The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND provides students with a blend of liberal arts courses and professional aviation education.

    Resources for aviation students

    Like many fields of study, aviation students can gain a lot from joining student and professional organizations. These organizations can connect them to others in their field, giving them great career advice, networking opportunities, and could even lead to a job or internship. Here are some aviation organizations you may consider joining, and remember to look for more local and regional ones as well:

    National Intercollegiate Flying Association

    Whether you are looking for a career in aviation or enjoy it as a hobby, this organization will connect you to pilots and aviation enthusiasts all around the country! They offer multiple tiers of memberships, so you can find one that works as a good price point for you.

    Alpha Eta Rho

    Alpha Eta Rho is an aviation fraternity that connects aviation students across the country. They also offer scholarships, networking opportunities, connections to mentors, and even act as a middleman between colleges and airlines! Don’t miss out on this organization.

    National Gay Pilot’s Association

    Members of the LGBTQ+ community may find a great network and community in this organization, which unites LGBTQ+ pilots across the country. If you are wondering what it is like to be LGBTQ+ in the aviation field, this is a great place for firsthand information! They also offer a considerable number of scholarships.

    Frequently asked questions about aviation scholarships

    Do airlines give aviation scholarships?

    Many airlines offer scholarships to help future pilots through flight school. One example is Envoy Air’s Future Airline Pilot scholarship. Envoy Air is the company that runs pilot hiring for American Airlines. So, not only will this scholarship help you pay for flight school, but it may help you secure a job with American Airlines after graduation.

    Some airlines have been taking steps to become more involved in the training and recruitment process. For example, United Airlines founded the United Aviate Academy in 2020. They have a wide selection of scholarships available, and they automatically strike certain costs for students who go on to fly with them.

    Do I need a bachelor’s to get an aviation degree?

    In general, airline pilots do not need a college degree. There is no law mandating a pilot’s degree for pilots. However, some airlines may require their pilots to hold a degree, so you’ll have to do research specific to the airlines you are considering. 

    Becoming a pilot can be a great way to find a well-paying job without putting up the huge sum required to go to college. But it is also true that a lack of a college degree may limit your options for advancement and earning higher pay.

    How many hours do I need for a pilot’s license?

    The FAA requires that all students earn 1,500 hours to become a pilot. However, you should note that this requirement may vary by airline. While 1,500 hours is the minimum, some airlines may require that you earn more in order to land a job as a pilot.

    Is becoming a pilot worth the cost of a degree?

    For the most part, being a pilot is well-worth the cost of a degree. If you know that piloting is the career you want, it is a great option, with a 2020 median salary of $130,440 and a lower education cost than most bachelor’s degrees. For example, the 2022 cost for a full education at United Aviate Academy is $71,250, which is a small fraction of full tuition at any four-year institution. 

    Especially if you supplement that tuition with scholarships, this is extremely affordable considering the high pay of the profession. Just remember – it is an intensive profession that is not for everyone. Before paying the money for a degree, make sure to talk to pilots and get an idea of the lifestyle they live to see if it’s a good fit for you.

    Also see: How much student loan debt is too much?

    Can I use FAFSA for aviation school?

    Some flight schools may use the FAFSA to assess a student’s financial need, but this can vary school-by-school. You might also be able to qualify for the Pell Grant and Stafford loans through the FAFSA. However, this can vary based on the accreditation status of your flight school. Make sure to check with your prospective schools to see whether their students can receive Pell Grant money and federal loans. This could have a substantial effect on the school’s affordability.

    Can crew members and technicians apply for aviation scholarships?

    Yes! Many of the scholarships on this list accept applicants who are in any field of aviation. That includes technicians who keep the planes running and crew members who perform duties other than pilot. For example, the Amelia Earhart Academic Scholarship is open to any female student pursuing a career in aviation.

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