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John R. Lillard Scholarship/Kenneth R. Scott Scholarship

Offered by Virginia Department of Aviation & Virginia Airport Operators Council

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Nov 10, 2023
Multiple awards worth

$3,000 - $6,000

Grade level

High School Senior

Application deadline:

March 1, 2024

Scholarship Overview

The Department administers two Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC) scholarships: the John R. Lillard Scholarship and the Kenneth R. Scott Scholarship. Both scholarships are open to deserving students who are graduating from a public high school within the Commonwealth of Virginia and who are admitted to an institution of higher education in the field of aviation management and/or aviation sciences. Unless otherwise directed by the applicant, the Department will consider applicants for both the John R. Lillard and Kenneth R. Scott scholarships, and may reward a $3,000 scholarship to two separate applicants or combine both scholarships for a single applicant, at its sole discretion.

If you’re a graduating high school senior from Virginia wanting to pursue a career in aviation, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more, and soar towards your dreams.

About Virginia Department of Aviation & Virginia Airport Operators Council

The Virginia Department of Aviation is an executive branch agency, reporting to the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, whose creation and powers are contained in Title 5.1 - Aviation. The Virginia Department of Aviation's Mission is to develop, promote, and advance aviation in Virginia for the benefit of all. They do this in partnership with airports and others in Virginia to improve airport facilities, cultivate new technologies, inspire the next generation, and foster economic development.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School Senior

Minimum GPA


Academic Interest




Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

350-500-word essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship designated for full-time or part-time students?

This scholarship is designated for full-time enrollment status only.

Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

Yes, this scholarship is restricted for use at four-year colleges.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Virginia Department of Aviation & Virginia Airport Operators Council at betty.w[email protected].

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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