Aviation Scholarships and Financial Aids

Many students today are increasingly interested in working in an airport. With the air transportation industry constantly growing, aviation becomes a more and more appealing and inspiring profession. Not only that it offers high-paying opportunities, but there’s indeed a wide range of career options to choose from in this field. Whether you want to be a pilot, a flight attendant, a mechanical technician, a flight engineer, or an officer who is responsible in generating aviation industry standards, there is sure to be a great position waiting for you when you a pursue a degree in the field.

However, before you can obtain a position in aviation, you must first complete a required education, which can be very expensive. But don’t worry, as there are a lot of scholarships out there that can help you fund your tuition fees and pursue the aviation career you’re dreaming. And here are some of those:

AeroClub of New England’s Scholarship Programs

ACONE provides several scholarship programs for students who want to pursue a degree in aviation, particularly for pilot, engineering, and aeronautics students. Some of the scholarship programs they offer are Crocker Snow Instrument Scholarship, Anne Bridge Baddour Scholarship, Bonita Connors Memorial Scholarship, and John T. Griffin, Sr. Scholarship. The rewards are varied, from $500 to $5,000 worth of financial aid each.

Aircraft Electronics Association Education Foundation

AEA Education Foundation partners with some of the biggest aviation institutions and companies to provide financial aid for those who seek careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, as well as to those technicians from companies who are member of the AEA Foundation. They offer several scholarship programs with varying awards, ranging from $1,000 to more than $40,000 worth of financial assistance for each deserving student.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

ASF supports some deserving students who are taking degrees related in engineering, science, and mathematics. But to be eligible, you must be at least second year college student, have to maintain excellent grades, must be U.S. citizen, must be attending at one of their partner institutions, and have an intention to pursue advanced degrees.

LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation

The Leroy W. Homer Jr. Foundation encourages and supports young adults who want to pursue a career in aviation, specifically as professional pilots. But to be considered for application, you must meet their set requirements first, which include being a U.S. citizen and being at least 16 years of age by the application deadline.

University Aviation Association

UAA provides numerous scholarship awards for students who enrolled or who want to enroll in aviation related curriculum. They also work in partnership with other organizations to support students pursuing degrees related in aviation. Some of the scholarships they offer are Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship, Paul A. Whelan Aviation and Aerospace Scholarship, AAAE Foundation Scholarship, Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Scholarship, and Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship. The amount awards are varied, ranging from $500 to $7,500 or more, for each of the selected students.

Women in Aviation International

WAI Foundation offers several scholarship programs to help aviation students fund their education. Their aim is to help students advance their careers in the field and ultimately obtain the job they’re dreaming of. Whether you’re a pilot, technician, manager, or a mechanic student, there’s an award available for you. To apply, you must be a member of Women in Aviation Foundation and submit an application, which is downloadable at their website.