Aviation Scholarships

Getting started down the path to a career in aviation is a big decision and takes commitment. Ultimately it can lead to one of the most rewarding careers available. A common mistake for new students, is failing to seek out and research all of their options for financial aid.

There are many ways to fund your flight training, and a scholarship might be the perfect fit for any student. Cornerstone Aviation provides scholarship opportunities through private organizations, such as:

What types of  scholarships are available?

Most of the following scholarships are for college students. Some may be for high school students entering college. For further information about requirements, write to the contacts named in the list below. Information is provided alphabetically, according to the organization providing the award. Be sure to check back with CSA, as this list continues to grow over time.

  • Air Line Pilots Association. Various scholarships available to children of deceased or medically retired ALPA pilots. Jan Philbrick, President’s Department, Air Line Pilots Association, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC 20036.

  • ALASKAN AVIATION SAFETY FOUNDATION : The scholarship was established with monies received from families and friends of Alaskan Aviators who have gone to new horizons. Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation ATTN: Scholarship Committee 4340 Aircraft Drive Anchorage, Alaska 99502 Phone: (907)243-7237

  • ALASKA NINETY NINES, INC: The Alaska Chapter 99โ€™s Career Scholarships are available to Female Student Pilots and Female Pilots: $1000 Career Scholarship for a Female Pilot with at least a Private Pilot Certificate $300 Student Pilot Scholarship to a female student pilot with a solo endorsement.

  • Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship. Various scholarships to collegiate aviation students. Air Traffic Control Association, Scholarship Fund Inc., 2020 NB. 14th St., Suite 410, Arlington, VA 22201.

  • Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship. Five annual $500 scholarships to active members on the Alpha Eta Rho, Alpha Eta Rho, National Headquarters, 4627 Ocean Blvd., #220, San Diego, CA 92109.

  • AOPA Air Safety Foundation McAllister Memorial Scholarships. Two annual $1,000 scholarships for college students pursuing aviation degrees. Awarded jointly by the AOPA Air Safety Foundation and the University Aviation Association. AOPA Air Safety Foundation, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701.

  • Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association Scholarship. Two annual $750 awards, one to an aviation management major and one to a professional pilot major. ADMA Scholarship Program, 1900 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

  • C. Alfred Anderson Scholarship. $2,500 per academic year. Must attend Florida Memorial College. Metro Dade Aviation Department, Miami International Airport Miami, Florida.

  • Experimental Aircraft Association/EAA Aviation Foundation. A variety of awards and scholarships ranging from $200, to full tuition, books and equipment to students seeking careers in aviation. For information on the 10 scholarship program offered by EAA write: Scholarship Program, EAA Aviation Foundation, Wittman Airfield, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3065.

  • Illinois Pilot Association Scholarship. One annual $500 scholarship to students in an aviation degree program. IPS State Headquarters, 801 1/2 S. 4th St., Apt. A, Springfield, IL 62703.

  • International Aviation Career Scholarship. Annual $1,200 scholarship awarded to a female pilot with a commercial license and at least 250 hours flight time and who is pursuing a career as an airline pilot. Sponsored by International Association of Women Airline Pilots. ISA +21, PO Box 38644, Denver, CO 80238.

  • Marion Barnick Memorial Scholarship. $1,000 scholarships to a female private pilot who is either a member of the Ninety Nines OR a student at San Jose State, Gavilian College, Foothill College or West Valley College in California. Applications due June 1, 1996. Contact: Judy Williams, Chairperson, Marion Barnick Scholarship Committee, 5 No Name Road, Los Gatos CA 95030.

  • National Air Transport Association, Foundation Pioneers of Flight Scholarship. Four $2,500 renewable scholarships for college juniors or seniors. Mark Collatz, Manager Public Relations, National Air Transport Association Foundation, 4226 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302.

  • National Business Aircraft Association Award or Scholarship. Up to $500 a year to aviation students of NBAA member universities or colleges. Ann W. Devers, Manager, Educational Programs, NBAA, 1200 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036.

  • The Ninety-Nines Inc, The International Organization of Women Pilots, Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund gives over $200,000 a year to women training for their PPL-ATP, jet type ratings or academics to members of the organization of at least  one year as of Dec 1st annually. Also, many chapters of the 99s give their own awards.

  • Parks College of St. Louis University Cobro Maintenance Science Scholarships. Awards of up to $10,000, or 120 percent of a student’s annual tuition and fees, up to a three-year minimum of $30,000. COBRO Maintenance Science Scholarship, Parks College of St. Louis University, Cahokia, IL 62203.

  • Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Scholarship Fund. Annual scholarship to a student pursing an A&P license. PAMA Scholarship Committee, 500 NW Plaza, Suite 912, St. Ann, MO 63074.

  • Soaring Society of America Youth Soaring Scholarship. $600 towards a sailplane flying lessons, and lesser prizes of textbooks and memberships. Young persons between ages 14 and 22 and not holders of any FAA pilot license. Application forms are available at gliderports only. CADET Scholarship, Soaring Society of America, PO Box E, Hobbs, NM 88241. (505) 392-1177.

  • Southeastern Airport Managers Association Scholarship. Two annual awards up to $1,500 for students with a B.S. degree in an airport management or directly related curriculum. Southeastern Airport, Manager Association, c/p John R. Games, Treasurer, Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, PO Box 1913, Owensboro, KY 42302.

  • SPORTYโ€™S: Two $15,000 scholarships to full-time high school or college students. Applicants must be enrolled in a high school preparatory course or at an accredited college or university that awards two-year or four-year degrees. Applicants must be full-tie student and may be pursuing any course of study. Scholarship funds must be used toward training that leads to an FAA recreational pilot, private pilot, commercial or flight instructor certificate, and may include instrument and multi-engine ratings.  For application forms and scholarship rules write to: Sportyโ€™s Aviation Scholarship Program PO Box 44327 Cincinnati, OH 45244

  • Virginia Airport Operators Council Aviation Scholarship Award. $500 scholarship and two runners-up $50 a career in aviation and who has been accepted by an accredited college. VOAC Scholarship, c/o Herbert B. Armstrong, Airway Science Program, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23688.

  • Whirly-Girls Scholarships. Annual $4,000 scholarship to a female commercial airplane pilot to obtain an initial or additional helicopter rating. Whirly-Girls, 1725 DeSales St., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.

  • Wilfred M. Post, Jr. Aviation Scholarship. Four $1,000 grants to juniors/ seniors pursing b.s. degrees in aviation management. Northeast Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives, Executive Secretary, NEC/AAAE, 4224 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302.

  • WOMEN IN AVIATION, INTERNATIONAL: Has received more than $200,000 from private companies for scholarships toward flight training, maintenance training and general areas such as leadership training. For further information contact: WAI Headquarters 3647 S.R 5403 S. Alexandria, OH 4548 Phone: (937) 839-4647

  • Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards. $6,000 grants to women for graduate study in aerospace-related science or engineering. Zonta International, 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

  • Aviation Scholarship Foundation  P. O. Box 246  Palos Park, IL 60464