Financial Aid & Scholarships

Aviation Scholarships

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Scholarships are one of the best ways for future pilots to fund their flight training because the money never needs to be paid back! About $3.3 billion in gift aid is awarded by private sources each year. Unfortunately, there are many scholarships that go un-awarded each year because people simply think it’s too difficult to apply.

The selection process for scholarships can take a few months, deadlines are by sponsor and are not dictated by the University. It’s a good idea to begin reviewing scholarship opportunities prior to enrollment and continually throughout your education. Many scholarships come and go throughout the year, check this website and each opportunity frequently for accurate information.

Some scholarships may require a membership enrollment, and there can be a fee associated with the membership. The potential award of a scholarship may be worth the membership fee, but it is up to the student to decide. A scholarship application or membership to any affiliation does not guarantee the applicant funding and is not the responsibility of the University.

The University has gathered the below resources for students to seek out as a convenience for students and does not guarantee anything further than this page being a resource.

SUU Rotor Wing Aviation Scholarship

The Rotor Aviation Scholarship is a $20,000 award used only for Commercial training (lab 2276).

Scholarship recipients are chosen by the SUU Aviation Scholarship Review Committee. They will notify all applicants of their status via email. Scholarships will be paid directly to the student's SUU account and applied to the appropriate semester charges.

Please contact the Aviation Department at or call us at 435-865-8148 if you have questions.

Alaska Air Carriers Association

The Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) was founded in 1966 to help operators in Southeast Alaska have an organized “voice” in aviation regarding state legislation and worker’s compensation insurance premiums for high risk businesses.

Today, our mission is support and advocate for the Alaskan commercial aviation community. Our office works daily to advocate for passage of wise federal and state regulations that affect our membership, and challenge those regulations that stifle healthy business or threaten safe operations. We provide a safe conduit between government and our membership.

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

Please note that you may only be a recipient in one AAAE sponsored scholarship program. You may apply for multiple programs, but if you are selected in one program you will not be eligible to be a recipient in the other programs. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Basaria, Vice President, Member Experience and AAAE Foundation.

Scholarships available:

A.A.E Scholarship
AAAE Foundation Scholarship Endorsed by an A.A.E
AAAE Foundation Scholarship
AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Women in Aviation
AAAE Scholarship for Native Americans

Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA)

ACI-NA/CAC offers two scholarships to help support the future workforce of the airport and aviation industry: the Commissioners Scholarship Fund and the Gerry Bruno Scholarship.

ACI-NA Commissioners, made up of members of the Boards, Commissions and Trustees of ACI-NA member airports, established a Scholarship Fund in 1993 to recognize students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in airport management or airport operations.

The scholarship program recognizes the importance of the highly specialized education necessary to fill the extremely complex and multi-disciplined role of being a professional airport administrator or airport operator. To effectively run today’s modern aviation facilities, an airport manager or airport operator must have high levels of management, operational and accounting skills coupled with some aviation experience.

The ACI-NA Commissioners Scholarship Fund is independently administered by the University Aviation Association (UAA). The University Aviation Association (UAA) plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of the aviation industry. As a non-profit organization, UAA is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, your gift to the ACI-NA Commissioners Scholarship fund is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

Aviation scholarships can be of the utmost importance to a student, and here at the AOPA we strive to make finding them easy. This subject report will give an applicant the tools and information necessary to create a strong scholarship application, which may give the applicant an “edge” over others who are competing for the same scholarship. The application advice includes tips such as writing about a unique experience that will capture the reader’s attention, and having the application in well before the deadline. The subject report also offers a concise list of aviation-related scholarships.

Please call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center with questions – 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 6:00 ET.

Aviation Careers Podcast

Welcome to your resource for Aviation and Aerospace Scholarships. The information concerning each scholarship is presented in a compete and simplified format. Our scholarship team constantly updates and verifies each listing giving you the most up to date information.

It can be a daunting task researching scholarships for your specific needs. Many of the online directories have inaccurate or outdated information. Some only containing links to the scholarship website.

This directory will help you achieve your career goals by obtaining money to fund your training and education. By applying to one or more scholarships you could earn thousands towards your education or training. Become a member today and you can view the entire directory.

Brooke Owens Fellowship Program

Created to honor the legacy of a beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens (1980 – 2016), the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women who, like Brooke, aspire to explore our sky and stars, to shake up the aerospace industry, and to help their fellow men and women here on planet Earth. We do this by matching thirty-six extraordinary women per year with purpose-driven, paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations and with senior and executive level mentors.

The Brooke Owens Fellow Experience - Brooke Owens Fellows are selected for their talent, their experience to date, their commitment to service, and their creativity. Their experience in the program is designed to help them grow in each of those areas, turning promising students into thriving leaders.

Chicago Area Business Aviation Association

The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has a relationship with NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) that is synergistic - that is, they compliment each other. Both passionately involved with similar issues. The primary difference however, is that while NBAA is structured to address business aviation issues on a national level CABAA is focused on Chicagoland issues at a grassroots level. CABAA feel that both associations perform a vital service to the business aircraft community.

NBAA can be considered to be a "macro" version of CABAA. Because of its national scope, NBAA is able to hold only one national meeting a year. Consequently, local concerns and issues are not addressed. The national association recognized this aspect and subsequently has been a strong influence in organizing local associations.

EAA The Spirit of Aviation

EAA’s scholarship program encourages, recognizes and supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. These annual scholarships help outstanding students who demonstrate financial need to accomplish their goals.

Applicants should be well-rounded, involved in school and community activities as well as aviation. Academic records should show that you can successfully complete the educational activity for which you are applying. Please check individual scholarship descriptions for any special considerations.

You must be a current EAA member or recommended by a current EAA member to apply for these scholarships.

Please carefully read the description and requirements. Questions should be directed to

Helicopter Foundation International

HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry. If you are enrolled in either pilot or maintenance technician training, then review the scholarship descriptions below and consider applying for an HFI scholarship.

2018 scholarships are accepted beginning September 1.

The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2017. HFI will notify scholarship applicants by January 15, 2018, of their status.

International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)

ISASI is a society formed to promote air safety by the exchange of ideas, experiences and information about aircraft accident investigations, and to aid in the advancement of flight safety; to promote technical advancement by providing professional education through lectures, displays and presentations and by the exchange of information for mutual development of improved investigations; to broaden professional relationships among members; to maintain and increase the prestige, standing and influence of the Air Safety Investigator in matters of air safety. The Society was founded in the United States under articles of incorporation in the District of Columbia on August 14, 1964. At the organizational meeting, the governing by-laws of the Society were adopted, and the first slate of officers elected. Mr. Joseph 0. Fluett of the U. S. Civil Aeronautics Board and the initiator of the preliminary action to establish the Society, was elected the first President.

International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21)

2018 Financial Scholarships (4)

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award three scholarships up to $5000 to women working to acquire a CFI, CFII or MEI certificate and up to $5000 for the David Mandot Memoriam CFI/CFII scholarship. Funds will be paid directly to the American Flyers Academy at their Addison TX, Pompano Beach, FL, or Morristown, NJ locations, an accredited college or university with an aviation curriculum, an aviation technical school, or government approved flight school. Training must be completed within one year of the award. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you. Your resume should include all schools attended and degrees acquired. Candidates should list academic honors, scholarships, awards, leaderships, volunteerism, and special achievements.

Applicants must be a woman with a current FAA medical. The appropriate written exams must be completed with a passing grade before scholarship dispersal. Candidates should provide details pertinent to any letters of inquiry from the FAA regarding any aircraft incidents and a list of all FAA check rides and their outcomes. Please include in your essay stating why you are in financial, as well as career, need of our scholarship.

National Air Transportation Association

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

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.
Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship - granted to an initial or primary flight training student currently enrolled in an aviation program.
NATA Business Scholarship - granted to a NATA member company employee enrolled in a continuing education program for career advancement in general aviation.
Navigate Your Future Scholarship - granted to a graduating high school senior enrolled/accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college or university.
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.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

The NBAA Charities scholarship program, generously supported by NBAA member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians.

individuals who have received NBAA Charities scholarships have gone on to even more successful careers in business aviation. “It’s very rewarding to see where these professionals have started and where they are today,” says NBAA Director, Professional Development Jay Evans, who coordinates the scholarships. “Helping one another in this industry is what a career in business aviation is all about.”

Take advantage of these offerings to ascend in your aviation career; apply for an NBAA Charities scholarship today.

Ninety-Nines Inspiring Women Pilots Since 1929

Amelia Earhart was a Charter Member and the first President of The Ninety-Nines. She was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and flew to new horizons in 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world. The Ninety-Nines established the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1940 to honor her memory and perpetuate her ideals and love of flying. From a single scholarship of $125 in 1941, the annual Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund has grown to help over 400 women from six countries to advance and succeed in aviation and aerospace.

Northwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives

The Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NWAAAE) is dedicated to supporting student efforts in their desire to become aviation professionals. To further this objective, the NWAAAE offers a Scholarship for students who are pursuing degrees in aviation.

Four scholarships will be awarded annually by the NWAAAE in the amount of $1000/scholarship. Two scholarships will go to students residing in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Utah or Wyoming. Two scholarships will go to students residing in the Northwest Territories, and the provinces of the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba or Saskatchewan of Canada. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in aviation.

University Aviation Association

The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation to our members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of our members, UAA plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of aviation.

Today, UAA is comprised of 525 members from more than 115 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. The organization and its members are poised to meet the ever-changing needs of the aviation industry and address the challenges of the 21st century.

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Virginia Aviation Business Association Scholarship

The annual Charles J. Colgan Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 (Two Thousand Dollars), is awarded to a well deserving Virginia resident High School, Technical School Senior or College/University Undergraduate who is pursuing an aviation related career in an accredited institution. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the awardee.

Wings of the North: Preserving and Presenting Aviation History

Jim Dubay was a husband and father who dedicated many hours to learning everything he could about planes and history, especially in relation to WWII. He was one of the founders and an original board member of Wings of the North. The greatest lesson he taught was the one could survive the rat race if they were pursuing a passion. In Jim’s memory, his family and Wings of the North have established a scholarship fund to allow others the chance to learn and grow in the aviation field.

The James F. Dubay Memorial Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship for individuals wishing to pursue aviation studies, including but not limited to flight school, flight hours, aviation history, military history and aeronautical studies.

Applicants must be able to show, through the information supplied on their application, a high moral character and the ability to create a positive impression on the lives of those around them.

Women in Aviation International

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International. In the past 20 years, WAI has disbursed more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is truly something for every interest.

The 2018 scholarship program will begin in July and run through November 13, 2017. Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation International by November 1, 2017, and may apply for no more than three scholarships. Internships are not included in the three per member scholarship limit.

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace for additional questions.

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