How to Pay for Flying (and other jobs that involve playing with airplanes): Aviation Scholarships

Thank you to Ambassador Chapter 99s member Emily Kruse for getting this list started, last year. Recently updated. The ever-lovely Pilot Annie also just posted a blog with some more details about some of these scholarships. Please reach out to fellow pilots, and especially your chapter leadership (in the case of 99s scholarships) to help you prepare your application. Treat it like a job application. It really is that important.


  • AOPA  

Select Foundation; $2500-$7500; Min age 15; open to juniors and seniors in high school; application window March - May 2; must be AOPA member ( student option)


  • Women in Aviation   

Must be a member to apply; various amounts; can apply for 3 scholarships; application window July 1 - November 12


  • EAA 

Current scholarship window ends 1 November for flight training and post-secondary scholarship. Membership not required for all scholarships. Next cycles: November 15, 2019 – January 31, 2020: Post Secondary Scholarships. March 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020: Flight Training Scholarships (for those starting flight training July 1 – Dec 31)


  • The Flying Musicians 

Select scholarships; open to high school juniors or seniors, must be age 16; must have a recommendation from music director; funds for up to 15 hours of flight time for first solo flight; application closes January 31


  • Ninety-Nines   

Select scholarships; must be a chapter member

Fly Now Awards: Must have a 99 mentor, April 1 and October 1 application deadlines with a requirement of three months of membership prior to deadline, student pilot certificate (which includes your medical) or international equivalent if overseas and 5 hours of flying within the six months prior to the application deadline and show financial need

Amelia Earhart: college (academic), technical, and flight, January 1 application deadline; must have been a member for one full year by January 1 (Exception: For Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarships and Vicki Cruse Emergency Maneuvers Training, there is no length of membership limitation. Student Pilot members may apply ONLY for the Fly Now Award or the Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship.); valid class and current medical; applicant must have logged a minimum of five hours in the six months immediately preceding the applicant’s submission deadline.


  • The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals  

Must be a member; Fall awards deadline: October/closed; Spring/Summer awards deadline: May


  • WTS Women in Transportation 

National and local chapter scholarships; high school, undergraduate, and graduate; amounts and deadlines vary by chapter


  • Whirly Girls  

Female helicopter pilots                                    


  • FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration lists even more scholarships, and not just for pilots! 

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