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Scholarships

The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technologies of aeronautics and astronautics.

Awards and amount: $2,000 each to one or more college sophomores, $2,000 each to one or more college juniors, $2,000 each to one or more college seniors.

Applicant must have completed at least one (l) academic quarter or semester of full-time college work. Applicant must have a college grade point average of not less than the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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The AOPA Air Safety Foundation Donald Burnside Memorial Scholarship is a Scholarship sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Foundation.

Amount(s) Awarded:  (1) $1,000 scholarship

Requirements: Applicant must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and major in non-engineering aviation.

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The Illinois Pilots Association Memorial Scholarship was created to help defray educational expenses of a student in an aviation-related curriculum.  The $500 award is sent directly to the student’s school.  

Amount(s) Awarded:  $500

Eligibility: To be eligible the student must be (1) a resident of the State of Illinois, (2) majoring in an aviation-oriented curriculum and (3) a full-time student at an Illinois college or university.

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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annually awards $1,000 to each of five undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions.

Submit a 250-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your interest in and goals for a career in aviation.

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Amount(s) Awarded:  $500 scholarship

Eligibility: Applicants must be a U. S. citizen.  Applicant must be enrolled in and plan to continue a college curriculum leading to a two-year or four-year degree in the field of aviation.
The applicant must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  (Transcript must be included with the application).  

The completed application must be accompanied by a 250-word typed, double-spaced paper on “How Can I Improve Aviation Education.”

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Award(s) & Amount(s): Scholarship(s) of varying amounts will be awarded each year when funds are available.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a resident of the U.S. or a U.S. territory, and they must be full-time students enrolled in an aviation-related academic program. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

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Amount Awarded:  $1,000 scholarship

Eligibility: This scholarship is offered to recognize the importance of management skills and is available to high school seniors and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an aviation management program.

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Amount Awarded: $500 scholarship

Presented by the Vernon family to a person pursuing training leading to a professional aviation occupation. This scholarship is awarded to an individual accepted to a course of study in a recognized professional aviation training program in an institution of higher learning or aviation technical school. Applicants must have demonstrated the ability of completing the course of training, attain acceptable grades, and show the need for financial support.

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The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) established the Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Program in 1989 to offer financial assistance and encouragement to young people in the pursuit of academic excellence. By making scholarships available, NATF's ultimate goal is to foster and promote careers in the general aviation industry.

Amount Awarded:  (2) $1,000

Eligibility: Application form along with complete transcript, letter of recommendation, an essay on general aviation and a paper indicating career goals in general aviation.  Applicants are evaluated on the information supplied based on academic record, recommendation letter and statement of career goals.

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Selection is based upon scholastic ability, potential, professional interest, character, and financial need.

Amount Awarded: $1,500.00

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