Scholarships are grouped based on general applicability. Additional criteria may need to be met.

Listed scholarships are in addition to scholarships offered by the College of Technology, Architecture & Applied Engineering each year.

Scholarship Name Additional Info

University Aviation Association Scholarships

Award Amount: Varies

Multiple scholarships available for both pilot students and management students.

More Information: University Aviation Association Scholarships

Ohio Regional Business Aviation Association Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000

Candidates must be a US citizen, provide a current resume, be currently enrolled in an Ohio-based collegiate aviation program, provide a recommendation letter from a faculty member of the aviation program.

More Information: ORBAA Scholarship Application

NetJets Scholarship

Award Amount: $25,000

Candidates must major or be an accepted major with an Aviation or Hospitality focus. Candidates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, be a full time student, have no criminal record, and must have the ability to work and reside in the United States.

More Information: NetJets Scholarship

Aviation Safety Management Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000

While the scholarship writing topics focus on aviation safety, applicants can be enrolled in any branch of an aviation denomination, such as pilot, aviation maintenance, air traffic control, safety manager, etc.

More Information: ASMS-Pro website

Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Must be a Full Time Student having completed at least one semester at an accredited 4 year university located within the United States. Must be majoring in Aviation or equivalent.

More Information: Captain Dahl Website

The Fred A. Hooper Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1500

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

More Information: AIAA Website

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Application form along with complete transcript, letter of recommendation, an essay on general aviation and a paper indicating career goals in general aviation. 

More Information: National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) website

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Varies

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.

More Information: AIAA Foundation website

Harold S. Wood Award For Excellence

Award Amount: $1000

The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is given annually to a college student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school. Named for Wood, founder and past Executive Director of NIFA, the award comes with an engraved propeller trophy in addition to the cash prize. Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future.

UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

This scholarship is named for the late Janice K. Barden, who was active in the aviation community for decades and who served as chair of the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition Local Committee eight times, more than any other person in NBAA history.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate enrolled in aviation-related curricula at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

More information: UAA Website

National Business Aviation Association (Multiple Scholarships)

Award Amount: Varies

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is awarding multiple scholarships to highly qualified students persuing a career in the aviation field at institutions of higher education. Qualifications and award amounts vary. 

More information: NBAA Website

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (Multiple Scholarships)

Award Amount: Varies

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is awarding multiple scholarships to deserving individuals (AMO. AET. FTO) to further their career in the aviation industry. Training must be OBAP approved and funds will be sent directly to training organization.

To date, OBAP has awarded $4.8 million in scholarships to more than 470 diverse recipients nationwide. The scholarships, made available through strengthened partnerships with key carriers and aviation-related businesses, allow award recipients to use funds to advance or pursue diverse aviation-related careers.

More information: OBAP website

Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship This scholarship was established to help young people acquire the training required for a career in aviation.
Eligibility Requirements:
The applicant must be a resident of the United States or one of its territories.
He or she must be a full time student majoring in an aviation oriented curriculum. 

H.P. "Bud" Milligan Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000

Presented to students enrolled in an accredited aviation program at a college, technical school, or aviation academy. Financial need is not a requirement for this award.
Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: (5) $600
The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) is a non-profit association whose members are comprised of airport management, airport governing bodies, and varying types of organizations that provide support and assistance to airports including consulting firms, aviation education programs, construction contractors, FBO's, equipment providers and aviation enthusiasts. The Ohio Aviation Association promotes aviation by advocating on behalf of airports in Ohio, communicating the economic benefits of Ohio airports and the aviation industry, as well as educating and engaging its members and the public.

More information: OAA website
Thompson Working Family Transfer Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

$5,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester) for admitted transfer students entering Fall 2019semester; BGSU awards $5,000 matching scholarship.

More information: BGSU Financial Aid Website

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Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: (4) $1000

Applicants must be willing to write a 200-500 word blog post a minimum of once a week throughout the school year. 

More information: Global Air website

AOPA Foundation Primary Flight Training Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500-$7,500

To support aspiring student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will award various scholarships in 2018. Applicants must be seeking either a Private, Sport, or Recreational Pilot Certificate. 

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the application close day of May 2nd 2018. There are no exceptions to the age requirement.
  • Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application or have a pending Student Pilot Certificate application in IACRA.
  • Be a current member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded
  • You cannot have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application

More Information: AOPA website

AOPA Foundation Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

To support outstanding pilots with career aspirations, the AOPA Foundation will award various scholarships to applicants seeking one of the following ratings or certificates:

  • Instrument
  • Commercial
  • CFI
  • CFII
  • MEI
To apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  2. Meet the minimum age requirements for the certificate/rating they are pursuing
  3. Hold a minimum of an FAA Private Pilot Certificate at the time of application
    4. Be a current paid member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded.
    5. Cannot have completed the FAA practical test/checkride for the desired additional rating at the time of application
    6. Be either a newly certificated pilot (within 24 calendar months) or have completed a flight review in accordance with 14CFR 61.56

More information: AOPA's website

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

An independent selection committee reviews applications and ranks the candidates based on: 

  • excellence in personal and aviation accomplishments.
  • demonstration of personal motivation, teamwork, attitude, and leadership.
  • involvement in volunteer and LGBT activities.

Awards are not based on sexual orientation; however, applicants should provide evidence of contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

More information: NGPA Website

Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

Award Amount: $2500

The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, is to be used for the express purpose of initial or primary flight training. Applicant must be a college student currently enrolled in an aviation program, have a "B" average or better, be recommended by an aviation professional (although direct applications are acceptable). Residents of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois will be given preference.

More information: NATA Aero

Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: (2) $2000

Awarded by the Frasca family in the name of their son to students currently enrolled at a UAA member college or university. Awards will be made at the UAA Awards Banquet during the Fall Education Conference.

More information: UAA website

Ernie Ayer Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: (2) $1000

Will be awarded annually to a deserving individual who has been accepted to a course of study in a professional aviation training program, aviation institution or higher learning, or aviation technical school. Recipient will receive the award in installments following the achievement of certain goals, i.e.; after the first solo, after the first solo cross country; after the first written FAA exam is passed and after the pilot certificate is received. Scholarship is based on records, experience, potential, and demonstrated commitment to aviation. Applicants will be asked for two letters of recommendation; additional information or an interview may be required during the selection process.

More information: e-mail or call (201) 447 4164

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Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000

For high school seniors or college students who plan to attend or are attending an aviation management program in an accredited school.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be an undergraduate student, must be a U.S. Citizen, minimum 2.5 GPA, restricted to students studying Aviation/Aerospace.

More Information: Aircraft Electronics Association website

ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Scholarship

Award Amount: $2500

Up to three scholarships per Fall and Spring Semesters may be awarded to an undergraduate and/or graduate student officially enrolled in an accredited college or university degree program. Applicant must have completed, or is in the process of completing, the second (2nd) semester of study. Applicants who will complete degree requirements prior to the announcement of the scholarship award will NOT be eligible to apply. 

More information: Airports Council International website

Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship

Award Amount: $5000

Full-time undergraduate enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

More information: NBAA website

Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

Award Amount: $5000

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates should possess a passion for aviation and demonstrate honesty, integrity and selflessness.

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Women in Aviation Scholarships

Award Amount: Varies
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. 

Women in Aviation - Cleveland Chapter

Award Amount: (4) $500

As part of their goal, they are pleased to announce their chapter's third consecutive scholarship opportunity! They will award four scholarships to deserving individuals who are currently seeking training in one of the following areas:

Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Rating, Commercial pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, Aircraft Dispatcher Training, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Maintenance, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Unmanned aerial flight, Aviation Ground School, Airport/Aviation Management

Candidates will be evaluated on academic achievement, volunteer work in the community, work experience, leadership skills, and extracurricular activities. 

More Information: WAI Cleveland website

Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000

The Ninety-Nines are accepting applications for the Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman with financial support for flight training through her first solo and beyond.

More Information: KJ Solo Scholarship Website

99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund Scholarships

The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) is a trust fund of more than $5.5 million that provides significant scholarship aid to women pilots and student pilots.  The AEMSF has awarded over 980 scholarships providing over $11 million in scholarship aid, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams

Students may be particularly interested in applying for AEMSF Fly-Now Awards of up to $6,000 toward an initial pilot rating for women who are learning to fly.  Since October 2014 AEMSF awarded over $450,000 in semiannual Fly Now Awards to 123 recipients.  Applicants will need to join the 99s as a student member and submit their application for the Fall Fly Now Awards. The applications for Fly Now Awards are available at

In addition to the Fly Now Scholarships, the AEMSF also offers scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate or rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training and all kinds of type ratings, including jet type ratings.  What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training.  Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s.  The Fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields.

Updated: 02/15/2024 04:51PM