We highly recommend that you take advantage of the financial aid and scholarships available to you. The first, and sometimes most difficult, step to being awarded any scholarship is simply completing the application process by the posted deadline. By meeting the initial deadline, you demonstrate responsibility and respect for the sponsor. Applications that are late or incomplete will, most likely, never be considered. With scholarships that barely have any applicant submissions, providing the correct material by the deadline could be the only barrier to becoming the recipient.


On the other hand, well-known scholarships have so many qualified applicants that selecting a recipient becomes a cumbersome process for the sponsor. After submitting an application, being selected to receive the scholarship is merely a factor of standing out in a crowd. Be sure to give personal touches to your writing anytime an essay is required. An initial catch phrase or a unique story helps the sponsor remember your words when it comes time to choose the recipient from a stack of status quo applications.


To help you with finding and applying for aviation scholarships, we have compiled a list of aviation scholarships and the contact information associated with each. The listing below is intended to help you to begin your search for financial assistance in the form of scholarship opportunities.

Aviation Scholarships


AOPA Flight Training Scholarships


Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Scholarship


Dream Wings Scholarship

Contact: Kris Chana

13249 Fieldstone Road

Fort Worth, TX 76244


Email: kris@dreamwings.org

Application deadline: March

Amount awarded: (1) $1,000 scholarship annually


Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Scholarships


Girls with Wings

1275 Andrews Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107-2403

216/221-0577; fax 216/221-3770

Contact: Linda Meeks

E-mail: lmeeks@girlswithwings.com

Amount awarded: Two $1,000 scholarships


Harold S. Wood Scholarship

Contact: Kelly Wargo, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

1400 K Street, NW

Suite 801

Washington, DC 20005


E-mail: kwargo@gama.aero

Approximate application deadline: April

Amount(s) awarded: (1) $1000 scholarship awarded annually. Must be a member of a NIFA team.


The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarships

Contact: Cheryl Homer Wilson, Executive Director


Approximate application deadline: February 28

Amount(s) awarded: (3) $3,500-$6,000



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