Is your son or daughter interested in a career in aviation? Flight school tends to be on the expensive side but there are plenty of aviation scholarships available to you from several organizations including Delta.

Delta Scholarship Fund

Did you know the Delta Scholarship Fund is available to pilots and their dependents? If you are going back to school or have a dependent about to start college, you can apply by February 28.

Most scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on academic achievement and demonstrated personal and professional leadership.

Pilots and their families often do not know they are eligible for awards from the scholarship fund. Get the word out and consider applying for a scholarship.

Program details including eligibility, scholarship qualifications and the application process are available on the Delta Scholarship Fund webpage on DeltaNet.

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship Program

One 4-year undergraduate college scholarship is awarded each year. The total monetary value is $12,000 with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years, provided that adequate academic standing is maintained (3.0 GPA).

Sons or daughters of medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association.

Although the program envisions selection of a student enrolling as a college freshman, eligible individuals who are already enrolled in college may also apply. The student must be enrolled in a program of studies principally creditable toward a baccalaureate degree.

The Vice President-Administration and Vice President-Finance of the Association are charged with the responsibility of selecting the recipient(s). Both academic capability and financial need are given appropriate consideration. Selection(s) are made by no later than July of each year.

Applications for the scholarship should not be submitted prior to an applicant’s senior year in high school and preferably after the first semester of that senior year.

Eligible applicants should direct requests for scholarship applications to Yvonne Willits, Air Line Pilots Association, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. Applications and related secondary school performance documentation must be received by no later than April 1 of the year for which college entrance is planned.

Applicants who have been enrolled in college must submit a copy of all college courses and course grades received to date in addition to the application and required high school performance data.

All sections of the application must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

OBAP Scholarship Program

OBAP is dedicated to supporting increased interest and placement in aviation and aerospace careers. In 2015, the organization awarded thirty-four scholarships, totaling $221,400, to offset costs for college tuition within an aviation-related program or to further training for aspiring aviation professionals.

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 including commercial pilots, aircraft maintenance and flight dispatchers.

General Guidelines:
1. All applicants must be dues current members when the application is submitted.
2. Applicants membership must be valid at the time that the scholarship is awarded.
Participation in OBAP community activities is weighed heavily.
3. Applicants will be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee and in some cases
the donor prior to being selected.
4. If an applicant is applying for multiple scholarships, the applicant must complete
an application for each scholarship and meet all of the requirements pertaining to
the scholarship for which he/she is applying. More than one essay may be needed if
an applicant is applying for multiple scholarships.
5. If selected, provide a current photograph for publication.
6. Applications are due by May 1 of the current year of the convention. (Please check
current convention date online.)
7. All scholarship recipients must complete the Post Scholarship Award Procedures
by the November 1, following the annual convention when the scholarship was
awarded

Women in Aviation Scholarship Programs

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International and help members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. A total of $695,500 was awarded in 2018, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to $11,495,581. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

The 2019 WAI scholarship program is now open. Check out the “Application Requirements” tab on the right side of the WAI website

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

National Gay Pilots Association Scholarship Program

NGPA is proud to have given away over $500,000 in scholarships to aspiring aviators to help them become safer, more qualified members of the worldwide aviation community. The cost of flight training is one of the most challenging barriers to entry for pilots. From supporting private pilot training to enhancing education with advanced certificates and ratings, to direct exposure to flight operations at major carriers, NGPA scholarships provide a stepping stone for aspiring aviators at a crucial point in their education.

The NGPA and its partner airlines are offering various scholarships in 2018 for persons in all phases of flight training. Each scholarship description will have specific eligibility requirements unique to that particular scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the scholarship descriptions to ensure they are eligible to apply. The only universal requirement is that you must be an NGPA member at the time of application submission.

Candidates are scored by a selection committee made up of members from various aviation-related backgrounds. This committee scores applicants on various criteria. Some of these may include financial need, leadership opportunities, academic performance, involvement in the LGBTQ+ community, and quality of the application essays. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure his/her application highlights these areas. Please read each scholarship description to understand the particular criteria that will be scored. After applications are evaluated, scores are tallied and the Committee Chair recommends the finalists to the respective airline and/or NGPA Board of Directors.

Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution or flight school, to offset the cost of the recipient’s tuition or training. Awards are based on U.S. Dollar amounts. Non-U.S. applicants will need to consider the exchange rate as to determine actual value of any award, if applicable.

Interested applicants should visit ngpa.org and click on the “Scholarships” tab. Applications will be processed electronically via links on the 2018 Scholarships tab. Personal information, essays, and supporting documentation will be required as part of the application process. Please review all scholarships to see for which you feel you would be most competitive.

The next scholarship application window will be open from June 1-August 31, 2018.

Additional questions may be sent to scholarships@ngpa.org.