Scholarships and Financial Aid

One of the biggest problems for an aviation student is how to finance your education and training. Many students only know about the federal and state financial assistance programs that are open to application by any student; however, there are also a number of scholarships available specifically in an aviation-related major.

A partial listing of such aviation scholarships, compiled by the University Aviation Association, is listed below, along with eligibility criteria and contact information to learn more about the scholarship. There are also links available to aviation organizations with additional scholarships. You are encouraged to apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible in addition to applying for the federal and state financial assistance programs for which you may be eligible. Some colleges and universities may also have scholarships open specifically to the aviation department—contact the financial aid office of the specific college to inquire about such scholarships.

The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation

The Foundation was founded in memory of LeRoy Homer, First Officer of United Airlines #93 when it crashed in Shanksville, PA on September 11th, 2001. The mission of The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation is to encourage and support young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots. In addition, The Foundation promotes awareness about aviation careers to disadvantaged youth.

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Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund

This fund is created in memory of Captain Jason Dahl with respect toward all victims of the events of 9/11/2001. It supports future generations of pilots, young people yearning to fly, through the award of Aviation Scholarships annually.

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Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship

One annual undergraduate scholarship open to children of deceased or medically retired ALPA pilots (not limited to aviation-related major).


Contact: Yvonne Willits
Governing Bodies Support
Air Line Pilots Association
1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

AOPA Air Safety Foundation McAllister Memorial Scholarships

Two annual $1,000 scholarships open to college students pursuing an aviation degree. Awarded jointly by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation and the University Aviation Association. 


Contact: AOPA Air Safety Foundation
421 Aviation Way
P.O. Box 865
Frederick, MD 21701

Whirly-Girls Scholarship

Annual $4,000 scholarship awarded to a female commercial airplane pilot to obtain an initial or additional helicopter rating. Awarded by the International Organization of Women Helicopter Pilots.

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Contact: Whirly-Girls Inc.
1725 Desale St., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards

Annual $6,000 grants to qualified women for graduate study in aerospace-related science or engineering. 

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Contact:  Zonta International
35 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 80601

Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship

Various scholarships to collegiate aviation students.

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Contact: Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship Fund Inc.
2020 N. 14th St., Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22201

Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship

Five annual $1,000 scholarships to active members of the Alpha Eta Rho aviation fraternity.


Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship
Attn: Executive Director
4579 Laclede Ave. - Suite 1929
Saint Louis, MO 63108

AAAE Scholarships

Four $1,000 grants to juniors/seniors pursuing a bachelor's degree in aviation management. Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives.

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Contact: Executive Secretary
4224 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program

Offers paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations (including ALPA) for passionate, exceptional women seeking their undergraduate degree.

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National Business Aviation Association Award or Scholarship

Up to $500 a year to aviation students of NBAA member universities or colleges.


Educational Programs
1200 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

International Society of Women Airline Pilots Scholarships

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Contact: ISA + 21
P.O. Box 38644
Denver, CO 80238

Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association Scholarship

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Contact: ADMA Scholarship Program
1900 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Scholarship Fund

Annual scholarship awarded to a student pursuing an A&P license.


Contact: PAMA Scholarship Committee
500 NW Plaza, Suite 912
St. Ann, MO 63074