AOPA opens applications for three flight training scholarships

June 15, 2012

AOPA is now accepting applications for three $5,000 flight training scholarships to be awarded at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 11 through 13.

Student pilots working toward an initial sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online for the ASA Flight Training Scholarship, Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship, and the Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship.

AOPA began offering the scholarships in 2011 as part of its Flight Training Student Retention Initiative, designed to improve the flight training experience and help more student pilots succeed in earning a pilot certificate. The first round of scholarships was awarded at AOPA Aviation Summit last September.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals, and a demonstrated commitment to flight training. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years old, and hold a student pilot certificate but not yet have passed the practical test. Complete eligibility requirements are available online.

Applicants only need to fill out the form once to be considered for all three scholarships; all applications must be submitted online, along with two recommendations, by the Aug. 24 deadline. The winners will be notified prior to AOPA Aviation Summit and do not need to be present to accept the award.