A special thank you to those who have donated to the AOPA Foundation in support of the Flight Training Scholarship Program. Because of you, we can support passionate aviators who serve as lifelong ambassadors for general aviation.
Flight training scholarship applications open February 1, 2018 and close at 12 noon, EDT on May 2, 2018.
To support aspiring student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will award various scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $7,500, in 2018. Applicants must be seeking one of the following certificates:
Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Verify you have the correct login ID and password. You may call AOPA Member Services at 800-872-2672 for log in assistance.
A student pilot certificate is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You can obtain a student pilot certificate from a designated pilot examiner (DPE), a FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), a Certificated Flight Instructor or flight school.
The easiest way to get a student pilot certificate is to visit a local flight school. To find one near you, click here and ask to make an appointment to get a student pilot certificate.
To find a Flight Standards District Office or a designated pilot examiner, click here. Contact the office and ask to make an appointment to get a student pilot certificate. If they cannot see you or are not conveniently located near you ask them to provide contact information for the designated pilot examiners in your area.
IACRA is an FAA website that is used to electronically apply for Airmen Certificates. At the end of the process, your application is sent to the Airmen Registry for processing and issuance of your certificate.
You may apply online by yourself; however, it is easier to have a Certificated Flight Instructor (or Recommending Instructor) with you to assist. You MUST meet with a CFI or RI to complete the process and submit the application. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID with you when you meet.
You can read more about the process on the FAA's IACRA website.
If you already hold a pilot certificate of any type (other than an FAA student pilot certificate), you are not eligible for this scholarship. Only students training for their initial pilot certificate may apply.
There is no requirement to be enrolled in an accredited aviation program or college to apply. Additionally, you do not need to have aviation career aspirations to apply.
No, paper applications cannot be accepted.
No, you cannot submit multiple applications. You only need to submit one application to be considered.
Once you submit your application, you will receive a unique link for an online recommendation form that is specific to you, as well as an example of a request that you may copy and paste into an email.
Send the unique link to only two individuals. The online system will not accept more than two recommendations. Ask your two recommenders to complete the online form by the application deadline (12 noon, EDT, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018).
When a recommendation is submitted on your behalf, you should receive an email confirmation. You can also log into the application system to see if your recommendations have been submitted.
No, all recommendations need to be submitted using the online recommendation link that is provided to you once you submit your application. The link is unique to you and attaches their recommendation to your application.
Choose two people who know you well, are familiar with your goal to earn a pilot certificate, and can share why you’ll successfully complete flight training. The best recommendations will come from your flight and/or ground school instructor, a pilot mentor, or a professional colleague.
We do not recommend having family members complete your recommendations unless they are your CFI or serving as a flight training mentor.
No. The system will only accept two recommendations for each scholarship applicant. You should only ask a third person if one of the first two people you ask is unable to complete the online recommendation form by the deadline.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. No exceptions can be made for missing the deadline.
Both recommendations must also be completed for your application to be considered. Be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their forms.
If you are a scholarship recipient the funds are provided to you directly by check. You may use the funds to:
Of course! We know there are many outstanding student pilots who would really benefit from a flight training scholarship. Please note all applications are cleared after the scholarship recipients are selected. You must submit a new application and recommendations each award cycle to ensure we’re reviewing the most current information.