Are you 15 to 18 years old and dream of becoming a pilot? Or maybe you know a high school student that wants to earn their pilot certificate. AOPA is committed to increasing the number of young people interested in aviation and will award 20 high school flight-training scholarships of $5,000 each to high school students who have not yet taken a checkride.
“We are excited here at AOPA to assist 20 students in achieving their dreams of flying,” AOPA President Mark Baker said. “These students will not only gain understanding essential in becoming a pilot, but also many career-ready skills that will help them in whatever career they decide to pursue in the future.”
Here are the details: Students must be 15 to 18 years old, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, carry at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and have parent approval if under 18 years old. These funds can be used for flight training expenses, including aircraft rental, ground or flight instruction, etc. Students will need to provide contact information for two references (at least one is a school official) and also submit a signed and notarized affidavit.
The 2016 winners, who only received their awards at the end of the year, have already produced two private pilots, another has soloed, and the rest are flying and on their way toward joining the ranks of private pilots.
To apply for the 2017 High School Flight Training Scholarship, click here.