Aviation professionals and college students have an opportunity to get help paying for their aviation education from scholarships offered through the National Business Aviation Association and Experimental Aircraft Association.
NBAA scholarships are open to business aviation professionals, including cabin crewmembers and heads of flight departments, who want to continue their education or keep their credentials current. A range of scholarships offered through EAA will help students work toward aviation degrees, from professional pilot to aerospace engineering.
College scholarships offered through EAA range in value from $500 to as much as $12,500 per year. Through the Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Scholarship Program, up to four private pilots with demonstrated financial need will be granted an opportunity to attend a professional pilot program at the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Each scholarship may total up to $12,500 per year. The $10,000 Pratt & Whitney Canada Women in Engineering Scholarship will be granted to a woman studying engineering. Other scholarships include the $500 Harry E. Arcamuzi Aviation Scholarship for an inner-city student to pursue an aviation career following high school and the $5,000 Payzer Scholarship for someone pursuing a career in engineering, mathematics, or the physical or biological sciences. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2015, and a free EAA Student Membership or recommendation from an EAA member is required.
The NBAA Charities scholarship program is offering the Dale "Potsy" McBurney Aviation Scholarship to one recipient who embodies a commitment to excellence in business aviation. Applicants for the scholarship, given in memory of former business aviation flight attendant Dale "Potsy" McBurney, must explain how they will use the scholarship either “to enhance and/or pursue your professional development” or “to promote cabin safety and the importance of the third crewmember” in business aviation. Application are due Feb. 28, 2015.
Current and aspiring certified aviation managers may apply for the NBAA program’s Certified Aviation Manager Scholarship. The scholarship covers the cost of becoming a certified aviation manager or maintaining the credential. NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager program “identifies qualified professionals to lead departments and organizations that use business aircraft,” and scholarship applicants may apply for up to $1,225 to pay for the exam application, the CAM Study Guide, and the exam registration fee. Applicants who are already certified aviation managers may receive $300 to cover the cost of recertification, which must be done every three years. Application are due March 31, 2015. See the website for more information on these and other opportunities.