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Scholarships are a great way to fund your aviation educationScholarships are a great way to fund your aviation education

Scholarships can even cover a majority of tuition, like CAU’s Dreams Take Flight Scholarship that provides an award up to $151,650.

If you’re looking to start your aviation education to become a professional pilot, scholarships are a great way to fund your education. Apply early and to a variety of scholarships, like the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship, to help pay for college.

Scholarships for aviation degrees

There are thousands of scholarships available to those looking to earn a degree in the aviation field. Offered by schools, employers, private companies, aviation organizations, local communities and a variety of other outlets, scholarships can be awarded based upon academic achievement, interest or financial need. Others are also awarded based on a student’s demographics, such as scholarships for women or those who served in the military.

More effort means more opportunities

CAU student stands with her CFI after her first solo

Since scholarships are a gift and do not need to be repaid, it is important to take advantage of scholarship opportunities. Many students assume that they will not qualify or be selected as the scholarship recipient so they do not take the time to apply. But the more effort students put in to applying, the more opportunities they have to earn a scholarship.

Some scholarships may even cover the majority of a student’s college tuition, such as California Aeronautical University’s Dreams Take Flight Scholarship.

Dreams Take Flight Scholarship

California Aeronautical University offers several scholarships to help students lower the cost of their aviation education. One of these scholarships is the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship.

Awarded to one current high school senior based on academic interest, personal goals and merit, this scholarship can cover the tuition and fees associated with the University’s Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics, including minimum flight hour requirements.

The scholarship provides an award up to $151,650.

A CAU student pilot earns his private pilot certificate

The application deadline is March 31. The University recommends that applicants apply early to ensure all of the requirements of the scholarship are met, which includes a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and a video or written essay.

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Scholarship resources

For help applying to scholarships, there are a variety of resources available to future aviators, including high school counselors, federal agencies such as FAFSA and colleges. California Aeronautical University’s financial services department, for instance, can walk students through their scholarship application process.

With the many scholarship opportunities available, be sure to take advantage of scholarship funds and turn your dream of an aviation career into reality.

Topics: Flight School, Scholarship, Aviation Education Programs

California Aeronautical University

CAU prepares students for exciting careers in aviation. Serving students from all over the country, the University offers professional pilot degree programs and other aviation-related training programs from its unparalleled purpose-built flight training facility at Meadows International Airport in Bakersfield, California, as well as its Flight Center locations in Oxnard and San Diego, California. The University has developed career opportunities for its graduates with airlines across the nation, and offers financial aid and scholarships to those who qualify. For information, visit or call (661) 615-5915.