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Membership: Scholarships availableMembership: Scholarships available

Applications accepted starting in January

Thanks to the generosity of the James C. Ray Foundation and generous donations to the AOPA Foundation, exceptional high school students, ages 15 to 18; high school teachers; and AOPA members who are primary flight training students are eligible for scholarships in 2020.

These scholarship programs are part of the AOPA You Can Fly program, a collection of initiatives working toward building a larger, more vibrant pilot community. They are also a major benefit of AOPA membership, helping members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about.

High school scholarship recipients can use the $10,000 individual scholarship money for direct flight training expenses to pursue a primary pilot certificate. They must also complete a flight training milestone, achieving either solo or earning a primary pilot certificate, within one year of receiving a scholarship.

Teachers will be awarded scholarships of $10,000 each to pursue a private, sport, or recreational pilot certificate. To be eligible, a teacher must be an AOPA member—and a full-time employee of a school or school system—who is preparing students for a future in aviation.

AOPA Primary Flight Training scholarship awards range from $2,500 to $7,500. Current AOPA members who are at least 16 years of age by the application deadline are eligible to apply. The scholarship award can be applied to training for a private pilot, sport pilot, or recreational pilot certificate.

Applications open January 3, 2020, and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 15, with a priority application date of March 1, 2020.

There's more

To support outstanding pilots with career aspirations, the AOPA Foundation awards various scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, to AOPA members seeking one of the following ratings or certificates:

  • Instrument.
  • Commercial.
  • Certificated flight instructor.
  • Certificated flight instructor—instrument.
  • Multiengine instructor.

In addition, there are many industry-funded scholarship opportunities outside of AOPA to help you fund your aviation aspirations.

Julie Walker

Julie Summers Walker

AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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