Scholarship recipients will be able to use the money for direct flight training expenses to pursue a primary pilot certificate, such as a private, sport, or recreational pilot certificate. They must also complete a flight training milestone—achieving either solo or earning a primary certificate—within one year of receiving a scholarship.
Before you apply, read the eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions before completing your application. Also, be sure your AOPA membership is current. Take advantage of our free AOPA AV8RS or free six-month student pilot membership options.
Have these handy when you’re completing your application: high school transcript; contact information for each of your two references; a list of school and nonschool-related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year, as well as any corresponding leadership positions (particularly those that are aviation related); a list of honors and awards that you have received when participating in clubs and organizations; a list of volunteer organizations in which you participate, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year (particularly those that are aviation related); your pilot logbook (if you have one).
The You Can Fly program and the AOPA Air Safety Institute are funded by charitable donations to the AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.