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Scholarships available for aspiring ag pilots, women

Feed your need for agricultural application pilot training with scholarships from the leading group in that field, and many others are available to support women's aviation aspirations. Check out this compiled list of scholarships available for those with niche and broad aviation interests.

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Scholarships for female aviators of all ages

The I Hart Flying Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting women of all ages in achieving their aviation goals, celebrated its fifth anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July. The nonprofit celebrated by launching the Industry Connect scholarship, its largest scholarship opportunity yet—four $7,500 scholarships awarded to four women for the purpose of flight training.

The Industry Connect scholarship—named for the partnership opportunity between the I Hart Flying Foundation, Immaculate Flight, Paragon Aviation Group, AEG Fuels, and Dassault Aviation—is open now and applications are due by August 31. Applicants can find eligibility requirements and more information on the I Hart Flying Foundation website.

Calling all aspiring ag pilots

The National Agricultural Aviation Association has four $5,000 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” scholarships available for aspiring ag pilots. With the sponsorship of BASF and Thrush Aircraft, NAAA hopes to strengthen the aerial application industry. These scholarship opportunities can be used for flight training or for aviation or ag-related coursework at a vocational program or institution of higher learning.

Eligible applicants must submit a two-part application; a letter of recommendation from an NAAA operator; a short essay; and a résumé or list of activities that includes a the applicant’s agricultural and aviation experience, education, and training. The application deadline is August 31.

The Ninety-Nines offers scholarships for members

Did you join The Ninety-Nines this year? Members of The Ninety-Nines (who joined no later than July 1) can apply for the semiannual “First Wings Awards.” It’s a progressive award, $6,000 for flight training assistance distributed as recipients complete training milestones. Be sure to read the application instructions and eligibility requirements carefully. Applications are due October 1.

Flight training scholarships for high school students

High school students interested in aviation may apply for the seventh annual Epic Aviation Scholarship Awards. This year, there are four awards available—one $20,000 scholarship for flight training, one $5,000 scholarship for flight training, and two $20,000 scholarships for use in an aircraft mechanics program. All U.S. juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit the application is October 1.

Applications should include an extracurricular résumé, two short essays, two letters of recommendation, a YouTube video, and an aviation-related photo. Interested applicants can find more information on Epic Flight Academy’s website.

Daher scholars complete internship program

After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Daher announced the continuation of its Young Eagles internship program. The 2022 scholarship recipients were Lauren Meyer and Anthony Garza, two college students who study in STEM fields. Meyer and Garza worked for five weeks this summer at Daher’s Tarbes facility in France.

“This opportunity is a one-of-a-kind experience for the recipients,” said Senior Vice President of Daher Aircraft Division and CEO of Daher Aircraft Inc. Nicolas Chabbert in the company press release.

“We hope the experience will make a difference in their future careers, while also benefitting our company by working with the next-generation of aviation industry decision-makers.”

Scholarship applications for the 2023 Young Eagles program will open this winter on the Daher website.

Lillian Geil

Digital Media Assistant Editor
Digital Media Assistant Editor Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.
Topics: Scholarship, Student

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