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Final opportunities for scholarships in 2022

Safety and education are both vital to future of the aviation industry, which is part of the reason organizations are eager to invest in individuals who pursue those paths.

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Investing in aviation safety

Northwest Data Solutions has a mission to “be at the forefront of aviation safety software, philosophy, and success.” This mission includes investing in the future of aviation safety, in part by offering the Aviation Safety Management Scholarship from SMS-Pro.

This $1,000 scholarship is offered twice a year, and funds can be used toward the applicant's university, college, or training program in any branch of aviation, including flight training, aviation maintenance, air traffic control, and safety management.

Students should fill out the application form and submit three 500-word essays (chosen from the eight provided topics) by December 31 to meet the winter 2022 application deadline.

Honoring Tuskegee Airmen legacy

The Tuskegee NEXT Summer Flight Program is a total immersion opportunity for young adults ages 18 through 20 who are underrepresented in the aviation industry.

“More specifically, the corporation is organized: (i) to assist minority, at-risk youth with obtaining their pilot's license; (ii) to conduct programs for charitable purposes; and (iii) to educate minority, at-risk youth in the aerospace industry through various educational initiatives, life skills, mentorship collaborations, and formal flight training programs in a charitable manner,” according to the Tuskegee NEXT website.

For students who are interested in aviation education and career path opportunities, applications are due by December 31 for consideration for this residential program that runs from mid-June through mid-August.

The instructions and eligibility requirements are detailed, so students should read carefully before submitting applications to [email protected].

Flight school awards first scholarship

Elite Flight Academy, a flight school based in Lexington, North Carolina, that was established in 2022, awarded its first flight training scholarship in November.

The scholarship was presented to Eli Lamar, a high school junior at East Davidson High School who has dreams to become a commercial pilot. Lamar received a scholarship package valued at $15,000—including 50 hours of flight training, 20 hours of ground instruction, and five hours of simulator training, along with materials like videos, books, a headset, and more.

“We are honored to provide this scholarship to Eli,” said Roy Morgan, partner at Elite Flight Academy. “This is our way of giving back to the community, which has been so welcoming to us. We're excited to continue serving in this way and helping our friends and neighbors fulfill their aviation dreams.”

Rewarding advanced aviation education

In October, the North Dakota Aviation Association, backed by the University of North Dakota, local businesses, and individuals who support aviation, awarded 11 scholarships to high school juniors, seniors, and GED recipients who plan to pursue advanced education in studies related to aviation.

Announcement of the winners happened at the 2022 Fly-ND Career Expo at the Fargo Air Museum on October 6. More than 170 students from North Dakota gathered to celebrate more than $13,000 in scholarships awarded to individuals passionate about furthering their aviation education.

The association seeks to provide a forum for aviation industry participants and professionals in North Dakota to organize and consolidate work; exchange information and ideas; and promote aviation in the state. The organization has been recognized for its success in these endeavors by the National Business Aviation Association’s Recognition of Outstanding Excellence by a Local or Regional Group.

Lillian Geil

Communications Specialist
Communications Specialist Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.
Topics: Scholarship, Aviation Education Programs

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