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More than $1 million in scholarships available

The 2023 AOPA Foundation scholarship program opened September 5, with scholarships available for flight training, aircraft maintenance, and other aviation-related pursuits.

Photo by Chris Rose.

The financial constraints of an aviation education shouldn’t prevent prospective student pilots or aviation enthusiasts from pursuing their dreams. Through the generosity of member donations, the foundation aims to relieve the financial burden of education and training—offering dozens of scholarship packages annually ranging from $2,500 to $14,000.

One notable example is the high volume of scholarships offered for flight training courtesy of the Ray Foundation, founded by and named for aviator, philanthropist, and entrepreneur James C. Ray. These scholarships each include a $10,000 award for the purpose of obtaining a private pilot certificate. Eighty scholarships are allocated for high school students and up to 20 for high school educators who use the AOPA Foundation You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Curriculum.

Other fantastic scholarships to keep on your radar include the Landsberg Endowment Scholarship – Aviation Maintenance and Avionics for those interested in pursuing an aviation maintenance technician certificate, and the Edward B. Shafer Future of Flight Scholarship for those interested in pursuing a career in aviation (including aerospace engineering, professional pilot, aircraft maintenance, airport management, or another avenue).

The 2022 scholarship recipients were announced in June, and they could not have been more thankful. “The scholarship has allowed me to accelerate my studies and training,” said Logan Harden, a 17-year-old aspiring private pilot. “I have been able to purchase tools, software, and educational materials to help me understand all of the rules and regulations. I have also been able to fly every day, sometimes twice a day.”

The 2023 scholarship window opened September 5, and applications will be accepted through February 10 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. This year AOPA has made it easier than ever to apply, moving to one streamlined application. All applicants must be a member of AOPA, and student pilots, youth, and military personnel are eligible for a free AOPA membership. Check out our website for more details and to see which membership package is the best fit.

And visit our 2023 AOPA Foundation scholarship page for the full scholarship list, FAQs, and the application.

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: AOPA Foundation, Scholarship, Student

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