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AOPA Foundation announces scholarship recipients

More than $1.3 million awarded to help build the pilot population

Nearly 150 students, teachers, and other aspiring pilots were awarded funds that will help them pursue their dreams for a future in the aviation industry.
Kristina Siry
Photo courtesy of Kristina Siry.

Awards for AOPA scholarship recipients range from $250 to $20,000, with an average scholarship amount of approximately $9,000. Scholarships are allocated to help recipients pursue pilot, aviation maintenance, and aerospace careers; cover the cost of flight training; and provide funds for advanced ratings and certificates. The 2023 awards include the largest group of recipients and the most scholarship funds distributed to date.

These scholarships are made possible through the AOPA Foundation—the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of AOPA that, through generous donations, funds programs that AOPA membership dues don’t cover. Beyond helping people reach their aviation goals through the annual flight training scholarship program, the AOPA Foundation funds content distributed by the AOPA Air Safety Institute and You Can Fly initiatives that help build the pilot community and keep it safe.

Five Boeing Professional Flight Training Scholarships of $20,000 each were also funded by Boeing this year, supporting the organizations’ common goal of building the pilot population. “AOPA and Boeing have a common goal of helping more aspiring aviators to take flight and keep our nation’s freedom to fly strong,” said Elizabeth Tennyson, senior vice president of the AOPA Foundation and You Can Fly. “We are grateful to our friends at Boeing for their generosity and look forward to a long-term and fruitful partnership.”

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Lillian Geil

Communications Specialist
Communications Specialist Lillian Geil is a student pilot and a graduate of Columbia University who joined AOPA in 2021.

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