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MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH DONATIONS TO THE AOPA FOUNDATION

A special thank you to those who have donated to the AOPA Foundation in support of the Flight Training Scholarship Program. Because of you, we can support passionate aviators who serve as lifelong ambassadors for general aviation.

Flight training scholarship applications open February 1, 2018 and close at 12 noon, EDT on May 2, 2018.

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Primary Flight Training Scholarships

To support aspiring student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will award various scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $7,500, in 2018. Applicants must be seeking one of the following certificates:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Sport Pilot Certificate
  • Recreational Pilot Certificate

Eligibility Requirements:

Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the application close date of May 2, 2018. There are no exceptions to the age requirement.
  • Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application or have a pending Student Pilot Certificate application in IACRA. See the FAQs for more details.
  • Be a current member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded.
  • You cannot have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application.

Frequently Asked Questions

I AM A MEMBER AND I AM LOGGED IN BUT I RECEIVED AN ERROR MESSAGE THAT SAYS I MUST LOG IN TO SEE THE APPLICATION.

  1. Log out of AOPA.org
  2. Close your web browser
  3. Re-open your browser and log back into AOPA.org
  4. Go to the scholarship page and click on the application link

I CAN’T LOG IN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Verify you have the correct login ID and password. You may call AOPA Member Services at 800-872-2672 for log in assistance.

What is a student pilot certificate and how do I get one?

A student pilot certificate is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You can obtain a student pilot certificate from a designated pilot examiner (DPE), a FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), a Certificated Flight Instructor or flight school.

The easiest way to get a student pilot certificate is to visit a local flight school. To find one near you,  click here and ask to make an appointment to get a student pilot certificate.

To find a Flight Standards District Office or a designated pilot examiner, click here. Contact the office and ask to make an appointment to get a student pilot certificate. If they cannot see you or are not conveniently located near you ask them to provide contact information for the designated pilot examiners in your area.

WHAT IS IACRA AND HOW DO I APPLY TO GET MY STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE?

IACRA is an FAA website that is used to electronically apply for Airmen Certificates. At the end of the process, your application is sent to the Airmen Registry for processing and issuance of your certificate.

You may apply online by yourself; however, it is easier to have a Certificated Flight Instructor (or Recommending Instructor) with you to assist. You MUST meet with a CFI or RI to complete the process and submit the application. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID with you when you meet.

You can read more about the process on the FAA's IACRA website.

I CURRENTLY HOLD A PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE TO FLY GLIDERS AND I AM NOW WORKING TOWARD MY PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE FOR AIRPLANES. CAN I APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP?

If you already hold a pilot certificate of any type (other than an FAA student pilot certificate), you are not eligible for this scholarship. Only students training for their initial pilot certificate may apply.

Do I have to be enrolled in a collegiate aviation program to apply?

There is no requirement to be enrolled in an accredited aviation program or college to apply. Additionally, you do not need to have aviation career aspirations to apply.

Can I print the application and mail it in?

No, paper applications cannot be accepted.

Can I submit more than one scholarship application?

No, you cannot submit multiple applications. You only need to submit one application to be considered.

HOW DOES THE RECOMMENDATION PROCESS WORK?

Once you submit your application, you will receive a unique link for an online recommendation form that is specific to you, as well as an example of a request that you may copy and paste into an email.

Send the unique link to only two individuals. The online system will not accept more than two recommendations. Ask your two recommenders to complete the online form by the application deadline (12 noon, EDT, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018).

When a recommendation is submitted on your behalf, you should receive an email confirmation. You can also log into the application system to see if your recommendations have been submitted.

CAN RECOMMENDATIONS BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL?

No, all recommendations need to be submitted using the online recommendation link that is provided to you once you submit your application. The link is unique to you and attaches their recommendation to your application.

Which two people should I have complete the online recommendation form?

Choose two people who know you well, are familiar with your goal to earn a pilot certificate, and can share why you’ll successfully complete flight training. The best recommendations will come from your flight and/or ground school instructor, a pilot mentor, or a professional colleague.

We do not recommend having family members complete your recommendations unless they are your CFI or serving as a flight training mentor.

Should I ask more than two people to submit recommendations for me?

No. The system will only accept two recommendations for each scholarship applicant. You should only ask a third person if one of the first two people you ask is unable to complete the online recommendation form by the deadline.

ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS FOR LATE APPLICATIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS?

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. No exceptions can be made for missing the deadline.

Both recommendations must also be completed for your application to be considered. Be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their forms.

IF I WIN ONE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS, HOW DO I GET THE MONEY? DOES IT GO TO MY FLIGHT SCHOOL?

If you are a scholarship recipient the funds are provided to you directly by check. You may use the funds to:

  • Pay your instructor for services rendered
  • Reimburse yourself for past debts in flight training
  • Pursue your next desired rating

I didn’t win a scholarship last time I applied. Should I apply again?

Of course! We know there are many outstanding student pilots who would really benefit from a flight training scholarship. Please note all applications are cleared after the scholarship recipients are selected. You must submit a new application and recommendations each award cycle to ensure we’re reviewing the most current information.

Reminder: Be sure to review the FAQs before emailing AOPA with questions.

If your question has not been answered here, please email [email protected].

 

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The Flight Training Scholarship Program is made possible thanks to AOPA Foundation donors.