In an effort to support outstanding student pilots, the AOPA Foundation will be awarding various scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $12,000, in 2016.
Scholarship applications are due on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 9:00 PM EST and winners will be announced in August 2016.
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 are able to support passionate aviators of all ages who serve as lifelong ambassadors for general aviation.
Scholarship applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions before emailing AOPA with a question. Most of the questions that are submitted are answered in the FAQs section below. If your question is not answered, send an email to FTscholarship@AOPA.org.
If you have a problem logging in or a question about the application process, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below. If your question is not answered, send an email to FTscholarship@AOPA.org.
Unfortunately, the website does that sometimes. The solution is:
Maybe you have the wrong log-in credentials (that is your ID and password). Call AOPA Member Services at 800-872-2672 and ask them to help you.
Also, please note that if you signed up for membership within the last 24-hours you may not be able to access the online application yet. We have found that there is a lag time of about 24-hours between joining AOPA and being able to access the scholarship application. The systems just need some time to sync up. Please try accessing the application again in a few days.
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 Certified 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.
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.
No, 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.
No, paper applications cannot be accepted.
No, you cannot submit multiple applications. You only need to submit one application to be considered.
If you are a scholarship recipient the funds are provided to you directly via check. You can choose to pay them to a flight training school, or if you have already paid the expense out of pocket (or on a credit card) you can opt to use the funds to reimburse yourself, or you can even earmark the funds to help you stay current or pursue an instrument rating.
No, all recommendations need to be submitted using the online recommendation form. A link to the form is provided to you once you submit your application. The link is unique to you and attaches their recommendation to your application. Recommendations submitted in any other format will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
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. Consider asking your flight and/or ground school instructor, a pilot mentor, or a professional colleague to complete the recommendation form on your behalf. We do not recommend having family members complete your recommendations unless they are your CFI or serving as a flight training mentor.
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.
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.