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.
Advanced flight training scholarships open February 1, 2018 and close at 12 noon, EDT on May 2, 2018.
To support outstanding pilots with career aspirations, the AOPA Foundation will award various scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, in 2018. Applicants must be seeking one of the following ratings or certificates:
Scholarship applicants must meet all the following criteria:
Verify you have the correct login ID and password. You may call AOPA Member Services at 800-872-2672 for log in assistance.
No, this scholarship series is reserved for certificated Private Pilots who are seeking to add an advanced rating or certificate. Advanced ratings and certificates for this scholarship program are limited to Instrument, Commercial, CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor), CFII (Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument), or MEI (Multi-Engine Instructor).
If you are a newly certificated pilot, refer to the certificate number located on your Temporary Airman Certificate.
If you have already received your green Private Pilot Certificate card, refer to the front of the card, below your name and personal details.
A flight review is required every 24 calendar months. The flight review consists of at least one hour of ground instruction and one hour in-flight with a qualified flight instructor, although completion of any phase of the FAA WINGS program also satisfies the requirement for a flight review.
If you have received your pilot certificate and have not had it longer than 24 calendar months, you likely will not have had a flight review. If this is the case, you may use the date of issuance on your Private Pilot Certificate.
If you have had your certificate for more than 24 calendar months and have not completed your flight review, this may affect the outcome of your application.
For more information on flight reviews, refer to the FAA Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR 61.56.
Recent Flight Experience: Pilot in Command (14 CFR 61.57) states that, with very few exceptions, no person may act as a pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers or of an aircraft certificated for more than one pilot flight crewmember unless that person has made at least three takeoffs and three landings within the preceding 90 days, among other criteria. Read more about these criteria here. You are not required to meet these criteria to apply.
No, you are not required to be enrolled in an accredited aviation program or college to apply. However, you must have career aspirations and definitive plans.
No, paper applications will not 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 may use the funds to:
No, all recommendations must 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 the recommendation to your application.
Choose two people who know you well, are familiar with your goal to earn your next rating, 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.