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You Can Fly | AOPA Foundation | Scholarships

2023 AOPA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation, the more than $1 million in scholarships are a major benefit of AOPA membership, helping members reach their aviation goals.

  • Scholarship applications open Sept. 5, 2022, with awards ranging from $2,500 to $14,000 for primary flight training, advanced ratings/certificates, and aviation maintenance.
  • Open to AOPA members that are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents
  • Some scholarships also require applicants to meet additional criteria (see listings below)
  • Scholarship applications will close February 10, 2023, at 11:59 EDT.

You need only submit one application that will be automatically considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information, including how to become an AOPA member.

Full Scholarships Listing

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AOPA Foundation Scholarship

Award

$2,500 and up; the number of awards will vary

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • Must hold a student pilot certificate

Donor

Our flight training scholarships are funded by generous donations to the AOPA Foundation. Miscellaneous donations for scholarships are combined and awarded to help members reach their aviation goals.

AOPA Foundation You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship

Award

80 $10,000 scholarships available

Certificate or Rating

Private Pilot Certificate

Additional Criteria

Donor

The Ray Foundation – established by the late aviator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, James C. Ray.

James believed that life skills are learned through aviation. We are proud to help carry on his legacy by awarding merit-based scholarships to 80 high school students.

Resources

Here are some excellent resources to help you ace a $10,000 scholarship and pass the written test:

AOPA Foundation You Can Fly Teacher Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Up to 20 $10,000 scholarships available

Certificate or Rating

Private Pilot Certificate

Additional Criteria

Donor

The Ray Foundation – established by the late aviator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, James C. Ray.

James believed that life skills are learned through aviation. We are proud to help carry on his legacy by awarding flight training scholarships to up to 20 high school teachers utilizing the You Can Fly aviation-based STEM curriculum.

Resources

Here are some excellent resources to help you ace a $10,000 scholarship and pass the written test:

The Bruce W. Alatary Memorial Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Amount Will Vary

Certificate or Rating

Primary Certification (Sport, Recreational, or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Preference will be given to female applicants training in the Morris County, New Jersey area.

Donor

The Alatary family in memory of Bruce Alatary. Bruce was a Professional Engineer and throughout his career, he helped educate and mentor young people pursuing similar professional goals. He came to flying later in life but it quickly became his passion. In keeping with Bruce’s commitment to sharing skills and knowledge with future generations, we honor his life and memory by offering this scholarship to provide support to those who share his love of aviation either as a hobby or as a career choice.

The Ceci Stratford Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Two $5,000+ scholarships available

Certificate or Rating

One scholarship for primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)
One scholarship for an advanced rating

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • Female applicants only

Donor

Ceci Stratford of Simi Valley, California, is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala) and a retired telecommunications, systems and bank operations analyst who has taken her support of aviation’s future to the next level by establishing the Ceci Stratford Flight Training Scholarship.

Ceci is a CFI whose passion for flying extends to her volunteer activities, including serving as former San Fernando Valley 99s Chapter Scholarship Chair, and current Scholarship Co-Chair for the 99s Southwest Section. She has taken many young people on their first flights (over 850) through EAA’s Young Eagles program and serves as an advisor for the Aviation Explorers Post 747.

Ceci has mentored many student pilots in their pursuit of flight training scholarships and careers in aviation and aims to increase the number of women and girls in the aviation field.

The Daniel T. Taussig Memorial Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Amount will vary

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission

Donor

Brenton Taussig in memory of Daniel T. Taussig.

The David & Florence Kleine Flight Training Scholarship

Award

$5,000

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • Preference is given to those training in Illinois or Minnesota

Donor

David Kleine, in memory of his beloved wife, Florence, who loved general aviation and the opportunities it provided for her family and others.

The Dudley D. and Delores R. Malone Memorial Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Four awards of $5,000 each

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to females
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to males

Donor

The Dudley D. and Delores R. Malone Family Foundation, in memory of Dudley and Delores Malone. An avid recreational pilot and member of AOPA for many decades, Dudley earned his pilot’s license when he was in his 20’s. He was a life-long entrepreneur with a passion for aviation and anything and everything that took to the skies.

Dudley’s wife Delores was his “co-pilot” in the air and in life for 54 years.

The Edward B. Shafer Future of Flight Scholarship

Award

$5,000

Additional Criteria

  • Currently enrolled at an accredited university or college and pursuing a career in aviation
  • Preference given to applicants in the mid-west United States, females, and minorities
  • Available to those pursuing a career in aviation, including but not limited to aerospace engineering, professional pilot (airline, corporate, etc.) flight instruction, aircraft maintenance and airport management

Donor

Paul Guse in memory of Edward B. Shafer. Ed was renowned in the St. Louis-area general aviation community, serving as a flight instructor for over six decades. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Ed’s enduring commitment to aviation safety was recognized in 2019 with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot award.

As owner and operator of St. Louis Metro-East Airport (Shafer Field), he positively influenced hundreds of new and experienced aviators, generously sharing his knowledge and experience with kindness, patience, and humor.

Erral Lea and Glenn Plymate Memorial Flight Training Scholarship

Award

Multiple; $2,500 and up

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Donor

When Glenn Plymate’s wife, Erral, passed away in 2003, he and his family suggested that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the AOPA Foundation (at the time, known as the AOPA Air Safety Foundation). Glenn and his family pledged to match these and other contributions, coming together to create the Erral Lea Plymate Memorial Endowment, which now funds several flight training scholarships each year. When Glenn passed away in 2015, his name was added to the endowment.

We are honored to continue their legacy and passion for aviation.

The Fred and Diane Fitts Memorial Flight Training Scholarship by CAA

Award

$7,500 each

Certificate or Rating

Private pilot certification or instrument rating

Additional Criteria

  • Age 17-35 years at the time of application submission
  • Preference is given to applicants interested in becoming corporate pilots, members of CAA and their relatives, and employees of CAA-preferred FBOs and their relatives

Donor

Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) in memory of Fred and Diane Fitts. Fred Fitts was a pilot and FBO owner before starting the Corporate Aircraft Association in 1990. Together with his wife, Diane, the couple built the successful fuel and resource purchasing program from scratch. CAA continues to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Part 91 operators by the power of their membership numbers to negotiate the best possible fuel prices.

Designed to help young people get into aviation, CAA hopes these scholarships will allow future generations to fulfill the Fitts’ goal of providing value and quality to others.

The Landsberg Endowment Scholarship - Aviation Maintenance and Avionics

Award

Amount varies

Certificate or Rating

Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate

Additional Criteria

  • Veteran of the United States Armed Forces

Donor

This endowment was created in memory of the son of Bruce and Jan Landsberg, Captain Neil C. Landsberg, who was a USAF Special Operations Combat Controller – one of America's finest. Neil led teams into harm's way to serve our country and they lost members on nearly every deployment. This weighed heavily on him and he lost his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress.

The Scott Stuart Flight Training Scholarship

Award

$5,000

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • Must hold a student pilot certificate
  • Female applicants only

Donor

Scott and Jane Stuart via the Imperial Foundation

The V. R. Eaton Aviation and Aeronautics Academy Scholarship – Flight Training

Award

$14,000

Certificate or Rating

Primary certification
(Sport, Recreational or Private Pilot certificate)

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • A student enrolled in 11th grade at V. R. Eaton High School, Fort Worth, TX

Donor

H. Ross Perot Jr. via the Hillwood Development Company, LLC. Available to students attending V. R. Eaton High School in the Professional Pilot program pathway.

The V. R. Eaton Aviation and Aeronautics Academy Scholarship – Aviation Maintenance

Award

$2,700

Certificate or Rating

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Certificate

Additional Criteria

  • Must be 16 years at the time of application submission
  • A student enrolled in 10th or 11th grade at V. R. Eaton High School, Fort Worth, TX

Donor

H. Ross Perot Jr. via the Hillwood Development Company, LLC. Available to students attending V. R. Eaton High School in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program pathway.

Senator James M. Inhofe FAA Knowledge Test Scholarship

Award

$250 (multiple awards available)

Certificate or Rating

FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam or FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam

Additional Criteria

  • High schools students in Oklahoma enrolled in the AOPA Foundation You Can Fly STEM curriculum

Donor

The State Chamber of Oklahoma is excited to establish this scholarship In honor of Senator Inhofe’s numerous contributions to aviation throughout his career. These awards are available to Oklahoma high school students enrolled in the AOPA Foundation You Can Fly STEM curriculum. The awards cover the testing fee for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam or FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center, transportation to the testing center, or additional preparation materials.

We hope this scholarship will help many students in Oklahoma achieve this milestone in pursuing a private pilot or remote pilot certification.