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So you can fly.

The cost of education and training is one of the most challenging barriers to entry for those interested in aviation as a career.

Scholarships offer crucial support for aspiring individuals, whether they’re aiming for a private pilot’s license, an advanced certificate or rating, or even an A&P license or float plane endorsement. Scholarships serve as a vital stepping stone in their aviation journey. Apply to any and every scholarship you might qualify for.
Note that some scholarships may require membership to an organization which are sometimes paid and sometimes just require an application. If a membership fee is a barrier to your application please reach out to us at ASK and we can see if we can help.

Tips for Filling in Scholarship Applications

  • Complete the application. You might be thinking that sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of applications that are submitted incomplete! Incomplete applications are almost always immediately dismissed. Make sure to read and respond to each item carefully. There are no trick questions in the applications, but some questions may be tricky to decipher. If you’re going to take time to apply, take the time to complete every aspect of the application carefully and ask for help if you need it!
  • Make your bio shine. This is the area to showcase your passion for aviation, including your aviation goals. Scholarship funders know you want to live, eat, and sleep aviation, but we also know there’s more to you than flying. So, highlight how well-rounded you are through your extracurricular and volunteer activities, for example. What makes you different from someone else with your same passion?
  • Make sure your references turn their recommendations in on time. Put a lot of thought into who you want to ask to be references, and follow up with them to make sure they submit their recommendations on time. Deadlines are final and even if organizations offer extensions, it may damage your chances. Assume no material will be accepted after that point and that recommendations that aren’t in by the deadline will automatically disqualify an applicant. Also, be sure you pick individuals who will provide a passionate recommendation for you! Good recommendations aren’t written overnight, so don’t wait until the last minute. Give them enough time to write that glowing recommendation.
  • What are your plans. Talk about what you will do to learn to fly if you don’t earn a scholarship or if you need to supplement your scholarship to complete training. You may think that sharing other sources of funding available for your flight training could hurt your chances of earning a scholarship, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Explaining other funds that you have available for learning to fly, whether other scholarships, the money you have saved, or extra jobs you would work, shows an important aspect of your character that is important in aviation: having a plan. If you don’t have a plan yet, now is the time to put one together. Funders want to know that this isn’t something you’re doing just because.
  • Explain your long-term aviation goals. If you want to be a professional pilot or fly for fun and share the love of flight with others, that’s great—just explain why and let funders see the excitement inside you. Your goals here don’t have to be where you actually land; it’s more about showcasing that you’ve thought about the whole picture and that you’ve done your homework!

Please note that Airway Science for Kids (ASK) provides the following links as informational resources only. The policies or beliefs of individual companies cited above may not necessarily reflect those of Airway Science for Kids. We stand for equity and safety, both in aerospace and outside of it.

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