Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Overview – Airplane

Our Goal

Provide ground and flight training to the successful candidate to become a Private Pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year.


  1. Promote piloting and general aviation.
  2. Cultivate interest in aviation as a career

Candidate Requirements

Scholarship Candidates must:

  • Be a US citizen or legal resident
  • Be a high school student, at least 17 years of age at the time of the checkride (late August)
  • Have no criminal record prior to or during the program
  • Maintain good grades and academic standing throughout the period
  • Attend ground school classes
  • Obtain a third class medical examination prior to completing ground school
  • Participate in Upwind activities
  • Author short stories detailing progress throughout the program
  • Participate in the selection and mentoring of the next year’s candidate

Outline of Program

The entire program is provided free of charge to successful candidates. This includes:

  • Ground school instruction with all necessary materials, books, charts, and basic flight planning tools
  • Scheduling and completing the FAA written knowledge test
  • Scheduling and completing a third class medical examination
  • Flight instruction with certified instructors
  • Mentoring and guidance from other instructors and pilots
  • Phase checks at appropriate training milestones
  • Check ride with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE)

How to Apply

To download the application, please visit the Applicationssection of this website and follow the submission instructions.