Apply for these scholarships to help offset your flight training expenses and gain your wings!
Harrison Ford Scholarship
Application deadline: December 31
As EAA’s Young Eagles chairman from 2004-09, Harrison Ford made a wonderful contribution to the general aviation community. By funding this endowment, Angela and Jim Thompson have created an enduring legacy of Harrison's contribution to youth and general aviation. This scholarship will help young people achieve their dreams of flight at whatever level a need exists, with scholarship awards supporting EAA Air Academy, flight training, and academic tuition awards.
Gathering of Eagles Scholarships
The annual Gathering of Eagles held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh funds these flight training scholarships for Young Eagles who complete the Sporty’s Learn to Fly course. Two annual $7,500 flight training scholarship and six $1,500 flight training awards are distributed each year to Young Eagles who are selected from the applicants and meet the application requirements noted on the scholarship application form.
Wallace Peterson Scholarship
This scholarship provides $500 for use toward flight training or to attend an EAA Air Academy session. Established in memory of Wallace Peterson, an aviation enthusiast who fell in love with airplanes while watching them take off from a dirt strip near his home in Omaha, Nebraska, this scholarship will help put another young person on the path to a lifetime love of flying. Special considerations extended to applicants from Nebraska, though applicants from any state will be considered.
Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship
Application Deadline: July 10
Established by EAA and the Ninety-Nines, this scholarship provides one young woman with $3,000 for flight training through her first solo. The scholarship will be awarded during the WomenVenture luncheon at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The funds for the scholarship were provided by the International Ninety-Nines and the Ventura County Chapter. Applications will be accepted through July 10, 2014. Prize will be paid in installments to the winner's selected flight-training program. All applications must include a 500-word essay describing why you want to learn to fly, how you will apply your training, and goals for your future. It is also expected that winners will provide a 400-1,000 word essay to the scholarship committee after their selection sharing their training experiences and the goals that they have met. Proof of financial need and financial information is not required as part of application.
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Boeing Flight Services Flight Training Awards
Application Deadline: July 23rd
Boeing Flight Services is sponsoring three (3) $5,000 flight training awards to EAA members who have completed their FAA written exam and had their first solo flight. Recipients will be presented the flight training award at AirVenture 2014 by Boeing Flight Services executives. Payment will be made in two installments of $2500 to the recipients. To apply please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate Boeing Flight Services as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable), proof of FAA written score (must be 70% or better), proof of solo (copy of logbook page) and attach a short essay (500 words) that finishes the statement “My future plans with flight include...”
GoPro "Go Fly" Scholarship
Application Deadline: July 15
GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences. The company is awarding the “Go Fly” scholarship, a $7,500 flight training scholarship in 2014. GoPro encourages anyone 16 years of age and up to apply. Each entrant is required to submit a video on why you want to “Go Fly”. (.mov or .mp4 file types accepted). (View a video submission example.) Winners will also receive a GoPro Aviators camera package and a one year EAA membership. EAA will award the scholarships in $2,500 increments to the winner and a flight school. The winner will be expected to engage with EAA and GoPro via Facebook and Twitter to record their experiences with flight training on their GoPro equipment quarterly or at each flight training milestone (Solo, Cross Country, etc.) or more. The student’s flight instructor/flight school should be comfortable with filming parts of flight training. To apply, please send your video as a .mov or .mp4 file to email@example.com and indicate the name of the scholarship as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable) and attach the video. Winners will be announced at AirVenture 2014.
Sennheiser 'Live Your Dream' Flight Training Grants
Sennheiser has provided two Live Your Dream flight training grants of $1,500 each for Eagle Flights participants who enroll in flight training and complete 10 hours of instruction. To apply, write to EAA at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating “Sennheiser Live Your Dream” in the subject line. Provide your name, address, date of birth and EAA # (a free six-month membership is part of your Eagle Flights experience). Include a letter of verification from your flight school along with a short description of why flight is in your dreams and $1,500 may find its way into your flight bank.
WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship
Application Deadline: July 19
The WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship is open to women of all ages who have already soloed and are working on their recreational, sport pilot, private pilot, or commercial certificate, instrument or multiengine rating, or CFI. Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents, but all who qualify are encouraged to apply. The $500 award will be paid to the flight school of your choice.
Applicants are required to submit a copy of their logbook page(s) showing the entry documenting their solo flight and a one-page typewritten response to the following questions by July 19, 2014.
- What are you now accomplishing that provides evidence for your sincere interest in the world of aviation?
- Identify the people who have been the most influential to you in pursuing your dreams of flight. Describe what makes that connection special in your life and what you aspire to do “give wings” to a future generation of females as they do for you.
- What are your current extra-curricular pursuits and what are your career goals?
Application and/or questions should be sent electronically to email@example.com, or mailed to Kelly Nelson, WAI-Oshkosh Chapter Scholarship, 3007 Clairville Rd., Oshkosh, WI 54904.
Application Deadline: June 30
ForeFlight builds elegant, high-performing flight planning and flight bag apps for pilots. The company is awarding two, $7,500 flight training scholarships in 2014. ForeFlight encourages anyone 16 years of age and up to apply. Each entrant is required to submit a 500 word essay on “How I will use my license to fly” either via typed document or video. (.mov or .mp4 file types accepted). (View a video submission example.) Winners will also receive a one year ForeFlight subscription and a one-year EAA membership. EAA will award the scholarships in $2,500 increments to the winner and a flight school. Winners will be expected to engage with EAA and ForeFlight via Facebook and Twitter to report on their experiences with flight training. To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the name of the scholarship as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable) and attach the essay or video. Winners will be announced at AirVenture 2014.
Noah Favaregh Flight Training Scholarship
Applications will open in 2015
This endowed scholarship has been established to remember and honor the spirit and dedication of Noah Favaregh and support the dreams of aviators everywhere! This flight training scholarship will be awarded to the candidate to help fund their achievement of obtaining a pilot’s certification. The funds will be awarded to the candidate and their selected training program jointly with benchmarks for achievement set forward prior to release of funding. The selected candidate will have already soloed. To apply, please send the following to email@example.com and indicate the name of the scholarship as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable). Applicants will attach an essay explaining why you want to fly.
Tinker Murdock Flight Training Award
Application Deadline: July 4
Through the generosity of the Tinker Murdock Family Fund, EAA will award up to $7,500 to a Young Eagle/ Next Step applicant seeking to further their aviation training by completing a private pilot’s license. Applicants will be actively involved in EAA’s online ground school or other training program, demonstrating their commitment to the educational opportunity. The funds will be allocated to the student and the selected training program. To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the name of the scholarship as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable). Applicants will attach an essay describing goals and how a pilot’s certification will help support that goal.
Richard Harper Flight Training Scholarship
Application Deadline: July 4
This scholarship is provided by the Richard R. & Gretchen E. Harper Fund in memory of Richard Raymond Harper. Richard was a hard working and kind hearted man with a passion for life and loved to help anyone in need. He worked hard to establish his career as a pilot, loved his aviation career and was excited to be able to mentor and encourage upcoming pilots to pursue their dreams. EAA will award one (1) $7,500 scholarship to financially assist a person to pursue their passion for flight and become a licensed pilot. The selected candidate must have a GPA of 3.8. To apply, please send the following to email@example.com and indicate the name of the scholarship as the subject line: Name, Address, Date of Birth and EAA # (if applicable). Applicants will also attach an essay describing their passion for flight and ambition for wanting to fly.