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EAA Scholarships

Scholarships open the doors to the future, providing youth with the necessary support to fulfill their educational aspirations. By giving wings to enthusiastic youth with the passion for flight, you’ll be giving not only the opportunity to pursue their dreams, but also the confidence they’ll need to succeed.

Regardless of passion and commitment, often times youth don’t have the economic means necessary to pursue their dreams. Don’t let the distraction of financial worries get in the way of a student taking flight in their academic career. Help them focus their attention on the attainment of skills and proficiency that will only enhance their educational experiences.

You may apply for available EAA scholarships online. Click here to fill out an application.

Featured Scholarships: Harrison Ford Education Scholarship Challenge

A fund established by Jim and Angela Thompson, this scholarship will enable young people of all backgrounds to apply for support to help them pursue their aviation interests.  Donations to this fund will be matched by the Thompsons up to $100,000.  It is their hope that EAA members and friends will support this goal, building a $200,000 scholarship fund in Harrison Ford’s name, honoring his five year commitment and service as EAA’s Young Eagles National Chairman.  During his tenure as national leader of Young Eagles, awareness for the program soared as nearly 500,000 young people became Young Eagles.

The fund will provide assistance to young people seeking to take their FAA written pilot’s exam (after completing EAA’s free online ground school training), take their first formal flying lesson, attend EAA Air Academy residential aviation camp, secure support to obtain their sport pilot’s license or further their passion and interest in aviation through tuition support, enabling them to pursue post secondary education at an institution of their choice.

To add your support to this fund, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth, click here.

EAA Air Academy Summer Camps

EAA is very pleased to offer a generous number of these scholarships each year from various donor funds. The amount is usually $500 - $800, sufficient to cover most or all of the cost of the course and instructional materials. In some instances, a larger amount may be awarded for Advanced Air Academy scholars.

Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship

EAA and the Ninety-Nines will award a $3,000  Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during the 2014 calendar year) with financial support for flight training through her first solo. The scholarship will be awarded during the WomenVenture activities 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. First prize of $3,000 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. 

Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Internship

The Clay Lacy Professional Pilot Internship program provides highly qualified potential flight students with financial need the opportunity to: a) Attend a professional pilot program at the University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences to pursue a college degree as a professional pilot and earn commercial, instrument, multi-engine and all fixed-wing flight instructor ratings; and, b) Participate in flight by living on the EAA Air Academy campus, supporting the many and varied EAA programs, activities and events. Up to four internships awarded annually of up to $12,500 each.

Russell T. MacFarlane Scholarship Program

Each year, a total of $5,000 in scholarship and internship awards is offered from the Russell MacFarlane Scholarship Program endowed funds. The number of young people receiving awards is dependent upon the annual determination of need as identified through the application process. Awards may be made for 1) EAA’s Air Academy Summer Camp attendance (scholarships may range from $500 to $1,000 dependent upon the youth’s individual requirements); and, 2) Air Academy Internships, a work/career opportunity working as an integral member of the summer Air Academy staff (awards generally range from $1,200 to $1,500).

Heather McRoberts Memorial Scholarship Fund

This annual $500 scholarship is awarded to support females up to 21 years of age to attend EAA’s Summer Air Academy. It is traditionally awarded to an outstanding applicant who participates in EAA’s “Women Soar You Soar” program during AirVenture each summer. The scholarship continues the legacy of Heather McRobert’s passion – promoting youth and women in aviation.

H.P. “Bud” Milligan Aviation Scholarship

This scholarship is a $1,000 renewable scholarship presented to students enrolled in an accredited aviation program at a college, technical school, or aviation academy. Financial need is not a requirement for this award.

Cdr. John Paradiso Scholarship for Women in Aviation/Aerospace

The two daughters of Naval Commander John Paradiso, a WWII aviator, have established an endowed scholarship in their father’s name to benefit young women who have a sincere interest in pursuing their dreams of flight. One annual award of approximately $750.

Payzer Scholarship

The $5,000 Payzer Scholarship enables the recipient to pursue a professional career in engineering, mathematics or the physical or biological sciences. The student must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in an accredited college, university or post-secondary school with an emphasis on technical information.

David Alan Quick Scholarship

The David Alan Quick Scholarship awards $1,000 to a college-level junior or senior in good standing. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering.

For a complete listing of all our scholarships please visit www.youngeagles.org/programs/scholarships/

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