Pilot scholarships & grants

Written by danielle delee
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You can learn to fly at almost any airport, gaining freedom and valuable skills. Pilots take trips unfettered by commercial schedules or achieve higher levels of training and work professionally in aviation. Aspiring pilots can find scholarships and grants that will help pay for pilot training at any level.

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Women in Aviation, International Scholarships

The Women in Aviation, International organisation sponsors a long list of scholarships. Despite the name of the organisation, both men and women may apply for these awards, although a few of the scholarships are limited to females. Each applicant must submit one application form that specifies the two scholarships to which he wishes to apply for that year. Applicants must be members of Women in Aviation, and each applicant may receive only one scholarship per year. The scholarships include Sporty's Foundation Flight Training Scholarship, which gives a technician who works on small aircraft £3,250 toward his Recreational Pilot Certificate; and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Student pilot scholarship, which gives £1,950 to a flight student to get his Recreational, Sport or Private Pilot certificate.

Helicopter Foundation International Scholarship

The Helicopter Foundation International sponsors several scholarships to fund studies related to helicopters. One of these is the Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarship, which pays for the recipient to study at certified commercial helicopter pilot training programs. The award pays £3,250 to the certifying facility at the time that the winner receives her Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate. Each year, the Helicopter Foundation International chooses up to four flight students who are enrolled in commercial helicopter programs to receive the awards.

Aero Club of New England Scholarships

Residents of New England may apply to the Aero Club of New England to receive funds for flight training at a New England school. The Michael T. Hadik Memorial Scholarship awards £325 to a flight student with at least 20 flight hours and one solo flight to complete training for his first pilot license. Funds are also available for pilots who are already licensed and have at least 100 flight hours. The advanced awards enable pilots to train for additional certificates. A pilot may apply for all of the awards with one application.

Fred Kacena Scholarship

The Fred Kacena Flight Scholarship is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 240, located in Wilmington, Delaware. The scholarship honours EAA member Fred Kacena, a founding member of Chapter 240. He dedicated his life to flying, receiving the Major Achievement Award from the EAA. The award pays for flight training for two young people between the ages of 14 and 23 each year. Training takes place at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania. The awards are £975 each.

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