Scholarships

The Aero Club of Pennsylvania annually awards aviation scholarships

For over 75 years, the Aero Club of Pennsylvania has awarded aviation training scholarships through our affiliated scholarship funds** with the goal of supporting young men and women from the Philadelphia/Greater Delaware Valley region in their efforts toward an aviation career.

The 2017 Application Period will begin late January with applications due by April 7.

Final online submissions are due April 7. Interviews will be held at Brandywine Airport on Saturday, May 20.

Applications due by April 7. Interviews will be held at Brandywine Airport in May 20. The Scholarship Awards Dinner will take place at Wings Field on Thursday, June 15.

For questions: scholarships@aeroclubpa.org

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Scholarship Types and Requirements

What types of “aviation training” is considered for scholarships?

1. PRE-SOLO AWARDS:

A few flight training scholarships are available to applicants who have not yet begun flight training or who have not completed their first solo. These awards range from $1000 to $2500. Suggested minimum age is 16 years old. Since very few of these awards are available, applicants who can get to first solo on their own have a much better chance of being awarded a flight training scholarship to help complete their training.

2. ADVANCED/POST SOLO AWARDS:

Advanced scholarships are available to applicants who have completed their first solo flight (or have their certificate) OR can demonstrate an equivalent commitment for a maintenance or aviation-related training scholarship. These awards range from $2000 to $5000 and are given to students pursuing careers in aviation.

3. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS:

Given in honor of Terry Hatcher, Alex Sheves, Peter York Wood and others, these awards are given for flight or maintenance training as stand-alone awards or in conjunction with other awards in either pre or post solo categories. These awards range from $1000 to $5000.

4. MEMORIAL ATP PURSUAL AWARD:

Given in honor of Millie Jordan, as a stand-alone or in conjunction with other awards, a $1,000 award will be given to a candidate who has completed the commercial pilot certificate and pursuing the ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) and a career in aviation.

5. DOOLITTLE TAILWHEEL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Tailwheel endorsement: Eight (8) hours of tailwheel instruction to be given in a J3 Cub or Luscombe 8E on availability at Downstown Airport, Vineland, NJ. The best time for training is between June-November and then March-June. The scholarship expires one year from the Award Dinner and must completed within eight (8) weeks of commencement. Note: height and weight limitation of less than 6’4″ and 240lbs.

6. CHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships for flight and mechanic training at Chester County Aviation are available for both pre-solo and advanced students ranging from $2000 to $5000. The “Make KMQS Great, Inc.” non profit organization of the Chester County Airports Pilots and Tenants Group raises these funds through sponsorships of the Fall Flying Festival. Sponsors include Sikorsky Helicopter, Chester County Aviation Flight School & Maintenance as well as many other generous aviation related corporations in the vicinity.


SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Must be US citizen or resident legal alien and reside in the Philadelphia, Greater Delaware Valley area
    2. Must be available for a personal interview with the Scholarship Review Board in May
    3. If selected for an award, applicants are expected to attend the Scholarship Awards Dinner in June

Applications must be returned by the deadline with the following:

    1. Two letters of recommendation
    2. Recommendation from your flight instructor (for flight training awards)
    3. A transcript of your most recent education
    4. A 500-word typed essay describing your aviation experiences and career goals.
    5. For flight scholarships, copies of all aviation licenses and medical certificate, and the last two pages of your logbook
    6. For maintenance scholarships, proof of enrollment in an accredited A&P program or FAR Part 147 school must be included.
    7. For other scholarships, special rules may apply. See application.

Unsuccessful candidates are encouraged to re-apply the next year. Note that scholarships are awarded in the form of reimbursement with appropriate receipts OR can be awarded to the recipients training facility of choice to be used on account.


Scholarships available from other local aviation organizations:

** The Aero Club of Pennsylvania helped establish the Hollinshead N. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1938, the Bob Shannon Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1971, and finally, the current Aero Club of Pennsylvania Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1993. The current fund is organized as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization and trustees are selected from current and former Board members of the Aero Club of Pennsylvania.