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.
Aero Club Scholarship Types and Requirements
1. BOB SHANNON 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 fewer of these awards are available, applicants who can get to first solo on their own have a 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. SCHREFFLER AIRLINE PURSUAL AWARD:
The Dr. Jack and Joyce Schreffler Award, as a stand-alone or in conjunction with other awards, a $2,500 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Applications must be returned by the deadline with the following:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Recommendation from your flight instructor (for flight training awards)
- A transcript of your most recent education
- A 500-word typed essay describing your aviation experiences and career goals. (Tip: Read the excellent Essay Tips and Interview Techniques near the bottom of this Reviews.com page).
- For flight scholarships, copies of all aviation licenses and medical certificate, and the last two pages of your logbook (Tip: you can snap pics from your phone)
- For maintenance scholarships, proof of enrollment in an accredited A&P program or FAR Part 147 school must be included.
- 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.