Aviation 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.

2022 Application period will begin by January 31


    1. Must be US citizen or resident legal alien and reside in the Philadelphia, Greater Delaware Valley area (~75 miles from Philadelphia).
    2. Must be available for a personal interview with the Scholarship Review Board in mid-May
    3. If selected for an award, applicants are expected to attend the Scholarship Awards Dinner in mid-June

Questions: scholarships@aeroclubpa.org

Applications due April 12, though you are encouraged to submit early.
Interviews will be held at Brandywine Airport May 15. The Scholarship Awards Dinner will take place at Wings Field on Thursday, June 17. For questions: scholarships@aeroclubpa.org

Aero Club Scholarship Types and Requirements

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


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.


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.


Given in honor of Local Aviators, 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.


Given in honor of Millie Jordan, as a stand-alone or in conjunction with other awards, a $5,000 award will be given to a post-solo candidate who is pursuing the ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) and a career in aviation.


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.


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.

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. (Tip: Read the excellent Essay Tips and Interview Techniques near the bottom of this Reviews.com page).
    5. 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)
    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.

** 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.

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