The National Air Transportation Association describes itself as “the voice of aviation business,” representing 2,300 companies in the general aviation market. The association offers scholarships in five categories including high school seniors just accepted into university, initial flight training for college students, and course fees for professionals who want to advance their current trade.
The mission of the Flying Musicians and its solo program is “Bringing aviation and music together” by “educating youth in the science and art of education and music.” The organization helps high school band members with flight training to a first solo, up to 15 hours. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and nominated by their music or band director. Awards include flight hours and dual instruction, with materials donated by Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
Veterans of the U.S. military enrolled in Aerosim Flight Academy's Airline Pilot Track can submit a 500-word essay to win a $10,000 scholarship. The academy’s president Hank Coates served 23 years as a Navy aviator and wants to provide “a seamless transition for our valued Veterans into the next stage of their career.” Essays are judged by a committee based on originality, composition, clarity, and relevance to airline pilot training.
Scholarships can help a student to offset flight training but an award can go even further if it’s matched by an organization such as the Order of Daedalians, whose main purpose is to encourage young men and women to become military pilots. The Daedalians offer some individual aid, often matching the contributions of flight schools, individual mentors, as well as nine awards to cadets nominated by an ROTC headquarters (Air Force, Army, Navy).