Guide to Your Future

Hundreds of organizations in the aerospace industry are ready to give you money—to train to fly, to learn their trades, to work for them as apprentices, or to study their subjects in school. Here is your Air & Space/NEXT guide to these sources. Know a resource we could add? Contact us at editors@si.edu.

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National Air Transportation Association

November 10th, 2016, 12:07PM

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.

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Flying Musicians Association

November 10th, 2016, 12:04PM

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.

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Aerosim Flight Academy Disciples of Flight

November 10th, 2016, 12:02PM

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.

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The Order of Daedalians

November 10th, 2016, 12:00PM

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).