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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Commemorative Air Force

November 21st, 2016, 1:03PM

The CAF Wings Over Houston Air Show awards up to five scholarships to residents of Texas or members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. At its annual air show, which stages the Tora! Tora! Tora! reenactment, the CAF presents scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 to full-time college students who have completed at least two years of study. The CAF is a non-profit organization, partly supported by the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Collings Foundation, and Vietnam War Flight Museum.

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Aero Club of New England

November 21st, 2016, 1:00PM

The Aero Club of New England offers at least 13 scholarships for residents of New England enrolled at its region’s schools. Since 1984, the club has raised money from member companies as well as an annual hangar cookout to fund its education scholarship program. Awards from $200 to $5,000 are primarily distributed to students enrolled at Daniel Webster College, Bridgewater State College, and North Shore Community College, with the remainder to flight schools based in New England.

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Scholarships are available to UND Aerospace programs students based on academic merit, leadership, and flight achievement, sponsored by member organizations and available to both incoming freshmen and transfer students. The website lists sources for 22 types of scholarship aid adding up to approximately $370,000.

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Aircraft Electronics Association

November 21st, 2016, 12:54PM

The Aircraft Electronics Association lists more than 20 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $35,000 and has distributed $1.5 million in scholarships to students focusing on electronics and maintenance. Its member companies will offer scholarships in 2017 for both academic and vocational training for high school seniors or college students. In addition, employees of its member companies can apply for scholarships for flight training.

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The foundation for the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading represents more than 4,100 individual and corporate members spanning aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, finance and insurance, and offers scholarships up to $10,000 per year to students having completed at least two years at an accredited university and based on both academic merit and financial need. Last year the ISTAT Foundation awarded $345,000, and since 1983 has awarded more than $2.2 million to 293 students in 21 countries. The foundation also awards individual internships with its member companies, and grants to organizations of up to $10,000 to “advance commercial aviation,” for example, through public outreach.

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Air Traffic Control Association

November 10th, 2016, 12:32PM

Students enrolled in an FAA-approved or licensed air traffic control program, aviation-related course of study, or are a family member of an ATC specialist, may qualify for scholarships in four categories funded by members of ATCA. Full time employees can also use the funds to enroll in advanced study to improve their skills.

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The Aircraft Distributors and Manufacturers Association assists at least four college students each year pursuing studies in airframe and powerplant (A&P) or aviation management using contributions from more than 60 organizations in the aviation market.

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National Business Aviation Association

November 10th, 2016, 12:28PM

The National Business Aviation Association manages educational programs for a diverse membership representing every aspect of the aviation business from ownership to operations and regulation to maintenance. Its main scholarship page lists 14 scholarships for undergraduate students and trade-school attendees worth $100,000, with another $100,000 set aside for professionals to advance their career skills.

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Naval Helicopter Association

November 10th, 2016, 12:26PM

The Naval Helicopter Association uses financial contributions and in-kind support from its corporate sponsors Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications, Sikorsky, Northrop Grumman, and CAE, to help both active duty and retired military family pursue higher education. Most of the 20 awards do not require a focus in aviation and the funds are for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame

November 10th, 2016, 12:24PM

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame offers seven or more scholarships for residents of Wisconsin enrolled full time in an aviation or aerospace program at a college or trade school. Some awards are based on academic strength while others are simply assessed on “a passion for aviation.”