Want to Fly? These 3 Pilot Scholarships Can Help Your Career Take Flight

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Scholarships aren’t just for your typical two-year or four-year colleges.

Obtaining a professional certificate in your field of choice costs money, too — and scholarships can help lower the expense!

Last summer, we wrote about how to become a pilot. Industry experts are predicting thousands of unfilled job openings over the next couple of decades — and the pay can be pretty sweet.

But first, pilots must undergo training and earn certificates, which could cost between $3,000 and $20,000.

If you or someone you know is interested in the aviation field, keep reading to find out how you can fund the training toward an initial or advanced pilot certificate.

Apply for an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Scholarship

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is currently accepting applications for three different scholarship programs: the You Can Fly High School Scholarship program, Primary Certification Scholarship program and Advanced Rating Scholarship program.

The deadline for all three flight school scholarships is May 2, 2018.

You Can Fly High School Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 20

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be currently enrolled in high school with a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Complete their solo flight or obtain their pilot certificate within one year of receiving the scholarship
  • Not have already obtained a sport, recreational, glider or private pilot certificate at the time of application

Applicants under 18 need to have a parent’s permission to apply.

See here for more information and to apply for the You Can Fly High School Scholarship.

The Primary Certification Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: Multiple scholarships will be given ranging from $2,500 to $7,500.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at least 16 years old by the time of the application deadline
  • Intend to obtain a recreational, sport or private pilot certificate
  • Have an FAA student pilot certificate or have a pending student pilot certification application
  • Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application
  • Be a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

See here for more information and to apply for the Primary Certification Scholarship program.

The Advanced Rating Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: Multiple scholarships will be given ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be seeking one of the following ratings or certificates
    • Instrument
    • Commercial
    • Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI)
    • Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFII)
    • Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at least 18 years old (though those seeking an instrument rating can be 17 years old)
  • Have an FAA private pilot certificate
  • Be either a newly certificated private pilot (within 24 months) or have completed a flight review
  • Be a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride for the desired additional rating at the time of application
  • Have two recommendations

See here for more information and to apply for the Advanced Rating Scholarship program.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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