Finding Scholarships for Flight Training

Funding pilot training can be difficult. Many students take out loans from financial institutions. Some use government benefits such as the

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Montgomery G.I. Bill. However you choose to pay for flight school, scholarships can help you keep the cost down.

Finding aviation scholarships can be challenging, thought, and the application process is sometimes rather daunting. Most scholarship applications demand personal essays, letters of recommendation, education transcripts and a history of your volunteer work or community involvement. Many require you to be an active member of the organization to apply.

So how do you find a scholarship for flight training?

Here are a few tips:

  • Be persistent: Scholarship information is available through many different organizations, but you’ll need to devote some time and energy to finding them. An internet search reveals many different websites to browse for flight training scholarships. You’ll need to sort through these search results to filter out the ones that don’t apply to you (there will be many). You can also go a step further and search for specific organizations that help pilots, like AOPA, WAI and the 99s. You’ll want to go directly to the organization’s website to look for scholarships. Many of these organizations don’t market their scholarships externally, so in order to find out about them, you’ll need to be a member or be resourceful enough to find the information yourself.
  • Join Professional Organizations: Many professional organizations charge an annual fee to be a member. It’s worth paying the money if you plan on applying for scholarships with that organization. Women in Aviation, International, for example, offers many different scholarships to its members, both men and women.
  • Volunteer: You’ll want to build up your resume before you start applying for scholarships. Often, scholarships are given to those that contribute to society in a helpful way. If you volunteer or take an active role in your community, your chances of earning a scholarship will be better.
  • Don’t Give Up: Scholarships are available for all stages of flight training, from private pilot training to jet transition courses. If you don’t earn a scholarship right away, keep trying. You might get one later on, once you’ve improved your resume, networked with other aviation peers and made connections in the industry.

Tips for International Students:

  • Search for scholarships in your home country, too. Some organizations will offer scholarships for flight training in the USA if you plan on returning to your home country, for example.
  • Many flight training scholarships in the U.S. are available to U.S. residents only. Make sure you check the requirements before you apply.
  • You may find it best to attend a flight training program like PEA’s before you begin applying for scholarships in the U.S. Your chances of winning scholarship money will increase if you’re serious about your aviation career and are already enrolled at an accredited institution when you apply.

Aviation Scholarship Resources:

To get you started, here are a few websites that offer scholarships for pilots:
http://www.wai.org
http://www.ninety-nines.org
http://www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships
http://www.youngeagles.org/programs/scholarships/scholarships.asp
http://www.wca-intl.org/scholarships.htm
http://www.leroywhomerjr.org/scholarships/
http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/

38 Comments
  • Executive
    Posted at 04:57h, 24 June Reply

    Hi my name is Executive from South Africa i love to persue my dream in Aviation i like to that do you offer student loans or schoolarship for foreigners

  • eyinsan
    Posted at 03:59h, 25 June Reply

    Thanks. Love this

  • neliswa phuthumani
    Posted at 05:24h, 15 July Reply

    my name is neliswa and am from south africa i want to ask how to get a loan when you out of fanances,my mother is anemployed and i dont have someone who will pay my fees,i would like nyour schoolarship or loan to help me please.

  • henry kputs
    Posted at 09:43h, 16 August Reply

    my name is HENRY, please i need guide on how to pursue dis.

  • Ryan matan
    Posted at 06:05h, 31 August Reply

    Hi im ryan and from Papua New Guinea, I want to make my dream come as a pilot but lost, knew not how would i go about obtaining information and going overseas and get trained.
    confuse.
    please help

  • stella tracy
    Posted at 04:49h, 18 September Reply

    Hi iam Stellatracy from uganda i really want to make my dream come true as apilot but i dont know how to go about this because i dont have the funds.some help please

  • daniel
    Posted at 15:04h, 18 September Reply

    pls am from usa md i realy need to be a pilot but lacks funds can you help me

  • Ajayi John
    Posted at 14:05h, 12 December Reply

    Pls I need on my aviation career pursuit. My name is John from Nigeria. I want to study aviation as a career and train as a Pilot but finance is the problem, so I need a scholarship or mentor or research group to sponsor me. I will be grateful if this chance is mine

  • ALMAMUN
    Posted at 13:37h, 16 December Reply

    Hi, my name is AL MAMUN and am from Bangladesh i want to ask how to get a loan when you out of fanances,my father is a farmer and i dont have someone who will pay my fees,i would like your schoolarship or loan to help me please.

  • alpha respich
    Posted at 11:35h, 22 December Reply

    Hello.
    am Alpha from Tanzania, i want to become a PILOT on my future days,after finish up my subjects.
    pls i need your help.

  • anthonio
    Posted at 17:45h, 30 December Reply

    You all have just read the article, least you could do is to try following the steps outlined.

  • RAVELONARIVO TSITOHERY
    Posted at 12:00h, 10 January Reply

    I have already attended pilot training in my country in MADAGASCAR,and i have already gotten my PPL(A) (Private pilot licence), and now i would like to resume my study ,actually to continue the CPL(A) and IR(A), but my parent can’t afford me, that’s why i’m looking for a scholarship or other possibility to resume my pilot training. Thank you.

  • Mfundo
    Posted at 08:20h, 13 January Reply

    Hey future aviators !.I’m Mfundo Sosibo from south Africa also struggling to obtain a schoolarships to pursue this career I so aspire.let’s follow these tips guys and make use of the websites…all the best.

  • Ben
    Posted at 10:20h, 08 February Reply

    Long time craving to be an air line pilot, but fiancially unable to afford, I will greately appreciate if offered any opportunity to attend such trainings

    • Ben
      Posted at 10:24h, 08 February Reply

      (From Tanzania).

  • Ben
    Posted at 10:27h, 08 February Reply

    Long time craving to be an air line pilot, but finacially unable to afford, I will greately appreciate if offered any opportunity to attend such trainings any where.
    I anticipate to hear from you soon.

  • martha wairimu
    Posted at 04:07h, 21 February Reply

    i would like to get scholarship to do the course to fly planes becouse i can not afford on my own plse advice.

  • Thabo Confidence Chibi
    Posted at 08:28h, 27 February Reply

    Im Thabo seeking for a scholarship or loan because I want to become a pilot and Im completed school in 2013.I passed my matric in :Mathematics 5;Physics 4;English 4;Siswati 6

  • Isaac Rainy
    Posted at 21:59h, 01 March Reply

    Hi I Isaac Rainy from Papua New Guinea. Im currently doing my ground study for BAK at an Aviation School in Port Moresby.Im desperately in need of funds to pursue my study at Bankstown in Sydney to do my PPL,CPL AND IR courses respectively..Im a self funded student
    .Need help please! !

  • DOUBEICHE BACAR
    Posted at 07:24h, 06 March Reply

    Hi my name is Doubeiche Bacar,i’m from comoros my dream is to become a pilote and i would like a scholarship to realize my dream.I would be pleased if i found a scholarship.

  • Blessed Nyathi
    Posted at 05:10h, 31 March Reply

    Hie.lm from Zimbabwe and i have a dream of becoming a commercial pilot but im facing fanancial challenges. Thank you for helping me access websites that can help me fulfil my dream.

  • Amos kariuki
    Posted at 08:57h, 31 March Reply

    Hi my name is Amos Kariuki from Kenya and I would like to pursue my career as an airline pilot so I can help my mother and two siblings.My major problem is that my mother doesn’t have the funds to pay for my so please I’m humbly requesting for a scholarship or if worse comes to worse I’ll accept anyone who’ll finance my training then I’ll be able to pay him/her after a period of time once l am employed. Thank you.God bless.

  • kelvin sowah
    Posted at 10:22h, 06 August Reply

    Hi,my name is kelvin and i am from Ghana, Africa. I would like to fulfill my dreams of becoming the best commercial piloting in the whole wide world but due to inadequate funds my dreams cannot become reality so i am pleading with you, please i need a scholarship to study or please fund me and i promise to pay you back once i complete the courses and get employed and also pay you back in interest any amount of your choice and also make you proud….!!! Thank You. Love to hear from you soon.

  • Rodrick Tennant
    Posted at 22:21h, 16 August Reply

    From the first time I flew on an airplane at the tender age of 10, I knew undoubtedly that I wanted to become an airline pilot. The sad thing is aviation schools are generally expensive and it seems limited scholarships, if any, are available to international students. I’ve been persistent in pursuing my dreams of becoming a pilot; including trying out for the army in my home country and I don’t plan on giving up. I believe that poverty is never an excuse to give up on one’s dreams. At present, I’m 25 years old and at a cross-roads in my life. I have every opportunity to do my Master’s degree but I keep putting it on hold because I know deep down that I want to become a pilot so badly. I feel that if I pursue my Master’s, I’ll forfeit my aviation dreams…I hope very soon more doors will be open for international students because we have so much to offer to the world….we work really hard to be eligible for scholarships so it is disheartening to think that there may not be a silver-lining for us in aviation…Rodrick, from Kingston, Jamaica

  • Alfred R Orea
    Posted at 08:02h, 23 August Reply

    Hi my name is Alfred.Orea
    I am 26years old and i am from Papua New Guinea.
    I have tried for almost three years now to find a scholarship to pursue my dream of been a aviator. Is their anyway in which you could help me archieve this?. could you help me with a pilot student loan or any other possible ways to pursue in what i am dreaming on archieving. Thanks you can also contact me through hcustoms2@gmail.com

  • Hamza Khatibu
    Posted at 01:43h, 16 September Reply

    Hi! am Hamza Khatibu from Tanzania thanks to you for giving us the tips that will help to find aviation scholarships easily. My ambition is to become a commercial airline pilot with instrument and mult engine ratings but unfortunately I can’t afford to pay expenses. Please can you help me find a scholarship so that I can make my dream come true and be able to help others who are I need of becoming pilots but they can’t afford.

  • Jackson Ngunjiri
    Posted at 05:52h, 19 September Reply

    Hallo, am Jackson Ngunjiri from Kenya seeking assistance to pursue my long and hopeful dream of been a pilot. Piloting to me isn’t just a career but my destiny, what I was made for, to enable and reform the aviation industry to better people’s lives. Please assist me to achieve my goals and become a pilot.

  • WIlson Aisa Isaac
    Posted at 23:40h, 28 September Reply

    Please help me achieve my dream

  • vincent owuor odero
    Posted at 10:06h, 11 October Reply

    I am from Kenya and I am in search for an aviation scholarship to pursue my dream in aviation. thanks for the help.

  • Collen
    Posted at 19:40h, 11 October Reply

    Hello there!!!! I’m Collen in South, the way I passionate about aviation, if had it my way I’d wake up one being Cormecial pilot but because of lack of money I can live my dreams, and I wanna know how can get SCHILARSHIPs, and pursue my and dreams

  • Ann
    Posted at 22:51h, 10 November Reply

    Hi. I am also an aviation major in Bridgewater State University in United States , and I have to get a loan to pay my flight training and other bills so am in need of loan . Can someone please help me get a loan to achieve my dreams. Thank you . Hope to hear from you soon

    • Phoenix East Aviation
      Posted at 06:18h, 11 November Reply

      You can Approach Sallie Mae or any Title IV approved Financial Institutions.

  • ELIFURAHA MALEMA
    Posted at 12:21h, 14 November Reply

    Qiters never win and winner never quits. Yes as really read the above pamphlet and six step/certificate to pass in order to be a pilot. Only thing I am request from you is total fees up CPL. Please send me to my e-mail because I am really want to became airlines pilot. Thank and have a nice duty.

    • Phoenix East Aviation
      Posted at 08:51h, 17 November Reply

      Please Contact Our Admission Officers for the the requested information, Thank you!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 05:06h, 20 November Reply

    Hi!

    I understand that I have to earn money for my flight training.
    I need spend some time for it. 2 or 3 years.
    I’d like to borrow money for my flight traning.
    But I don’t have a credit score.

  • waruna prabhath thalakotuna
    Posted at 08:56h, 23 December Reply

    sir, my name is waruna prabhath thalakotuna. i’m from sri lanka. my dream is to be a pilot. plz help me.

  • Paulo Robles
    Posted at 04:26h, 25 February Reply

    Hi, My name is Paulo Robles from the Philippines. I would like to pursue my dream to become a pilot but due to lack of money it would be difficult for me. Please Help earn a scholarship to achieve my dream.

  • Aptis Aviation
    Posted at 01:30h, 07 July Reply

    Very useful information who are seeking for scholarship or loans. Thanks dear for sharing with us.

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