The AOPA Foundation has announced that they are now accepting 2018 scholarship applications for primary and advanced flight training.
Thanks to donations from pilots, mechanics, aircraft owners, and many others committed to the future of aviation, the AOPA Foundation is able to offer their Flight Training Scholarship Program. The 2018 scholarship offers both primary and advanced flight training for pilots to continue their endeavors into flight.
The primary certification scholarships will be awarded in amounts from $2,500 to $7,500 to be applied towards an initial pilot certificate. The certificate can be a sport, private, or recreational pilot certificate. Pilot candidates must be over 16 years old and must be a member of AOPA to be eligible for this award. Award applications are due by 12 noon on May 2, 2018.
For the first time the 2018 scholarship opportunities will also include advanced flight training scholarship programs. The advanced rating scholarships will award various awards, ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 in 2018. Applicants for an advanced training scholarship must be seeking one of the following ratings or certificates: instrument, commercial, CFI (Certified Flight Instructor), CFII (Certifited Flight Instructor – Instrument), or MEI (Multi-Engine – Instructor).
To be eligible for an advanced rating scholarship you must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident, hold a minimum of a FAA Private Pilot Certificate at the time of application, be a current paid member of AOPA, cannot have completed the FAA practical test/checkride for the desired rating at the time of application, and you must either be a newly certified pilot (within 24 calendar months) or have completed a flight review in accordance with 14CFR 61.56. The minimum age requirements vary, being 17-years-old for instrument and 18-years-old for everything else.
If you are not yet a member of AOPA, there is still time to join up and get your applications submitted before the deadline of May 2, 2018. Be sure to spread the word to anyone you know who may need assistance reaching their goal of attaining a pilot certificate. We do realize it may seem counteractive to invite others to compete with you for a scholarship, but to ensure #TheFutureOfAviation, we have to do everything we can to get others involved and up in the air.
More information about these scholarships can be found on the AOPA News Website.