FREDERICK, Md. – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation will award 11 scholarships in 2014 to help support outstanding student pilots. Ten of the scholarships will provide $5,000 each and an eleventh scholarship will award $12,000 to student pilots pursuing an FAA sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.
Recipients will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals and a demonstrated commitment to flight training and general aviation. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be at least 16 years old, hold a current FAA student pilot certificate at the time of application, be a current and paid member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded, and not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application.
Qualified candidates can submit applications online. Students will be required to complete a series of essay questions and save responses using their AOPA login. Once the application is completed, students will receive a link to share with two references of their choice. They must receive two complete references before the application deadline. Once completed, applications will be reviewed by a team of AOPA staff.
The application and information on the scholarship program maybe found by visiting: Flight Training Scholarship .
The application deadline is Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The scholarships will be awarded at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Md., on Oct. 4. Winners will be notified prior to the Homecoming Fly-In and need not be present to accept the award.
The AOPA Foundation Inc., a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable, educational and scientific organization, educates the public on the value of general aviation. The Foundation’s mission is to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit—all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America.
Donations to the AOPA Foundation play a critical role in helping take on GA’s most challenging issues. For more information on the AOPA Foundation, please visit: www.AOPAFoundation.org .
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.