Aircraft Electronics Association Awards $100,000 in Scholarships

Avionics upgrades have continued throughout 2020, proving the resilience of the sector in terms of aviation career paths. Julie Boatman

Those interested in pursuing a career in aviation outside of being a pilot—or as a complementary track to widen their skill set and employability—may want to consider one in the aircraft electronics field. With a range of potential jobs in the offering, from engineering to avionics installation and maintenance, there may be something worth investing in training for. The Aircraft Electronics Association has offered a total of $1.5 million in scholarships to students seeking employment across the industry as well as for those already employed by AEA member companies seeking to level up.

The AEA Education Foundation recently announced the latest of these scholarship awards, for the 2020-2021 academic year, totaling $100,000. The association also opened applications for awards for the 2021-2022 academic year, in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $35,000. Some awards are broad in applicability to any course of study, while others are specific to a training course or technician program focused on avionics.

AEA also offers in-person networking events through the remainder of 2020, in several regions, optimized for the current COVID-19 restrictions depending on locale. The AEA Central Connect Conference in Kansas City runs from October 19 to 20, and interested pilots can register here.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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