Aviation Scholarships Available in Arizona

The Arizona Pilots Association provides a $3,000 scholarship to Arizona-based students pursuing a variety of aviation careers.

APA Scholarship recipients receiving their awards at the 2022 annual meeting. [Courtesy: Stefanie Spencer}

One way to advance aviation in your state is to provide scholarships to people seeking careers in the industry—that's what is happening in Arizona, as the Arizona Pilots Association (APA) is in the final stretches of taking applications for its annual scholarship program.

The APA provides $3,000 to Arizona-based students pursuing careers as professional pilots, airframe and powerplant mechanics, aviation maintenance technicians, and in air traffic control and airport management. The deadline to apply is October 31.

APA hands out six to eight scholarships a year to students enrolled in aviation-related programs at accredited colleges, universities, and vocational and technical institutions, according to Chris Nugent, vice president of the APA scholarship committee. The students are eligible for these scholarships, even if they’re attending schools outside of the Copper State.

The organization is looking for applicants who can maintain a scholastic position in the upper half of their class, demonstrate leadership qualities, moral character, and concern for others through community service.

The applicants must certify their intent to use the scholarship funds toward education in the field of aviation through participation in an aviation-related field in college, flight training, or another related educational program.

The APA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. The scholarship program is funded by member donations. For more information about APA, including how to apply for a scholarship, visit azpilots.org.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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