King Schools, NAFI Team Up to Offer CFI Training Scholarship

King Schools and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have teamed up to create a scholarship opportunity.

The NAFI and King Schools teams awarded this year’s scholarship to Tracy Atobatele at Sun ‘n Fun. [Courtesy: King Schools/NAFI]

If becoming a CFI or adding to your instructor ratings is on your to-do list, listen up: King Schools and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have teamed up to create a scholarship opportunity.

The award includes $5,000 to apply toward an initial CFI rating, or it can be used for any CFI add-on rating. The scholarship includes lifelong access to the entire library of King Schools online courses and Flight Instructor Refresher Courses (FIRCs). The scholarship is worth more than $19,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a NAFI member with a current FAA commercial certificate and instrument rating or a CFI certificate.

How to Apply

Instructions for how to apply for the 2024 scholarship are available on the King Schools website. The deadline for applications is January 4.

NAFI, a professional organization geared toward the betterment of flight instructors,  has been around for more than 50 years. It provides resources to all flight instructors and encourages members to aspire to a higher standard of professionalism to elevate flight training. For more information, visit

King Schools has been offering training opportunities for decades. John and Martha King, founders and co-chairpersons of the company, are recognized as top instructors, as a primary mission of King Schools is to support flight instructors by preparing clients for FAA knowledge tests and providing training insights through its Flight Instructor Refresher Course. Since 1994 the Kings have been the first and only couple to both hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates.

They are still active pilots, regularly flying anything they can get their hands on, from jets and piston airplanes to helicopters.

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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