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Aviation 5 Scholarships


The following scholarships are available to currently enrolled EKU Aviation students. Scholarships may not all be open to applicants at the same time.

Walker-Thompson Scholarship

The Walker-Thompson Aviation Scholarship, established in 2021, is a beacon of hope for aspiring aviators. Through the generosity of Dr. Wilma Walker and her late husband, Robert L. Thompson, this scholarship offers vital financial assistance to support the education and career pursuits of future aviation professionals. Dr. Walker’s unwavering commitment to the EKU Aviation program fuels our mission to empower and inspire the next generation of aviators. .

AirMart Aviation Scholarship

AirMart, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Lexington, Kentucky with nearly 50 years of experience in aircraft sales. AirMart’s vision is to lead the aircraft marketplace by exceeding the expectations of its clients with the highest degree of professionalism and by encouraging a spirit of excellence, service, and entrepreneurial creativity in each of its associates.

Tag Veal Memorial Scholarship

The Captain Tag Veal Memorial Aviation Scholarship is open to any declared aviation student with a GPA of at least 3.0 who holds a private pilot’s license. Two scholarships are awarded each year.

Titan Aviation Fuels Scholarship

The Titan Aviation Fuels Scholarship is open to any declared aviation student. One scholarship is awarded each year.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Globalair Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship

This is a $1000 scholarship that is awarded each year to four full time aviation program students from around the country. Students must agree to create a blog for the entire school year and post on it once a week. The scholarship is designed to help the student develop: 1. Writing skills; 2. Develop a network of peers; 3. Create a personal information platform that describes the student as a person so they may use it for potential employers to review (most students do not have work history to use). For more information.

International Society of Women Airline Pilots

For nearly half a century the International Society of Women Airline Pilots has supported the airline dreams of passionate women aviators, by proudly awarding over $1.4 Million in advanced flight training and other professional programs. In 2022, ISA+21 awarded 18 scholarships valued over $70,000. | Future & Active Pilot Advisors

Future and Active Pilot Advisors’ Flight Training Scholarship Directory lists a number of opportunities for airplane flight training scholarships. Scholarship focus, dollar amounts, applicant requirements and deadlines, along with contact information, are included in this comprehensive listing.

Ninety-Nines' Scholarship Opportunities

The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship. The Ninety-Nines are accepting applications for the $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during the 2017 calendar year) with financial support for flight training through her first solo and beyond. The scholarship will be awarded at the Aviation Appreciation Dinner at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on July 25, 2017. Applications must be received by July 1, 2017. Proof of financial need and financial information is not required. Additional information about how to apply for the scholarship and a scholarship flyer can be found here. We get applications for this scholarship from many rising college freshmen who are enrolling in college aviation programs and just starting their flight training.

99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) is a trust fund of over $5 million that provides significant scholarship aid to women pilots and student pilots. The AEMSF has awarded over $11 million in scholarship aid helping over 800 women achieve their aviation dreams.

Entering students may be particularly interested in applying for AEMSF Fly-Now Awards of up to $6,000 toward an initial pilot rating for women who are learning to fly. Since 2014 the AEMSF has awarded over $340,000 in semiannual Flow Now Awards to more than 100 recipients. Applicants will need to join the 99s as a student member by August 15, 2017 and submit their application for the Fall Fly Now Awards by September 15, 2017. The applications for Fly Now Awards are available.

In addition to the Fly Now Scholarships, the AEMSF also offers scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate or rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training and all kinds of type ratings, including jet type ratings. What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training. Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s. The Fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields. Additional information about scholarships offered by the AEMSF can be found here.


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