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AOPA Scholarship


Welcome to the 2017 AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship program! 


AOPA wants to help you live your dream of flight! If you are 15 to 18 years old, and have a burning desire to learn to fly, then you have come to the right place.  AOPA wants to help you earn your wings through its You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship program which will award  $100,000 in flight training scholarships this summer.

Twenty deserving teens who are truly passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate will each receive $5,000 to apply towards direct flight training expenses through an approved flight school or certificated flight instructor. This includes aircraft rental fees, flight/ground instruction, and exam fees, subject to AOPA approval. To be eligible, students must not have completed their sport, recreational, glider, or private pilot check ride at the time of application. As part of the scholarship application process, you’ll be asked to detail your interest in aviation, demonstrate responsibility, and describe your leadership and decision-making skills.

This scholarship application is to be completed only by the high school student who is applying. Scholarship applicants must meet all the criteria listed below.

1.       Current high school student, 15-18 years old

2        U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

3.       Parent or guardian approval (under 18 years of age.)

4.       Not have completed a sport, recreational, glider, or private pilot certificate at the time of application

5.       Minimum GPA of 2.75

6.       Complete solo flight or achieve pilot certificate within one year of receiving the scholarship 

* Employees of AOPA and their immediate family members and household members are not eligible to participate in the AOPA high school flight training scholarship program. The term “immediate family members” includes siblings, children, and grandchildren. 

A completed application and supporting materials must be submitted on or before May 19, 2017, 5 p.m. EDT.  Scholarship winners will be notified by June 21, 2017.

To get started, please click the photo above to reach the AOPA website and then click the “Register” button in the upper right hand corner.