Listed below are additional scholarship opportunities for students of a particular Museum program.

Available Scholarships:

Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements, expectations and application questions. Please read carefully before applying and reach out to if you have questions.

Aeronautical Science Pathway Scholarship

One scholarship of $5,000 is available for current 2023/24 Aeronautical Science Pathway (ASP) students. This award is sponsored by three anonymous donors who are strong supporters of the ASP program and its goals to: 

  • Prepare students for further education and high-demand careers in aerospace, specifically as pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, airport or airline managers, and unmanned aerial systems operators;
  • Develop leadership traits, knowledge and skills that enhance a student’s ability to network with aviation professionals, serve as Museum ambassadors, obtain internship and job opportunities, be contributing citizens within the communities in which they will work and reside; and pay it forward by marketing the program to future students, families, and community members.

The donors for this award chose to invest in a student who will use the scholarship to offset expenses for flight training and/or post-secondary studies at a university, technical school, or other accredited institution. The award is intended for students who will pursue a pathway for which they are being prepared to enter through their participation in the ASP program—pilot, air traffic control, unmanned aerial systems, dispatch, airport or airline operations/management.

Note: ASP Year 1 students are eligible for flight training only; ASP Year II students may apply for either option.

Award Amount: $5,000
Award Qty: 1
Deadline to Apply: February 4, 2024

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in Aeronautical Science Pathway (ASP). Juniors (age 16-1/2 by March 1, 2024) by are eligible for flight training only; Seniors may apply for either option (flight training or post-secondary).
  • 3.0 GPA (grade point average) or higher.
  • Financial Need—Students with highest financial need will be given priority consideration.
  • Timeline for use of scholarship funds: One year from date of acceptance of the award
  • Recipient, and at least one parent/guardian, must attend the Scholarship Celebration scheduled for May 9, 2024.

Expectations Upon Receiving Award:

  • Send a thank-you note or letter to the donors of their award within 1 week;
  • Send an email to the VP of Education at The Museum of Flight within one year, explaining how you used the award and the benefits it provided to you. The information you provide will be shared with the scholarship donors.

Application Questions:

  1. What is your current GPA in ASP?
  2. What is your long-term career goal?
  3. List the academic honors and awards you have received during high school (indicate years as well).
  4. Describe your participation in extra-curricular activities. Indicate leadership positions that you have held. These may include participation in school or non-school sponsored activities. Include work experiences and internships, if applicable.
  5. Describe your community service and volunteer activities.
  6. Juniors are only eligible to us their award for flight training. Seniors can apply for either option. Please explain what you plan to use this award for.
  7. If you are planning to use this award for Flight Training:
    • You and a parent/guardian are required to read The Museum of Flight’s Flight Training Fundamentals document prior to submitting this scholarship application.
    • Please list all pilot certificates and ratings that you have received and dates of completion (if applicable).
    • List all written pilot exams you have passed and dates of completion (if applicable):
    • Number of total hours of flight time recorded (if applicable).
    • Number of solo hours of flight time recorded (if applicable).
    • Current or preferred flight school.
    • How have you funded your flight training to date? (if applicable)
    • If you receive this $5,000 scholarship and need additional funds to complete flight training, what will be your source of funding?
    • If you have received a scholarship or other financial support to pay for flight training, please list those award(s).
  8. If you are planning to use this award for Post-Secondary Studies:
    • Where will you be attending college in the fall of 2024?
    • What do you plan to major in?
    • If you have received a scholarship or other financial support to pay for your post-secondary studies, please list those award(s).
  9. Please write a 500-700 word essay in which you explain why you are applying for the ASP Scholarship, how you have demonstrated attributes of a Pathfinder so far, and plan to continue demonstrating those attributes throughout your education and career. Please use Mr. Wiegand’s poem as a reference for Pathfinder attributes:

Pathfinders, written by Mike Wiegand, (Circa 2000)

Aviation began as a dream, born of wonder and curiosity.
The dream became a theory, through imagination and intelligence.
The theory became an experiment, through courage and study.
The experiment became a practice, through vision and learning.
This progression has been a profound adventure, an awakening of the human soul to the possibilities of dreams.

Modern aviation has always depended on a few adventurous spirits Who are the pathfinders for the rest of us – They are the brave few who survive on faith, skill, and the courage of their convictions.
Pathfinders strive, dare, push the limits, and sacrifice, So that the rest of us can enter the doors they open —  The doors to the future, to human potential…to dreams.

The 2024 scholarship application period is closed. Good luck to all applicants!