Do you aspire to be a professional pilot?
Do you need financial assistance for advanced flight certificates/ratings or for tuition?
NGPA Education Fund might have just the help you need!
What is the NGPA Education Fund?
The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides educational assistance in the form of scholarships to students pursuing aviation careers as professional pilots and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual & transgender (LGBT) community.
NGPA-EF has awarded more than 33 awards totaling $93,000 since its inaugural grant in 1998. In 2008, four awards of $3,750 were made.
Application deadline extended to April 1st 2010!
Who is eligible?
Applicants must be:
1) pursuing a career as a professional pilot;
2) either accepted at or currently:
a) enrolled in an accredited college or university with an aviation related curriculum (aerospace, aerodynamics, engineering, airport management, etc.) in pursuit of a degree leading to a career as a professional pilot; OR;
b) undergoing a course of study in a recognized professional pilot aviation training program in an institution of higher learning, aviation technical school, or government approved flight school.
It is not necessary to be a citizen of the USA or to be attending training in the USA to apply.
Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for the basic Private Pilot Certificate; they must be applied towards advanced fight training at a government certified flight school or to college tuition if enrolled in an accredited aviation degree program.
While applications are due each year on March 1st, the scholarship winners will be announced during the summer with financial awards distributed following the announcement -- for the start of the Fall academic term.
How will recipients be selected?
Each candidate must submit a formal application on or before the annual March 1st deadline date. This application documents the candidate’s prior academic record and work experience, financial need, extra curricular activities and/or community activities/honors/awards, etc., along with supporting references and a letter of recommendation.
We also require the applicant to submit two short essays: one clearly outlining his/her career objectives, and the second documenting the applicant’s service in contributing to the LGBT community in some positive way.
After the applications have been received, they are reviewed by a volunteer selection committee whose members independently rank the candidates using an appraisal form that addresses a set of selection criteria. This form provides a blueprint for evaluating and ranking a candidate in an objective and rational fashion based on selection criteria obtained from the application. Completed appraisal forms are then forwarded to the Education Committee chair who then collates the scores and makes the final award recommendation to the NGPA-EF Board of Directors.
How do I get an application?
Applications are also available for download by following this link: NGPA-EF Application. Requests for applications or further information may be made by mail to NGPA-EF, or by phone, fax or email (Contact NGPA). All applications must be received by March 1st each year for awards in the following summer or fall.
Applications may be submitted at anytime throughout the year.
Will a scholarship be awarded on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation?
No. But the applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the LGBT community. This can be accomplished in a number of ways: examples include volunteer work for an AIDS organization; participation in groups that support LGBT rights, such as the American Civil Liberties Union; participation in local LGBT organizations; or participation in organizations that otherwise support the LGBT community, such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The strength of the applicant’s commitment to supporting and bettering the LGBT community is one of the criteria established by the NGPA Education Fund in considering applicants; however, the scholarship will be awarded regardless of race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or other groups protected by non-discrimination laws.
How will the awards be administered?
Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution or flight school, to offset the cost of the recipient’s tuition or training.
Awards are based on US Dollar amounts. Non-US applicants will need to consider the exchange rate as to the actual value of any award, if applicable.
Since the awards are not currently based on endowment funding, the number and amount of awards may vary from year to year based on funding availability. In 2008, four awards of $3,750 were made. For the current grant cycle, the award budget is $15,000 with the expected award amount between $3,500 and $5,000.