The cost of education and training is one of the most challenging barriers to entry for those interested in aviation as a career. Whether it's getting a private pilot's license, an advanced certificate or rating, or even an A&P license or float plane endorsement, NGPA scholarships provide a stepping stone for aspiring individuals at a crucial point in their journey. 

Click here to learn more about the NGPA scholarship program.


FAQs

Where do I apply for scholarships? 

Our scholarship window opened June 1, 2022 and closes July 31, 2022. 

How can I best prepare for the scholarship window before it opens?  

Consider accomplishing the following items NOW in preparation for the June application window: 

  • Scan copies of a photo ID, your medical and your current flight certificates in preparation for upload. 

  • Gather and scan your high school, junior college, trade school, flight school and college transcripts in preparation for upload.   

  • Clean up your logbook entries and be prepared to scan your most recent entries. 

  • Compile and polish your one-page resume. 

  • Compile your community service accomplishments within NGPA, as well as through LGBTQIA-related groups, aviation-related groups, and other clubs and organizations. 

  • Consider how you will concisely articulate your plan to achieve your aviation dreams, your unique financial need, and how an NGPA scholarship fits into your plan.    

Can non-NGPA members receive a scholarship? 

No. You must be a member of NGPA to receive a scholarship award. To become a member of NGPA, visit our website.  Student memberships begin at $20. 

What are the scholarship requirements? 

Each scholarship has a different set of requirements.  You will have a chance in your application to indicate which are your preferred scholarships.  Visit our scholarship to review the 2022 scholarships available and their requirements.  Ensure your application package addresses the requirements of the scholarships you hope to win.

Is a FAA medical required to apply for scholarships?

No, a medical is not required for all of our 2022 scholarships. Take note: a medical is required for any scholarship that is to be used exclusively for flight training; failure to submit a medical in your application packages considerably reduces the number of scholarships for which you would be eligible.

As of 14 June 2200 CST, the Prequalification Screening Questionnaire has been corrected to reflect that this is not a requirement.  If the PSQ prevented you from starting the application process before, please try it again!

 

I am looking for additional financial assistance beyond scholarships, can you help me with that? 

Unfortunately, NGPA cannot provide additional financial assistance outside of our scholarship program. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship that most matches your qualifications and type of training you are pursuing. 

I am not a U.S. citizen (or I don’t live in the U.S.) -- can I still apply? 

Yes! Not all our scholarships are eligible to non-U.S. citizens, but some are.  Most industry-sponsored scholarships (e.g., “United Airlines” or “Solairus” Advanced Flight Training Scholarships) require that you have authorization to work in the U.S. to receive the scholarship.   

Any scholarship sponsored by NGPA alone is open to everyone regardless of where you live or learn to fly.   

Can you help me with my application? 

Unfortunately, no one from the Scholarship Selection Committee can assist with the application. If you have a specific question about the application that is not answered here, we may be able to provide an answer. Otherwise, you will need to seek help from others within NGPA or elsewhere. 

I am new to aviation and want to work on my private pilot license. Where do I begin and how do I qualify for a scholarship? 

The first place to start is by getting your student pilot certificate and your medical certificate (these may have different names and requirements in different countries.) Our Private Pilot Scholarships require that you have your medical and student pilot certificate to qualify for the scholarship. For more information, see the FAA’s website: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/student_cert/ 

I want to begin my private pilot training, but I don’t have any flight time logged.  Are there any scholarship opportunities for me? 

You can still apply! The Steven Moore Advocacy Scholarship is open to all applicants regardless of training progress.  We anticipate the 2022 scholarship season will offer other training scholarships that do not require any initial flight time.   

I do not identify as LGBTQIA+.  Can I still apply for and receive a scholarship? 

Yes! Everyone is eligible to receive a scholarship regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or status. We do look for involvement in or ways in which you have given back to the LGBTQIA+ community. 

When will scholarships be distributed and announced?  

Expect scholarships to be distributed and announced in late September or early October of 2022. This gives our volunteer scholarship committee time to accurately review applications.  All applicants will be contacted with their non-selection status before We close out the scholarship season by notifying all non-selectees by email, contacting selectees by telephone and email, and then notifying membership as a whole via email and the website.   

Do applications get a better chance of getting a better score if they are submitted early or late within the application window?

Short answer -- no. Longer answer -- there is no advantage or penalty to submitting your application early or late in the process -- so long as it is submitted on time -- that is before the deadline on 31 July!  Applications that are not submitted before the deadline will not be considered for awards.  

What scholarships are on offer this year?  Is there a scholarship for floatplanes?  Advanced ratings?  Multiengine ratings?  etc etc....

Click here for a listing of our 2022 scholarships.

Who do I contact with additional questions? 

Additional questions may be sent to [email protected].