NGPA is proud to have given away over $500,000 in scholarships to aspiring aviators to help them become safer, more qualified members of the worldwide aviation community.

The scholarship application window is now closed. Winners will be announced in late Fall, 2018.

About Scholarships

The cost of flight training is one of the most challenging barriers to entry for pilots. From supporting private pilot training to enhancing education with advanced certificates and ratings, to direct exposure to flight operations at major carriers, NGPA scholarships provide a stepping stone for aspiring aviators at a crucial point in their education.

Download the 2018 scholarship information flyer!

Who is eligible for an NGPA scholarship?

The NGPA and its partner airlines are offering various scholarships in 2018 for persons in all phases of flight training. Each scholarship description will have specific eligibility requirements unique to that particular scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the scholarship descriptions to ensure they are eligible to apply. The only universal requirement is that you must be an NGPA member at the time of application submission.

Can international members apply?

Yes! International members may apply for many of our scholarships including:

American Airlines $5,000 Private Pilot

NGPA & Compass Airlines $5,000 Private Pilot

NGPA $7,000 Instrument Rating

NGPA $7,000 Commercial

NGPA $7,000 Steven Moore Advocacy

NGPA $3,000 Aviation Credentialing

NGPA $2,000 Seaplane Rating

NGPA $1,000 Tailwheel Endorsement

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read requirements for individual scholarships to determine eligibility.


How will recipients be selected?

Candidates are scored by a selection committee made up of members from various aviation-related backgrounds. This committee scores applicants on various criteria. Some of these may include financial need, leadership opportunities, academic performance, involvement in the LGBTQ+ community, and quality of the application essays. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure his/her application highlights these areas. Please read each scholarship description to understand the particular criteria that will be scored. After applications are evaluated, scores are tallied and the Committee Chair recommends the finalists to the respective airline and/or NGPA Board of Directors.


When can I apply?

Applications are available when an active cycle is open. The application window for 2018 will be open from June 1-Aug 31. Recipients will be selected and notified Fall 2018.


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 LGBTQ+ community. This can be accomplished in a number of ways including volunteer work for an AIDS organization; participation in groups that support LGBTQ+ rights, such as the American Civil Liberties Union; participation in local LGBTQ+ organizations; or participation in organizations that otherwise support the LGBTQ+ community, such as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The strength of the applicant’s commitment to supporting and bettering the LGBTQ+ community is one of the criteria established by the NGPA Education Fund, 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 U.S. Dollar amounts. Non-U.S. applicants will need to consider the exchange rate as to determine actual value of any award, if applicable. 


I’ve won NGPA scholarships in the past. Can I apply?

Yes! Previous years’ recipients can apply, provided they meet current eligibility requirements.


How do I apply?

Interested applicants should visit and click on the “Scholarships” tab. Personal information, essays, and supporting documentation will be required as part of the application process. Please review all scholarships to see for which you feel you would be most competitive.


Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. Each applicant may apply for 2 scholarships per application cycle. Should the applicant be selected as the recipient for several scholarships, he/she may only receive 1 scholarship’s funds (at the preference of the applicant). This measure ensures the NGPA can help support a broad base of individuals.



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