Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has worked to keep general aviation fun, safe, and affordable. As part of its commitment to growing the pilot population, AOPA will award a $3,000 scholarship to a WAI member pursuing a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. The recipient will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set and achieve goals, involvement in general aviation, and commitment to completing flight training. If the applicant is a full-time student enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university, she/he must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
In addition to the essay outlined in the WAI scholarship requirements, the applicant must include a separate essay (300 words) expressing how they engage in supporting, promoting, or growing general aviation, including their participation in general aviation activities, events, or organizations, including, but not limited to, leadership positions or volunteer work. The applicant must also have obtained a student pilot certificate by the scholarship application deadline and provide a copy of the certificate.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Funds will be paid directly to the recipient and must be used within one year of the award.