The NBAA Charities scholarship program, generously supported by NBAA member donors, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students and nearly the same amount in monetary and training awards for working professionals in business aviation, including pilots, maintenance professionals, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians.

Individuals who have received NBAA Charities scholarships have gone on to even more successful careers in business aviation. “It’s very rewarding to see where these professionals have started and where they are today,” says NBAA Director, Professional Development Jay Evans, who coordinates the scholarships. “Helping one another in this industry is what a career in business aviation is all about.”

Take advantage of these offerings to ascend in your aviation career; apply for an NBAA Charities scholarship today.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

The following scholarship programs have upcoming application deadlines. This page is updated regularly as new applications become available.

Feb. 28, 2019 John F. Rahilly Memorial Scholarship for Future A&P Technicians Scholarship
Feb. 28, 2019 AMT Maintenance Scholarships
Feb. 1, 2019 Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship

Scholarships for Students

NBAA Charities currently offers the following scholarships to highly qualified students studying aviation-related curricula at institutions of higher learning.

  • Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate

    1. Full-time undergraduate enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school;

    2. rising sophomore or higher standing,

    3. with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Award Amount
    $5,000 for educational costs
  • Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Undergraduate student pursuing a career in business aviation management at an NBAA/UAA institution who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to customer service.
    Award Amount
    $2,500 for educational costs
  • Fred and Diane Fitts Aviation Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Aspiring business aviation schedulers or dispatchers, maintenance professionals, pilots or flight attendants.
    Award Amount
    Funds of up to $2,500 will be awarded to 4 individuals
  • John F. Rahilly Memorial Scholarship for Future A&P Technicians Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Feb. 28, 2019
    Target Candidate
    A student currently enrolled in an FAR part 147 A&P program.
    Award Amount
    Funds of $1,000 to be used for educational costs.
  • Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Full-time undergraduate students enrolled or accepted into an aviation management program at an NBAA/UAA member school; rising sophomore or higher standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    Candidates should possess a passion for aviation and demonstrate honesty, integrity and selflessness.
    Award Amount
    Five awards of $4,500 for educational costs
  • UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Nov. 30, 2018
    Target Candidate

    • Full-time undergraduate enrolled in aviation-related curricula at an NBAA/UAA member school

    • Rising sophomore or higher standing

    • Minimum GPA of 3.0

    Award Amount
    A minimum of $1,000 towards educational costs
  • William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Business aviation maintenance technician
    Award Amount
    Two awards of $2,500 for educational costs

Scholarships for Working Professionals

In addition to offering scholarships for students, NBAA Charities also offers several monetary and training scholarships to promote professionalism and career advancement for aviation professionals such as flight department managers, pilots, maintenance technicians, schedulers, dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians. These scholarships are administered by NBAA standing committees and would not be possible without the generous financial support of NBAA Member donors.

  • AMT Maintenance Scholarships

    Application Deadline
    Feb. 28, 2019
    Target Candidate
    Current or aspiring business aviation maintenance technicians.
    Award Amount
    One of 37 courses donated by 18 education and training providers.
  • C&W Family Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Business aviation professionals
    Award Amount
    Funds of up to $2,500 to be used for advanced aviation professional education. Examples would be the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program, Professional Development Program (PDP) courses and other advanced aviation courses.
  • Certified Aviation Manager Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Aviation managers who are also qualified CAM exam candidates in pursuit of their CAM certification—or current CAMs pursuing recertification.
    Award Amount
    CAM Candidates: $1,225; Current CAMs: $300
  • Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Feb. 1, 2019
    Target Candidate
    Current or aspiring business aviation professionals.
    Award Amount
    Funds of up to $2,500 to be used for professional/educational training
  • Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Nov. 30, 2017
    Target Candidate
    Business aviation professionals
    Award Amount
    Funds up to $1,225 to be used for candidates in pursuit of CAM certification or advanced safety-related courses.
  • Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Mar. 23, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Current or aspiring business aviation flight attendants and flight technicians.
    Award Amount
    Monetary prize and training
  • Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Mar. 16, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Current or aspiring business aviation maintenance technicians and military personnel transitioning to business aviation.
    Award Amount
    Two Falcon Jet aircraft initial maintenance courses, plus travel expenses
  • International Operators Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Nov. 30, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Individuals entering the business aviation industry, or current aviation professionals seeking to expand their career in international operations.
    Award Amount
    Educational or training costs up to $9,000
  • Jake Cartwright Leadership Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Jul. 27, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Aviation professionals who are also qualified CAM exam candidates in pursuit of their CAM certification
    Award Amount
    $1,225 to cover CAM application fee, CAM Study Guide, exam registration fee and registration for the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)
  • Leadership Conference Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Nov. 30, 2018
    Target Candidate
    Aviation professionals and students interested in attending the annual NBAA Leadership Conference for education about flight department management.
    Award Amount
    Complimentary Leadership Conference registration, plus $850 to cover related expense
  • Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Oct. 13, 2017
    Target Candidate
    Current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers
    Award Amount
    Various. Review the training options below.
  • Schedulers and Dispatchers Monetary Scholarship

    Application Deadline
    Oct. 13, 2017
    Target Candidate
    Current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers
    Award Amount
    Educational costs up to $10,000 for continuing scheduler/dispatcher education or training.

For More Information

NBAA Charities is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and all donations made to NBAA Charities are tax deductible. Companies wishing to donate funds or training awards in support of scholarships may make donations by check payable to “NBAA Charities” and sent to NBAA Charities, 1200 G St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. Note the name of the specific scholarship in the check "remarks" field. All monetary donations to NBAA Charities will include a 10-percent administrative fee.

For more information, click on the links above to individual scholarship pages, or direct questions to NBAA's Tyler Austin at (202) 783-9267 or scholarships@nbaa.org.'