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Aviation Scholarships

Montana is very fortunate to have many generous individuals and organizations that believe in promoting aviation by offering monetary assistance to qualified persons. The Aeronautics Division assists in administering some of these scholarships and encourages participation. The scholarships are offered to Montanans to help defray costs of education (i.e., flight instruction, A&P, etc.) and will be presented during the 2016 Montana Aviation Conference in Helena.

A Love of Aviation (ALOA) Scholarship
An anonymous donor established this scholarship of $250 in 1997 and in 2010 two more anonymous donors contributed an additional $250 each creating a $750 scholarship.
AOM Flight Training Scholarship
AOM has established this $500 scholarship to financially assist a student pilot in obtaining their private pilot certificate.
Blue Goose First Generation Flight Scholarship
Blue Goose Aviation is proud to give our First Generation Scholarship to a deserving person in Montana. The scholarship is for someone who does not have another pilot in the family. This year the scholarship will be a $1,000 value to be flown at Blue Goose Aviation in Polson, MT (either 5 hours dual in our Cessna 182 or 8 hours dual in our Cessna 150). We would like all applicants to follow the application procedures set forth by the MDT Aeronautics Division plus answer these two questions.
  1. What aviation certificates or ratings do you have at this time and what type of training would you like to do with this scholarship? (i.e. private license, basic aircraft control, mountain flying checkout, instrument training, etc.)
  2. How would this scholarship and training help you towards your future aviation goals?
Bob Redding Memorial Scholarship
EAA Chapter 57 in Billings is offering a scholarship in memory of Bob Redding who was a lifetime advocate of general and experimental aviation. Building aircraft was as important to Bob as flying them and, given his tenure as a college math professor, so was education. Consequently, this $500 scholarship is offered to those working towards their A & P license, first generation pilot training, or any post-secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degree.
EAA Missoula Chapter 517 Scholarship
EAA Chapter 517 in Missoula will provide THREE $1,000 scholarships in 2016. One will be for a post-solo student; one for a second year A&P student; and one to be used for any type of aviation career training.
Edwards Jet Center Scholarship
Edwards Jet Center a full-service fixed based operator and Part 135 charter operator based at Logan International Airport in Billings is offering a $500 scholarship to help defray the costs of flight instruction.
Montana Antique Aircraft Association (MAAA) Scholarship
MAAA is offering a $1,000 scholarship to help defray the costs of flight instruction.
MPA Air Safety and Education Foundation (MPA ASEF) Flight Training Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is open to an active pilot who has considerable interest in aviation and is seeking advanced flight training or pursuing a profession in aviation. Applicant must be a Montana resident.
Montana Pilots Association (MPA) Junior Pilot Scholarship
The recipient of this $1,000 scholarship is chosen for outstanding interest in aviation, citizenship in their community and demonstrated academic achievement. The recipient must be a Montana resident and previously soloed. Preference is given to younger applicants who are new pilots or pursuing a profession in aviation.
Parrott Family Scholarship
The Parrott Family offers a $1,000 scholarship to be used over a one-year period for pilot training programs for students enrolled in the Rocky Mountain College (RMC) aviation program. The funds may be used for tuition in the RMC aviation program, and/or flight training expenses leading to a Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor Certificate, and may include Instrument and Multiengine simulator training, and the purchase of aviation related materials and related supplies.
Theresa (Nistler) Colley Scholarship
Mountain AirDance Flight Training (Jeanne MacPherson and Bill Gallea) and Vetter Aviation (Brent and Rosie Vetter) offer this $1,000 scholarship in memory of Theresa (Nistler) Colley who passed away from leukemia in February, 2012. Theresa loved flying and was working toward her private pilot certificate. This scholarship will be awarded to a student pilot who is working on getting their private pilot rating.
Vigilante Hangar Scholarship
the Vigilante Hangar of the Montana Pilots Association is sponsoring the 1st annual Flight Instructor Scholarship. The Scholarship in the amount of $650 will be awarded to an instrument rated commercial pilot who is pursuing an initial CFI rating.

How to Apply

Awarding of the scholarships are based on a letter explaining the reasons for applying; future career goals; past aviation experience; (if any); and outstanding achievements.

The same letter can be used but applicant must submit one copy addressed to each individual scholarship.

Each letter must include your mailing address and daytime phone number.

If you are awarded a scholarship, your photo will appear in the 2016 Montana Aviation Conference Program. Please include a photo with your letter of interest for this purpose (only one photo is necessary).

Letters must be postmarked on or before January 2, 2017.

Mail your letters to:

Montana Aeronautics Division
PO Box 200507
Helena, MT 59620-0507

Call 406-444-2506 for more information.

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