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2020 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 (e.g., flight instruction, A&P mechanic school, etc.) and will be presented during the 2020 Montana Aviation Conference in Great Falls, Montana.

A Love for Aviation 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. The Hanson Family sponsors this $750 scholarship to financially assist a Montana resident with aviation-related educational expenses.
AOM Flight Training Scholarship
Aviation Organizations of Montana (AOM) has established this $500 scholarship to financially assist a student pilot in obtaining their private pilot certificate.
Bob Redding Memorial Scholarship
The Experimental Aircraft Association (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 $250 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.
Charles Taylor/Rosie the Riveter Scholarship
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 344 of Helena is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding second-year airframe and power plant student enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program at Helena College. A winner will be selected by the Chapter 344 membership in January.
Choice Aviation Scholarship
A $1,500 scholarship is available to the holder of at least a Private Pilot Certificate and a Second Class Medical, and who is looking to further advance themselves toward a career in aviation with additional pilot training at any of Choice Aviation's training facilities located in Montana or Wyoming.
EAA Missoula Chapter 517 Scholarship
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 517, Inc. in Missoula will provide THREE $1,000 scholarships in 2020. 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 such as commercial, flight instructor, multi-engine, dispatcher, etc.
Edwards Jet Center Scholarship
Edwards Jet Center, a full-service Fixed Based Operator, Part 135 Charter Operator, and Part 145 Repair Station based at Logan International Airport in Billings, is offering a $500 scholarship to help defray the costs of flight instruction or A&P school.
Montana Antique Aircraft Association (MAAA) Scholarship
The Montana Antique Aircraft Association is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, use, and knowledge of antique airplanes. MAAA’s motto is: "Keep the Antiques Flying." Their $1,000 scholarship is to help defray the cost of flight instruction or help defray the cost of A&P mechanic school.
Montana Ninety-Nines Scholarship
The Montana Ninety-Nines offer this scholarship to qualified female candidates interested in and passionate about aviation. The dollar amount of this scholarship is dependent on candidate goals and must be used within 12 months of date awarded. Candidates must be residents of Montana to be considered for this scholarship. A supplemental scholarship application is required and may be obtained by .
Montana Pilots Association Air Safety and Education Foundation (MPA ASEF) Flight Training Scholarship
This $2,000 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 supplies.
Theresa (Nistler) Colley Flight Scholarship
The Theresa (Nistler) Colley Flight Scholarship is sponsored by the Nistler family and friends of Theresa. This scholarship is in honor of Theresa’s memory, who loved flying and was working toward her private pilot certificate. This $1,500 Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a student pilot who is actively working toward a private pilot certificate.
Tyler Orsow and Chuck Kimes Forever Flying Scholarship
This scholarship is a fully funded seaplane rating provided by the Seaplane Pilots Foundation. The scholarship honors the memory of seaplane pilots Tyler Orsow and Chuck Kimes who were lost in a crash of a one-of-a-kind seaplane on a ferry flight in the Mideast in 2011. To be eligible, the applicant must possess a private pilot certificate, a current flight review and at least a third class medical, be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 17 and 35, a member of the Seaplane Pilots Association, and actively pursuing a career as a professional pilot. The scholarship must be used within 12 months. Those applying for the scholarship must include a color copy of their airman’s certificate, front and back, a photocopy of their medical certificate and a copy of their birth certificate or U.S. passport. A scholarship application is required and may be obtained by emailing Terry Hayes or .

How to Apply

Scholarship awards are based on candidate letters explaining the reasons for applying, future career goals, past aviation experience (if any), and outstanding achievements.

Each letter must include a mailing address, email address, and a phone number. The same letter can be used for each scholarship, but candidates must submit one copy addressed to each individual scholarship. Also include a 250-word biography and one self-portrait. These will appear in the 2020 Montana Aviation Conference program for those receiving awards.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked or date stamped on or before 11:59 p.m. MST, December 1, 2019.

Mail scholarship applications to:

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


Send scholarship applications via .

If you have not received email confirmation within 48 hours of submission or for more information, please call 406-444-2506.

Past Awards