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Aviation in Montana

2022 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.). The following scholarships are available.

AOM Flight Training Scholarship
Aviation Organizations of Montana (AOM) has established this $1000 scholarship to financially assist a student pilot in obtaining their private pilot certificate.
Bob and Kathy Dewante Flight Training Scholarship
The recipient of this $3,000 scholarship is chosen for outstanding interest in aviation 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.
Briar Creek Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship is open to an active student or 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.
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 a $1,000 scholarship in 2022 for a post-solo student.
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 $1000 scholarship to help defray the costs of flight instruction or A&P school.
Mike and Julie Meloche Flight Training Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is open to an active student or 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 Antique Aircraft Association (MAAA) Scholarship
The Montana Antique Aircraft Association is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, use, and knowledge of antique airplanes. Their 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 Aviation Education Scholarship (May be awarded in multiple scholarships)
This scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor and is open to applicants who demonstrate considerable interest in a career in aviation. The applicant must be seeking education or training in an aviation-related field. The applicant must demonstrate financial need and must be a Montana resident.
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's goals, not to exceed $5,000, 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 here.
Montana Pilots Association Air Safety and Education Foundation (MPA ASEF) Flight Training Scholarship
This $3,000 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 $3,000 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. This scholarship is in honor of Theresa’s memory, who loved flying and was working toward her private pilot certificate. This $2,000 Aviation Scholarship will be awarded to a student pilot who is actively working toward a private pilot certificate.

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 one biography (not to exceed 250 words) and one self-portrait.

Scholarship applications must be date stamped or postmarked, on or before 11:59 p.m. MST, December 1, 2021. The winners will be notified in February 2022.

Mail scholarship applications to:

MDT - Aeronautics Division
2022 Scholarship Program
PO Box 200507
Helena, MT 59620-0507

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

Past Awards

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