Aviation Scholarships & Internships

These scholarships are available for EKU Aviation students.  Scholarship applications are available in the EKU Aviation office in the spring semester to be awarded for the following academic year.

Patricia Eidson Memorial Scholarship

The Patricia Eidson Memorial Scholarship is open to any female pursuing a career as a professional pilot. Applicants must have a private pilot's license, a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 60 credit hours.

H. Lee Moore Jr. Scholarship

The H. Lee Moore, Jr. Aviation Scholarship is open to any declared aviation student with a GPA of at least 3.0 who holds a private pilot's license.

Tag Veal Memorial Scholarship

The Captain Tag Veal Memorial Aviation Scholarship is open to any declared aviation student with a GPA of at least 3.0 who holds a private pilot's license. Two scholarships are awarded each year.

Southeastern Airport Managers' Association Scholarship

Applicants for the SAMA Scholarship must be a United States citizen, be at least a junior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major subject field of Aviation, have demonstrated a financial need and have a strong interest in aviation, preferably airport management.

FAPA.aero | Future & Active Pilot Advisors

Future and Active Pilot Advisors' Flight Training Scholarship Directory lists a number of opportunities for airplane flight training scholarships.  Scholarship focus, dollar amounts, applicant requirements and deadlines, along with contact information, are included in this comprehensive listing.

Globalair.com Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship

This is a $1000 scholarship that is awarded each year to four full time aviation program students from around the country.  Students must agree to create a blog for the entire school year and post on it once a week. The scholarship is designed to help the student develop: 1. Writing skills; 2. Develop a network of peers; 3.  Create a personal information platform that describes the student as a person so they may use it for potential employers to review (most students do not have work history to use). For more information please see:  https://www.globalair.com/scholarships/.  The application period starts in April.

Ninety-Nines' Scholarship Opportunities

The Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship.  The Ninety-Nines will award a $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during the 2016 calendar year) with financial support for flight training through her first solo and beyond. The scholarship will be awarded during the WomenVenture activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 27, 2016.  Applications will be accepted through July  1, 2016.   Proof of financial need and financial information is not required.  Additional information about how to apply for the scholarship and a scholarship flyer can be found at www.kjsoloscholarship.com.

99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) is a trust fund of over $5 million that provides significant scholarship aid to women pilots and student pilots.  Over the past 10 years AEMSF has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarship aid.  Over its 75 plus year history, the Fund has awarded over 750 scholarships, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams. 

Entering students may be particularly interested in applying for AEMSF Fly-Now Scholarships of up to $6,000 toward an initial pilot rating for women who are learning to fly.  From October 2014 to October 2016, AEMSF awarded $190,000 in semiannual Fly Now Awards to 79 recipients.  Applicants will need to join the 99s as a student member by August 15, 2016 and submit their application for the Fall Fly Now Awards by September 15, 2016.  The applications for the fall Fly Now Awards will be available in August 2016.

In addition to the Fly Now Scholarships, the AEMSF also offers scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate or rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training and all kinds of type ratings, including jet type ratings.  What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training.  Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s.  The Fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields.  Additional information about scholarships offered by the AEMSF can be found at http://www.ninety-nines.org.

Blue Grass Airport Operations Internship Program. The Airport Operations Internship Program at Blue Grass Airport was created in partnership with the Eastern Kentucky University Aviation Program and the EKU Career and Co-Op Office in the fall of 2013 to give EKU Aviation Management students real-world aviation experience while reinforcing classroom knowledge, enhancing basic career skills, and earning academic credit towards their degree. Available exclusively to EKU students and one of only a few of its kind in the United States, the program is available to students twice per academic year by applying through the Career and Co-Op Office. Download this PDF document to find out more.