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Scholarships and Awards

Financial Aid – Application Deadline 31 January

To help support promising future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs related to aerospace. Our goal is to help attract top science and engineering students to aerospace fields … to provide high-visibility recognition of these students and their work … to furnish financial assistance to aerospace students … and to assure the availability of the talented professionals the aerospace industry will need in the years ahead.


The AIAA Foundation's undergraduate scholarship program offers scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year, and recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they graduate.

 

Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences.

 

Scholarship applications can be submitted online (applications accepted from October through January).

 

The following Scholarships will be awarded:

Undergraduate:

 

Basic Criteria:

  • Must be an AIAA Member
  • Must be a full-time student
  • 3.3 Grade Point Average (or equivalent)
  • Must be studying a topic related to an AIAA Technical Committee

 

Scholarship Name   Unique Criteria   Sponsor   Value
            $5,000
George and Vicki Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering   For students study a field to enter the Aeronatuics industry (e.g. Astronautical engineering).   George and Vicki Muellner    
             
David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship   For students study a field to enter the SPACE industry (e.g. Astronautical engineering).   David and Catherine Thompson   $2,500
             
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship   For female applicants only.   AIAA Foundation   $1,250
             
Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship   NA   AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee   $1,500
             
Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship   NA  

AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee

 

$1,500

             
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship   NA   AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee   $1,500
             
Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship   NA   AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee   $1,500
             
Space Transportation Scholarship   NA   AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee   $1,500
             
Liquid Propulsion Scholarship   NA   AIAA Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee   $2,500

 

Graduate:

 

Basic Criteria:

  • Must be an AIAA Member
  • Must be a full-time student
  • 3.3 Grade Point Average (or equivalent)
  • Must be studying a topic related to an AIAA Technical Committee

 

Scholarship Name   Unique Criteria   Sponsor   Value
             
Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award   Must be researching a Guidance, Navigation, and Control topic.   AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee   $2,500
             
Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award   Must be researching an Air Breathing Propulsion topic.   AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Tehnical Committee   $1,000
             
John Leland Atwood Graduate Award   NA   AIAA Foundation   $1,000
             
Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards (2)   NA   AIAA Foundation   $5,000
             
Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award   Must be researching a research topic related to propellants and/or combustion.   AIAA Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee   $1,250
             
William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award   Must be researching areas related to general aviation aircraft.   General Aviation System Technical Committee   $1,000

 


The Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement

Through the annual Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement, the AIAA Foundation recognizes outstanding graduate students for their technical writing. Each award includes a trip to an international conference where the winner will participate in a competition against students from around the world.

 

For more information on the Zarem Award or the AIAA Foundations's graduate and undergraduate scholarships, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or stephenb@aiaa.org.

 


The Joseph Freitag Sr. Award

Presented annually to an Industrial Engineering student graduating from the Daimler School

AIAA administers the Joseph Freitag Sr. Award, recognizing outstanding students graduating from the Daimler School. The award was created by the friends and family of Joseph Freitag Sr.