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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    Founded in 1996, the AIAA Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization committed to providing financial support to educational programs. By devoting resources to the education of both practicing and future aerospace professionals, and by recognizing professional achievement, we are influencing the future of the aerospace profession.


    The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators at both the university level and K-12: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences. This financial assistance allows educators and students to build scientific literacy and advance the arts and sciences of aerospace.

    Our Mission

    To recognize aerospace industry accomplishments and support educational efforts at all levels.

    Our Vision

    To introduce students to the creativity of science and engineering for the aerospace industry.


    Your gift to the AIAA Foundation makes these programs possible:


    Helping college students as they work to earn their degrees has long been one of the cornerstones of the AIAA Foundation. We fund numerous scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    K-12 Education
    AIAA and the AIAA Foundation are partners for K-12 education, providing resources to help teachers excite students about math and science. School system budget constraints make AIAA Foundation more crucial than ever.

    Design Competitions
    Every year, the AIAA Foundation sponsors a range of design competitions that ask students to solve real-world design problems. These well-respected and high-visibility competitions give America's best student designers a chance to put their talent front and center.

    Student Conferences
    Every year, the AIAA Foundation helps support Regional Student Conferences held throughout the United States, as well as an International Student Conference.

    The Spotlight on Individual Achievement
    The AIAA Foundation recognizes the achievements of our members by funding several prestigious awards. By rewarding educators, students, and practicing aerospace professionals for their outstanding individual contributions, we confirm the excellence and success of their contributions to the industry.

    AIAA Educator Achievement Awards
    Every two years, the AIAA Foundation recognizes up to seven outstanding educators for their accomplishments in exciting K–12 students about math and science and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies. The awards are generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.

    AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence
    The AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence is the highest award presented by the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees to recognize excellence within the aerospace community. Nominees whose current noteworthy accomplishment, extraordinary lifetime contributions or unique accomplishments represent “excellence within the aerospace community” and generate “inspiration for the global community” are eligible. The recipient must be able to attend the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to accept the award.