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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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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