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Scholarships and Awards

Financial Aid – Application Deadline 31 January 2015

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.

 

Undergraduate and Graduate scholarship applications may be submitted online (applications are accepted from October through January).

 

Basic Criteria for Undergraduate and Graduate scholarships:

  • 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
The following Scholarships will be awarded:

Undergraduate

Scholarship Name   Unique Criteria   Sponsor   Value
             
Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering   For students studying a field to enter the Aeronautics industry (e.g. aeronautical or aerospace engineering).   Vicki and George Muellner   $5,000
             
Catherine and David Thompson Space Technology Scholarship   For students studying a field to enter the Space industry (e.g. Astronautical engineering).   Catherine and David Thompson   $5,000
             
Liquid Propulsion Scholarship   NA   AIAA Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee     $2,500  
             
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  
             
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship   For female applicants only.   AIAA Foundation     $1,250  

 

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Graduate

Scholarship Name   Unique Criteria   Sponsor   Value
             
Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards (2 awards)   NA   AIAA Foundation   $5,000
             
Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award   Must be researching a Guidance, Navigation, and Control topic.   AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee   $2,500
             
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
             
Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award   Must be researching an Air Breathing Propulsion topic.   AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee   $1,000
             
John Leland Atwood Graduate Award   NA   AIAA Foundation   $1,000
             
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

 

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