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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Scholarships & Graduate Awards


scholarship applications are being accepted from 05 October to 31 January


To help support our future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs.

In the past 20 years, the AIAA Foundation has provided over 750 scholarships and graduate awards to students at more than 150 colleges and universities worldwide.

The AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Program offers scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year, and recipients can apply to renew their scholarship annually until they reach graduation.

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

Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Award applications MUST be submitted online.

Undergraduate Scholarships


Award Amount

Daedalus 88 Scholarship $10,000
David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship $10,000
Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering
Wernher von Braun Scholarship $5,000
Liquid Propulsion Scholarship $2,500
Digital Avionics Scholarships
  • Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship
Space Transportation Scholarship $1,500
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship $1,250
Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship $500

Apply Here

Graduate Awards


Award Amount

Neil Armstrong Graduate Award $5,000
Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award (x2) $5,000
Luis de Florez Graduate Award $3,500
Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award $2,500
John Leland Atwood Graduate Award $1,250
Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award $1,250
Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award $1,000
William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award

Apply Here


  • Judging is done by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee of the Student Activities Committee
  • All decisions made by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee are final
  • If the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee determines there is not a qualified applicant for a particular year, the scholarship will not be awarded


  • Online applications must be submitted by 31 January
  • All transcripts must be received by 31 January

    There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!