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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
    Dr. Hassan A. Hassan Graduate Award in Aerospace Engineering*  $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

    *Applications for the Dr. Hassan A. Hassan Graduate Award will be processed via the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Aerospace Engineering program graduate school application.  Applications for this particular award will NOT be processed via the AIAA online scholarship database.  Applicants for the award are limited to NCSU Aerospace Engineering seniors who will pursue a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering at NCSU.  Additionally, applicants must be AIAA student members and US Citizens to be eligible for the award. For more specific information, please contact Dr. Jack Edwards ( or Dr. Kara Peters (

    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 11:59PM EST
    • All transcripts must be received by 31 January 11:59PM EST

      There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!