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    Scholarships and Awards

    Financial Aid – Application Deadline Has Passed for 2015. The Scholarship Application System Will Reopen October 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

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    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

    Undergraduates


    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 $1,250
           
    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
           
    Neil Armstrong Graduate Award $5,000
       
    Luis de Florez Graduate Award $3,500
       
    Wernher von Braun Scholarship $5,000

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