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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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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
                 
    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

     


    Iridium Next Scholarship

    AIAA has been selected to administer a scholarship for Iridium Communications Inc. Submission Deadline is 31 Jan 2014

    Objective

    The Iridium NEXT Scholarship Fund will award scholarships of up to $10,000 to students who have demonstrated high standards of academic excellence in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with a focus on aerospace studies.

    The scholarship fund aims to help create a workforce that will further the mission of Iridium NEXT, a bold vision for a second-generation satellite constellation to expand Iridium’s capability to meet rapidly expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea, and in the sky.

     

    Full details available here.

     


    The Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement

    Through the annual Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement, the AIAA Foundation recognizes outstanding graduate students for their technical writing. Each award includes a trip to an international conference where the winner will participate in a competition against students from around the world.

     

    For more information on the Zarem Award or the AIAA Foundations's graduate and undergraduate scholarships, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or stephenb@aiaa.org.

     


    The Joseph Freitag Sr. Award

    Presented annually to an Industrial Engineering student graduating from the Daimler School

    AIAA administers the Joseph Freitag Sr. Award, recognizing outstanding students graduating from the Daimler School. The award was created by the friends and family of Joseph Freitag Sr.