SciTech 2022 Diversity Scholars
2022 AIAA Scitech Forum Diversity Scholars

The mission of the AIAA Diversity Scholars Program is to provide opportunities for underrepresented university students who have an interest in or are pursuing a degree in aerospace to attend an AIAA forum or event, make connections, and form lifelong relationships with colleagues in industry, academia, and government. Funding preference will be given to females, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and underrepresented minorities.

2022 ASCEND Diversity Scholars


Upcoming Events
  2023 AIAA AVIATION Forum

12 JUNE - 16 JUNE 2023

Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

Applications Open 16 January – 16 March 2023

Applications Closed

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 Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in the AIAA Diversity Scholars program, student applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements below:

  • Must be studying at an accredited college/university in the 50 U.S. states or one of its dependent territories
  • Must be an undergraduate, masters, or Ph.D. student
  • If you previously attended an in-person event as a Diversity Scholar or as a participant in the International Student Conference, you are ineligible to apply
  • If applying to the ASCEND event, applicants who are younger than 21 years of age will need to be accompanied by a companion 21 years or old
 Application Process and Details

A completed application requires the following information from all applicants

  • Basic information about you
  • Your university and degree information
  • Gender identity
  • Racial or ethnic identification
  • Age
  • A resume or CV (optional, to help judges learn more about your background)
  • Answers to three short-answer essay questions

Applications take an average of 30 minutes to complete.

 Program Details

Students selected for an AIAA Diversity Scholarship will receive the following, covered by the Diversity Scholarship Program:

  • Roundtrip coach airfare 
  • Conference registration (includes access to all networking events)
  • Hotel room for the duration of the conference in host hotel
  • A customized schedule 
  • Special small-group meetings with aerospace industry leaders
  • The opportunity to make new friends that will last a lifetime

In 2023, all programs are scheduled to be in-person. In the event government actions around COVID-19 cause the cancellation of an AIAA Forum, or AIAA determines that the health and safety situation warrant the cancellation of a forum, activities will be transitioned to a virtual format and students will have the opportunity to participate as Diversity Scholars.

2022 AIAA SciTech Forum Diversity Scholars attend Plenary Session2022 AIAA SciTech Forum Diversity Scholars attend Plenary Session

2022 AIAA AVIATION Forum Diversity Scholars gather at a speed mentoring table2022 AIAA AVIATION Forum Diversity Scholars gather at a speed mentoring table

The Diversity Scholars Program is made possible by



Duha Bader 2022 Diversity Scholar

“The AIAA Diversity Scholars Program was truly a life-changing experience. I got to meet with multiple industry leaders and had the opportunity to listen to their journeys navigating the aerospace field as well as the projects they're working on. Their stories have inspired me to take a closer look at the projects I'm working on and realize the benefits it has on our aerospace community. The Diversity Scholars Program opens up the doors of networking and opportunity and the connections made are definitely ones that will last a lifetime. -Duha Bader, 2022 Diversity Scholar ”

–Duha Bader

Judy Park 2021 Diversity Scholar

“ASCEND 2021 is a tremendous technical and professional development opportunity I could never financially afford. Diversity Scholarship will provide me with an unprecedented platform to network with leaders in Aerospace and find career opportunities as an international student and a woman of color.”

–Judy Park


AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher with 2022 AIAA SciTech Diversity Scholars