The mission of the AIAA Diversity Scholars Program is to provide opportunities for underrepresented minority 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, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities, which include American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Mixed Race, or Asian.


 Diversity Scholars Program
 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
Upcoming Events
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     2024 AIAA AVIATION Forum/2024 ASCEND

    29 July – 2 August 2024

    Caesars Forum
    Las Vegas, NV


    Applications open 18 August 2023 – 29 February 2024 *Applications close at 2359 hrs ET USA on the deadline date

    Now Open

AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher speaks with SciTech Diversity Scholars. Orlando, FL, January 2024.AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher speaks with SciTech Diversity Scholars. Orlando, FL, January 2024.

AIAA SciTech Diversity Scholars speak with Corporate Partner, the Boeing Co. about opportunities for students. Orlando, Fl, January 2024AIAA SciTech Diversity Scholars speak with Corporate Partner, the Boeing Co. about opportunities for students. Orlando, Fl, January 2024

The Diversity Scholars Program is made possible by

 

SciTech 2024 Diversity Scholars

SciTech 2024 Diversity Scholars


Testimonials

Sabrina Nicacio Gomes, ASCEND 2023 Diversity Scholar

“Attending ASCEND gave me deep insight into the post-undergraduate options within the space industry. Whether that is graduate school or industry, I learned endless valuable advice and feel better prepared for the future!”

–Sabrina Nicacio Gomes, ASCEND 2023 Diversity Scholar

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

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AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher with 2022 AIAA SciTech Diversity Scholars