Scholarships & Graduate Awards

To help support our future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation provides scholarships and graduate awards annually to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs.

In the past 20 years, the AIAA Foundation has provided over 1,300 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. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. To become a Student Member, click here.

Applicants may apply for up to three (3) scholarships or graduate awards. On the application form, you will indicate your primary award preference, along with two (2) secondary awards for which you would like to be considered. Please note that applicants with no demonstrated academic interest in the subject area of the award will not be considered, so please carefully select the awards that most closely correspond to your area of academic interest.


Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Name & Award Amount

Daedalus 88 Scholarship: $10,000*
*Note: Applicants should call out their entrepreneurial spirit by describing their leadership of a student-initiated, hands-on multidisciplinary aerospace engineering project.  Applicants must be willing to make a presentation, at a site that is mutually agreeable, on the student-led project in which they participated.
David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship: $10,000
Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering: $5,000
Wernher von Braun Scholarship: $5,000
Liquid Propulsion Scholarship: $2,500

Digital Avionics Scholarships
Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000

Space Transportation Scholarship: $1,500
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship: $1,250*
*Note: This scholarship is available to female applicants only.
Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship: $500

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Graduate Awards

Scholarship Name & 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 (x2):  $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:  $1,500 ($1,000 award, plus $500 stipend, to attend the AIAA AVIATION Forum)

Application Closed

Applications accepted from 01 October to 31 January

*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 (jredward@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Kara Peters (kjpeters@ncsu.edu).

Judging:

  • Judging for AIAA Foundation-sponsored awards and scholarships is done by the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee of the Student Activities Committee.
  • Judging for Section or Technical Committee-sponsored awards and scholarships is done by sponsoring Technical Committees or Sections
  • All decisions made by the scholarship selection committees are final.
  • If a selection committee determines there is not a qualified applicant for a particular year, the scholarship will not be awarded.
  • Plagiarism – any essay responses or collateral materials should be the original work of the applicant. Any portion of an application that is found to be plagiarized will disqualify the application from any further review.

Deadline:

  • Online application form opens at 12:00 p.m. EST, 1 October
  • Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, 31 January
  • All transcripts must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, 31 January