Undergraduate 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

AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship: $10,000*
*This scholarship is made possible by donations from the Hewson Family Foundation and Lockheed Martin and is available to female students demonstrating financial need. Eligible high school seniors may apply if they have been accepted into a college or university to pursue a degree in:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Important Note! All materials for the AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship, including letters of recommendation, are due by 2359 hrs EST, 31 December. This follows a different timeline than other scholarships or awards

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
Space Transportation Scholarship: $1,500
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship: $1,250*
*Note: This scholarship is only available to female applicants only.
Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship: $500
*Note: This scholarship is only available to students studying at accredited institutions located within the geographic boundaries of the AIAA Rocky Mountain Professional Section.

Digital Avionics Scholarships

Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Denise Ponchak Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000*
*This scholarship is only available to non-US Students studying at a non-US University. Students from embargoed countries are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000

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Applications accepted from 1 October to 31 January

Graduate Awards

Scholarship Name & Award Amount

Abe M. Zarem Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement *
*This award is given to two students, one pursuing their studies in aeronautics and one pursuing their studies in astronautics
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): $7,000
Liquid Propulsion TC Graduate Award: $2,500
Luis de Florez Graduate Award: $3,500
Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award: $3,500
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)

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Applications accepted from 1 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 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.


  • Online application form opens at 1200 hrs EST, 1 October
  • Online applications must be submitted by 2359 hrs EST, 31 January
  • Letters of recommendation due by 2359 hrs EST, 14 February
  • All application materials must be present for an application to be considered complete.