AIAA Roger W. Kahn Scholarship

Written by Paul Wynns

AIAA is awarding up to four $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who enroll in an engineering major at a college or university!

The Roger W. Kahn Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Roger Kahn (1907–1962) and his passion for aviation and entertainment. Kahn spent the latter part of his career at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation as a test pilot and then managed the technical service and sales division. In the 1940s, Kahn was actively involved with the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (one of the predecessor organizations of AIAA) and later served as its vice president. Kahn also was an accomplished jazz musician as early as the 1920s, composing songs often featured in stage productions and early films, as well as leading numerous orchestras. He became a recording artist for some of the first record labels including Victor, Brunswick, and Columbia.

Scholarship also includes:

  • Complimentary airfare and hotel to attend the 2024 AIAA Awards Gala
  • A mentor from AIAA’s professional members to help guide the student to achieve a career in aerospace.

Applications for the AIAA Roger W. Kahn Scholarship open 1 September and close on 31 December at 2359 hrs ET.

Multiple awards worth


Application deadline


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a leading professional society for individuals in the fields of aerospace engineering and science. Founded in 1963 through the merger of the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930) and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (founded in 1932), AIAA was established to support the professional needs of those working in aerospace and ...

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Eligibility information

High School Senior