Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship

Written by Charlie Copeland

The ATCA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to outstanding aviation students and children of air traffic controllers. ATCA's wonderful candidates, exceptional winners, and generous scholarship partners and donors are the ones who make it happen.  The 2024 Scholarship will open for application submissions in March 2024, and will close on May 1, 2024. ATCA awards $75,000 worth of scholarships annually, and each scholarship recipient receives between $5,000 - $15,000. 

Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship - Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.

Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship - Students enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in an aviation-related course of study.

Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship - Full-time employees enrolled in advanced study programs to improve their skills in air traffic control or an aviation discipline.

The Buckingham Memorial Scholarships - Awarded to children of Air Traffic Controller Specialists who are US Citizens and enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Multiple awards worth

$5,000 - $15.000

Application deadline


The Air Traffic Control Association, Inc. (ATCA) is a professional organization that plays a pivotal role in the field of air traffic control and the broader air traffic management (ATM) sector. Founded in 1956, ATCA's mission is to advance the safety, security, efficiency, and technology of airspace systems worldwide through education, advocacy, and networking. Headquartered in Alexandria, ...

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Eligibility information

College & Graduate Students