Aviation Exploring Scholarship

Written by Charlie Copeland

he National Aviation Exploring Committee awards scholarships annually ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to encourage Aviation Explorers to enter and complete an aviation curriculum. National Aviation Committee Members know that aviation offers a variety of exciting, well-paying careers, and that qualified and motivated Aviation Explorers should be given encouragement and assistance in choosing a career in aviation. Through the years, the National Aviation Exploring Committee has been a supporter of projects designed to promote aviation to young people. If scholarship funds are used for training in the avionics, pilot, maintenance, or management categories,  the flight training  must  be provided  by  the FAA Approved Part 141 and Part 61 school or through an accredited college or university in pursuit of a degree leading to an aviation profession. 

Applicant Eligibility 

  1. Applicant must be currently registered and active in an Aviation Explorer post.
  2. Applicant must obtain parent or guardian signature on the application if under 18 years of age.
  3. Applicant must provide a minimum of three recommendation letters from an aviation post advisor, aviation professional, teacher, employer, or community leaders. Recommendation letters should not come from family members.
  4. All scholarship funds must be used within 24 months of receiving the scholarship award.

Multiple awards worth


Application deadline


The National Aviation Exploring Committee operates within the framework of Exploring, a career exploration program under the Boy Scouts of America's Learning for Life initiative. This committee is specifically focused on introducing young people to careers in the aviation industry. Aviation Exploring is designed to provide youth aged 14-20 with hands-on experiences and exposure to various career ...

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Eligibility information

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be active and registered in an Aviation Explorer post. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

High School & College Students
Grade Level High School & College Students,Citizenship,US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other,Academic Interest Aviation/Aerospace