The aviation and aerospace industry is one of the most popular and sought-after sectors for a wide range of engineering and non-engineering employment positions. Aviation as a study and career path is only for individuals who are deeply interested in the subject. Choosing a profession in aviation or aerospace is not driven by a desire for financial gain or job stability. For many people, aviation is about accomplishing a lifetime goal of flying. They certainly enjoy the notion of working in an industry that defies gravity and enables individuals to literally put the wind beneath their wings, whether they’re in the flight deck, shivering on the tarmac as they struggle to clear ice from the wings of a tourist plane, or working in a hangar to restore huge jet engines. If you enjoy flying in any or all of its forms, an aviation career is always a good choice.
To encourage students to pursue a career in aviation, the National Air Transportation Foundation offers a fantastic financing program named the Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, which is worth $2,500 and is designed to be used only for first or primary flying training.
The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship was founded in honor and memory of Dan L. Meisinger Sr., who had a 63-year aviation career. He was the creator of Executive Beechcraft, based in Kansas City, Missouri, and was selected Man of the Year by Beech Aircraft twice. The goal of this fund is to give an annual flying training scholarship to a qualified candidate.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), founded in 1940, is a public policy organization that advocates the general aviation business community’s interests before Congress and federal, state, and local government agencies. Nearly 2,300 aviation companies are represented by NATA. NATA formed a second organization, the National Air Transportation Foundation, to help it fulfill its objective.NATF’s objective is to improve the quality of service offered to the public by supporting aviation businesses with staff education and training.
The brief information is given in the table below:
|Organization||National Air Transportation Foundation|
|Educational Level||College students|
|Subjects||Aviation/ Aerospace program|
|Number of Awards||1|
|Application Deadline||November 27, 2021|
|Application Fees||Not Required|
|Requirements-||the appraisal and endorsement form|
Who is Eligible?
Students that meet the required criteria are eligible to enroll in this program:
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- A college student who is presently enrolled in an aviation program
- An exceptional academic achiever with a “B” average or higher with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Recommendation by aviation professional.
- Direct applications are permissible, preference will be given to residents of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
- The scholarship is restricted to students studying Aviation/Aerospace.
How to Apply?
Prospective students are required to complete an application and submit it, together with the required documents, by the last Friday in November. Before commencing the application process, applicants must download the Appraisal and Endorsement Form. It is necessary to finish the online application. Applications that do not include the required documents listed on the application will be rejected.
The Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship for $2,500 is intended to be used exclusively for first or primary flight training.
The deadline for applications is November 27, 2021. Please submit your scholarship application by the last Friday in November.