Chapter 179 Aviation Scholarships – 2024 Program

Albuquerque Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association awards scholarships annually to candidates pursuing aviation education including flight training, A&P certification, or other activities for applicants intent on entering an aviation-related occupation. Applicants must be 15 to 25 years of age and residents of New Mexico. The amount and number of grants are determined each year and contingent on available funding.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be 25 years of age or less and a resident of New Mexico.
  • Describe your interest in aviation and your future including your aviation goal(s), how much ($) you are requesting, specific justification for how it will be spent, any connections to EAA Chapter 179, any aviation experience and achievements, and how you will give back to the community after reaching your goals.
  • Provide a copy of an unofficial school transcript.
  • Provide at least one reference letter (no more than three) from someone other than a family member who is familiar with your motivation, ability, and potential regarding aviation.

An important criteria is the applicant’s commitment to pursuing aviation. An application that describes personal accomplishments or work-in-progress assist the committee selection. For example, for those with a goal of becoming a pilot, EAA offers a guide for attaining a pilot certificate (“Pilot Training Steps“); progress on such activities may demonstrate commitment. Scholarship funds are not to be used for general studies and school expenses.

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