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It's Time to Earn Your Wings!

March 1, 2018

(Pictured: 2016 YCF High School Aviation Scholarship winner Amelia Green)

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations, more commonly known as AOPA, is awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to young adults interested in earning their wings. Applications are now open, with a deadline of May 2, 2018 to apply.

The scholarships are intended to recognize and support prospective and certificated pilots of all ages.

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships are for high school students (15-18) interested in certification as a Sport, Private or Recreational pilot. Twenty $5,000 scholarships are available and AOPA membership is not required.
  • Primary Certification Scholarships can be used for an initial certification, such as a Sport, Private or Recreational pilot certification. These range from $2,500 to $7,500 and are available to students 16 and up. AOPA membership is required to apply.
  • Advanced Rating Scholarships are designed to support outstanding pilots with career aspirations. Applicants in this category must be seeking one of the following ratings or certificates: Instrument, Commercial, CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor), CFII (Certificated Flight Instructor – Instrument), or MEI (Multi-Engine – Instructor). These range from $3,000 to $10,000 and are available to students 17 and up. AOPA membership is required to apply.

Visit to get questions answered and to find application information.

The Demand is There

Earlier this year Boeing predicted that 637,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed by 2036. The 2017 outlook shows a slight increase of 3.2 percent for pilots over the 2016 outlook, and a slight decrease in the need for airline maintenance technicians (4.6 percent), primarily driven by the reduction in maintenance hours required on the 737 MAX.

In response to this demand, Charter College created Charter Aviation, which has partnered with flight schools throughout the country. The flight schools offer ground school and general flight instruction they need to be prepared to earn a variety of FAA 141 licenses while Charter College provides students with bachelor’s and associate degree fixed wing and rotor aviation programs.

“There is plenty of opportunity out there for great pilot jobs and we’re excited to be able to help so many people get the skills they need to earn them,” said Charter College Director of Aviation Kyle Beebe. “And AOPA’s scholarship program will go a long way toward helping a lot of people fulfill their dreams.”

Choose a Flight School Near You

Charter College Aviation’s partnerships include flight centers in Florida, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Washington with new centers being added on a regular basis. For a complete list, visit

Details on Charter College’s aviation program are available at or by calling 877-862-3484.