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AOPA Flight Training Scholarships are Now Available for 2020

Upper Limit is excited to spread the word that AOPA has over 100 scholarships available for student pilots and pilots to start or enhance their flying career!

Finding ways to finance flight training can be challenging, and one great resource is scholarships. In 2019, AOPA awarded more than 123 scholarships worth more than $1 million dollars.

And now, AOPA Flight Training Scholarship applications are being accepted for 2020.

For details, and to apply, <CLICK HERE>

Application Deadline for Priority Consideration: March 1, 2020

Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

The flight training scholarships offered by AOPA fall into one of four categories:

AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship

For: Eighty high school students, ages 15 – 18

Scholarship Value: $10,000

Recipients of this scholarship can use it, as part of the AOPA You Can Fly program, to cover direct flight training expenses in the pursuit of a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate. Recipients will be required to complete a flight training milestone, by either soloing or earning their certificate within one year for receiving the scholarship.

AOPA Teacher Flight Training Scholarship

For: Up to twenty school high school teachers

Scholarship Value: $10,000

Recipients of this scholarship must be AOPA members, be a full-time employee of a high school or school system, and use the AOPA High School Aviation Stem Curriculum to help teach science, technology, engineering or math. Recipients can use the scholarship, as part of the AOPA You Can Fly program, to cover direct flight training expenses in the pursuit of a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate.

AOPA Primary Flight Training Scholarship

For: Current AOPA Members over 16 by the application deadline

Scholarship Value: $2,500 – $7,500

Recipients can use the scholarship to cover training expenses in the pursuit of a sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate.

AOPA Advanced Rating Scholarship

For: Oustanding pilots with career aspirations

Scholarship Value: $3,000 – $10,000

Recipients must be AOPA members, and seeking one of the following ratings or certificates:

  • Instrument
  • Commercial
  • Certificated Flight Instructor
  • Certificated Flight Instructor-Instruments
  • Multiengine Instructor

Recipients can use the scholarship to cover training expenses in the pursuit of these ratings or certificates.

Again, for full details, and to apply, <CLICK HERE>.

Upper Limit Aviation strongly believes in building an inclusive and thriving aviation community and is proud to work with incredible organizations like AOPA to provide flight training. And though we are dedicated to helping our student pilots and pilots succeed, our dedication to pilots isn’t limited strictly to flight training; if you need any help finding, applying for or deciding which scholarships to apply for, or would like more information on how you can use your scholarship to get your certificate with Upper Limit Aviation, please call us at 801-596-7722, or email us [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to help you.

Get started with your flight training today!

If you would like more information, you can:

  • Call us at 801-596-7722

2018 Mid-Year Whirly-Girls Scholarship Opportunities Now Available

Upper Limit is excited to spread the word about five additional Whirly-Girls Scholarship Opportunities aimed at helping women build their careers in aviation!

Whirly-Girls International is continuing to provide amazing support for women in aviation, offering scholarship opportunities for both female fixed wing and rotor wing pilots, and the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund recently announced that they are opening the 2018 mid-year scholarship season. So, if you’re pursuing your career in aviation, and working through your fixed wing or rotor wing flight training with Upper Limit Aviation and our professional CFIs, these scholarships could be a fantastic chance for you to push your training and career to the next level. 5 deserving female aviators and Whirly-Girls members will be provided with the opportunity to “strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, or HAI HELI-EXPO.

Whirly-girls Scholarship application, for Mid-year Whirly-girls Scholarship opportunities in 2018

HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar

Rotorcraft Pro Media Network will be sending two Whirly-Girls to the 2-day HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar and Job fair, being held October 2018, in Las Vegas, NV. This seminar and job fair is great for lower time pilots or those in a transition phase of their career and provides an amazing opportunity for both learning and networking. The inside information gained here can give pilots a competitive edge when it comes to the helicopter industry hiring process.

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

CHC and Collective Magazine will each be providing a Whirly-Girl with an all-expenses-paid scholarship to the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas, TX in October. These scholarships cover the conference attendance fee, a 2-day HFACS course either directly before or after the summit, flight, accommodations, and meals. The conference, according to Whirly-Girls, is suited to more experienced pilots and those with a strong interest in safety, and is centered around “sharing education and best practices in aviation safety.

2019 HAI HELI-EXPO

The final scholarship is provided by the  Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund and Jean Tinsley’s estate, to commemorate “Jean’s love of meetings, also known as ‘hoverings,’.” The winner of this scholarship will be provided with an all-expenses-paid trip to the Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet and Annual meeting at the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, GA.

Robinson R22 helicopter at Upper Limit Aviation

Train in one of Upper Limit’s beautiful R22s!

In speaking about the opportunities, Whirly-Girls Vice President – Scholarships, Alison Martin said that in the helicopter industry, knowledge and networking are the keys to progressing in your career. “Without malice, women are still sometimes left on the outside of networking circles. Helping female aviators attend these conferences provides them with access to expertise and connections that may not be available in their current positions. This strengthens the talent pool of the entire industry and benefits everyone.

For more information on the mid-year Whirly-Girls Scholarship Opportunities, and to fill out an application, head over to the Whirly-Girls website. Keep in mind that you need to be a member of the Whirly-Girls to apply for these scholarships, and all applications are due by May 1, 2018.

Upper Limit Aviation strongly believes in helping build and advance the careers of female pilots, in both rotorcraft and fixed wing. And our dedication to female pilots isn’t limited strictly to flight training; if you need any help finding, applying for or deciding which scholarships to apply for, or would like more information on how you can use your scholarship to get your rotorcraft certificate with Upper Limit Aviation, please call us at 801-596-7722, or email us [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to help you.

Get started with your flight training today!

If you would like more information, you can:

  • Call us at 801-596-7722

Upper Limit Aviation and Whirly-Girls Are Helping Women Learn to Fly

Upper Limit and Whirly-Girls to committed to helping women start their career in aviation.

For any woman who’s always wanted to learn to fly helicopters, or who has spent years imagining an exciting career in aviation, now is the perfect time to start your flight training with Upper Limit Aviation. And that’s because the application season for the 2018 Whirly Girl scholarships has just opened! 19 deserving female aviators and potential aviators will be awarded flight training scholarships, which could make Upper Limit’s already affordable flight training even more affordable!

Whirly-girls Scholarship application

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund (or WGSF) is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization dedicated to sharing helicopter aviation with women, and helping female rotorcraft pilots receive the training they need to advance their careers. The Whirly-Girls themselves, an organization of female rotorcraft pilots nearly 2,000 strong, have been providing scholarships to deserving female aviators since 1974, with the many different scholarships in recent years valued at more than $175,000. Their goal is to open up aviation to women, as only 4% or so of all pilots are women. As their Vice President Alison Martin says, “Every female pilot owes it to herself to apply.”

One of Upper Limit Aviation's Robinson R22 Helicopters

Train in one of Upper Limit’s beautiful R22s!

There are a variety of aviation scholarships available this year, such as one for Advanced Mountain Flight Training (something Upper Limit excels at), the Thurn-Herr Annual Advanced Training Scholarship, a Robinson Helicopter Company R22/R44 Safety Course scholarship, and the Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-On Flight Training Scholarship, among many others.

You can apply for these scholarship simply by paying a $50 fee to join the Whirly-Girls, and heading over to the application page on their website. Applications for all of these scholarships will be accepted until October 1st, 2017. That means you have two weeks to submit an application that could potentially change your life. Upper Limit Aviation strongly believes in the advancement of female pilots, both rotorcraft and fixed wing, and encourages everyone reading this to share and apply this exciting opportunity with any woman who has always dreamed of flying. Our dedication to female pilots isn’t limited strictly to flight training; if you need any help applying or deciding which scholarship to apply for, or would like more information on how you can use your scholarship to get your rotorcraft certificate with Upper Limit Aviation, please call us at 801-596-7722, or email us [email protected] and we’d be thrilled to help you.

Winning one of these scholarships could mean the difference between landing a career as a helicopter pilot you’re passionate about, or continuing to dream about the career that could have been. So don’t wait to start or advance your helicopter flight training; change your future today!

The winners will be announced and the scholarships awarded in February 2018, at the Annual Whirly-Girls Awards Banquet at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Apply today, and contact us to find out more about the next steps toward earning your initial certification or earning advanced rotorcraft ratings. We hope to see you on the stage accepting a scholarship next year!

Get started with your flight training today!

If you would like more information, you can:

  • Call us at 801-596-7722

Regional Airline Association’s 2017 Scholarships Now Available

The submission deadline for 2017 RAA Scholarships is May 1, 2017.

If you’re studying for a career in aviation with Upper Limit Aviation and eyeing the Captain’s chair, you may be interested to know that the RAA’s (Regional Airline Association) 2017 scholarship window is open, and the RAA says that they will be awarding four $4,000 aviation scholarships this summer. The money you can earn with this scholarship can fuel your flight training with ULA and put you miles closer to your end goal of the Captain’s chair.

Qualification Details for the 2017 RAA Scholarships

In order to qualify for the scholarship, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident and submit a completed electronic application no later than May 1, 2017. The RAA says they will not be accepting mailed applications, and will only consider digital applications submitted through their website. Applicants will also need to meet the following requirements:

  • At the time of application and award, applicants must be officially enrolled in an accredited college, in a program that is leading them toward a career in the airline industry.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and provide a transcript reflecting those grades through the previous academic year at either high school or a college.
  • A resume that details the applicant’s working experience, extracurricular, and/or community activities will need to be provided.
  • Applicants will need to submit a 350-word career essay describing their interest in the airline industry.
  • Applicants will need to provide a faculty recommendation.

Student pilots in flight sim cockpit - 2017 RAA Scholarships Now Available

The RAA says that the scholarships will be awarded “without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin.” Instead, they say the following criteria will be used for ranking the scholarship applicants:

  1. Demonstrated scholastic achievement.
  2. Demonstrated work experience, extracurricular and/or community activities.
  3. The strength of the applicant’s faculty recommendation.
  4. The strength of the applicant’s 350-word career essay.

Recipients of the scholarships will be announced on July 14, 2017, and all recipients will be asked for a headshot and short bio so they can be featured in Regional Horizons, the group’s quarterly publication.

For more information, and to apply for the 2017 RAA scholarships, click here to visit their website.

Upper Limit Aviation is proud to offer any and all assistance possible to our student pilots to help them earn these scholarships and achieve their goals of flight and commercial flight.

Featured Image: Kent Wien, CC2

Get started with your flight training today!

If you would like more information, you can:

  • Call us at 801-596-7722

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