AAAE Foundation

AAAE offers the following scholarships through the AAAE Foundation. The scholarships are offered to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are attending accredited colleges or universities. The specific requirements for each scholarship are listed below.

A.A.E. Scholarship

Awards ranging from $900 to $4,000 are offered to Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.s), their spouses, and their children. Scholarship recipients can be enrolled in any course of study, and all eligible applicants receive scholarships so long as funds are available.  Accredited members are sent information on the program annually in early January and awards are made in July and December.  

AAAE Foundation Scholarship Endorsed By An A.A.E.

As recommended  by the Accreditation Value Task Force, the AAAE Foundation is offering scholarships that will be awarded to qualified college students who do not have to be a dependent of an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.).  The "Competitive Non-A.A.E. Scholarships" are for $1,000 each.  These additional grants were initiated as a way to broaden the eligibility of the scholarship program to a wider range of family members, such as grandchildren, and also provide opportunities for single active A.A.E.s who do not have dependents to recommend for scholarships.

The following selection criteria are used: the referring A.A.E. will earn points for the number of years he or she has been accredited; service to AAAE, such as serving on an association committee; the number of previous scholarships awarded to candidates recommended by this individual; and the relationship of the scholarship applicant to the referring A.A.E..  The student will earn points for his or her grade point average, school level and whether the student is enrolled in a bachelor degree or associate degree program.

Executive Emeritus, Honorary Life Members and dependents are eligible and will be based on the same criteria.  The ceiling for these awards is $4,000 and is based on financial need.

AAAE Foundation Scholarship

The AAAE Foundation grants ten $1,000 scholarships each year to a number of students with a junior class standing or higher, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE.

The following selection criteria are used: academic records, financial need, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal statement. A recommendation from the school is also required. Only one student from each school is eligible to participate. Multiple recommendations from the same institution will be returned.

Please contact the scholarship or financial aid office at the college you attend for more details regarding the college’s criteria and deadlines. 

AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans

The AAAE Foundation grants $1,000 each year to a number of Native American college or university students with a junior class standing or higher, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE and the program is funded by a grant from the estate of Pete Hill, A.A.E..

The following selection criteria are used: race, academic records, financial need, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal statement. A recommendation from the school is also required. Only one Native American student from each school is eligible to participate. Multiple recommendations from the same institution will be returned.

Please contact the scholarship or financial aid office at the college you attend for more details regarding the college’s criteria and deadlines.  

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Gunderson, Staff Vice President, Membership/Accreditation & Certification Programs at cindy.gunderson@aaae.org.

All applications are available in January and must be postmarked no later than March 31st.