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AAAE Foundation - Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

The AAAE Foundation was found in 1962 for the advancement of education and the public understanding of airport and aviation issues. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded over $3.5 million to more than 2,200 individuals.

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The following scholarships are offered through the AAAE Foundation to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are attending accredited colleges or universities:

A.A.E. Scholarship  available to Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.s), their spouses and their children
AAAE Foundation Scholarship Endorsed By An A.A.E.  available to those A.A.E.s who do not have dependents to recommend but would like to endorse a wider range of family members, such as grandchildren, and for single active A.A.E.s who do not have dependents to recommend for scholarships
AAAE Foundation Scholarship  eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE
Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans  eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE

The AAAE Foundation is a Not-For-Profit IRS 501(C)(3) organization. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permissible under current tax laws.

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 in the US. 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.

NEW QUALIFICATION: In addition to the A.A.E. being an executive member at the national level, the A.A.E. ALSO MUST be a member of HIS or HER regional chapter. Click here to find information about your regional chapter.

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

As recommended by the Accreditation Value Task Force, the AAAE Foundation offers scholarships 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 with a maximum of $4,000 over four years. 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. Dependents of Executive Emeritus and Honorary Life Members are also eligible for these scholarships, which are awarded based on financial need. Accredited members are sent information on the program annually in early January and awards are made in July.

NEW QUALIFICATION: In addition to the A.A.E. being an executive member at the national level, the A.A.E. ALSO MUST be a member of HIS or HER regional chapter. Click here to find information about your regional chapter.

AAAE Foundation Scholarship

The AAAE Foundation grants five (5) $1,500, two (2) $1,000 and one (1) $500 scholarship(s) 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 of 3.0 or higher. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE. Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary registration and recognition at the AAAE Annual Conference & Exposition or the F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference.

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.

AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans

The AAAE Foundation grants a $1,000 scholarship 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 of 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.

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.


   "My son, Jacob, is a junior at the University of Memphis majoring in Management Information Systems. He has been a scholarship recipient in each of his three years. He has inquired as to where the money comes from, which allowed me to tell him that I make monthly contributions, as do many other aviation professionals. He has come to realize the importance of giving back after he graduates and establishes himself in his career."
--Scott A. Brockman, A.A.E., President & CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority

   "Our family is grateful for the opportunities afforded by the AAAE scholarship program. We are such strong supporters of the program that we have repaid the scholarship amounts received by Mimi and the girls."
--Tim Campbell, A.A.E., Retired

    "The A.A.E. scholarship program has been of great benefit to my family over the past eight years. Three students have attained two degrees with two more expected in the next year. With three of us taking classes at a time, the funds were very helpful. This is a great program and one of the benefits of becoming an A.A.E."
--Michael Clow, A.A.E.

    "The AAAE scholarship program has been a Godsend to my family and many, many others. Thanks to AAAE for bringing the gift of higher education to so many, and please know how much the Johnsons appreciate the generosity!"
--Kelly Johnson, A.A.E., Director, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority