Scholarship Details

Below is a brief summary of each of the scholarship programs offered by the AAAE Foundation.  Complete scholarship details, including eligibility requirements and the application process, are included in the downloadable program brochures.

The 2019 application period will begin on November 30, 2018, when updated applications are posted (2018 applications are available for informational purposes below). All applications must be received or postmarked by February 28, 2019 for consideration, except for the Mario DiDomizio “Excellence in Education” Scholarship Incomplete applications will not be considered, so please follow the instructions carefully.

Please note that students may only be a recipient of one AAAE sponsored scholarship program. 

Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) Scholarship


Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply if they, their spouse, or one of their parents is an active Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) AND a member of their regional AAAE chapter. These individuals must be full-time employees of a public use airport at the time of application. The term “children” under the program means natural or legally-adopted children, stepchildren and legal wards supported wholly by the guardian who is an active A.A.E.  

Students must be enrolled in full-time education programs; except for active A.A.E.s who receive the scholarship for their personal use, who may be enrolled in part-time education programs. Scholarship recipients can be enrolled in any course of study.

The following selection criteria are used: academic records, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a personal statement.  

The number of awards and amounts varies by year and regional AAAE chapter.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) Endorsed Scholarship


Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply if they are a family member (such as a grandchild, niece or nephew) of an active A.A.E., Executive Emeritus, or Honorary Life member of AAAE, who is also a member of their regional AAAE chapter.  

Students must be enrolled in full-time education programs. Scholarship recipients can be enrolled in any course of study.

The following selection criteria are used: academic records, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a personal statement.  

The number of awards varies.  For 2018, each award will be $1,500.

The Endorsed Scholarship Program was established at the recommendation of the Accreditation Value Task Force in 2007 to provide opportunities for active A.A.E.s who do not or will not have dependents to endorse other family members (such as grandchildren, nieces and nephews) for scholarships. 

The Endorsed Scholarship Program is not intended to be used by active A.A.E.s with dependents that will apply for the A.A.E. Scholarship program in the future, or have already benefited from A.A.E. Scholarship Program awards.  Active A.A.E.s may not utilize both the A.A.E. and Endorsed Scholarship Programs.  A.A.E.s may endorse up to three students per year.  Recipients may only receive an Endorsed Scholarship Program award for a maximum of four years (do not have to be consecutive). 

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

AAAE Foundation Scholarship


Undergraduate students with a junior class standing or higher, or graduate students who are enrolled in an aviation program, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.  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. 

The AAAE Foundation will award up to ten $1,500 Foundation Scholarship awards in 2018.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

AAAE Native American Scholarship


Native American undergraduate students with a junior class standing or higher, or graduate students who are enrolled in an aviation program, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.  Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE. 

The following selection criteria are used: race, academic records, financial need, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal statement. 

The AAAE Foundation will award up to two $1,500 Native American Scholarship awards in 2018.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

AAAE Women in Aviation Scholarship


Female undergraduate students with a junior class standing or higher, or graduate students, who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Eligibility is unrelated to membership in AAAE.  

The following selection criteria are used: gender, academic records, financial need, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal statement. 

The AAAE Foundation will award two $5,000 Women in Aviation Scholarship awards in 2018; one general Women in Aviation Scholarship award and one Linda Hall Daschle Women in Aviation Scholarship award.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

The Oris W. Dunham, Jr. and Sylvia M. Dunham Scholarship


Undergraduate students enrolled in an aviation-related program at an accredited trade, technical or vocational school, college or university are eligible to apply.  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. 

The AAAE Foundation will award up to five (5) $1,500 Oris W. Dunham, Jr. and Sylvia M. Dunham Scholarship Program awards in 2018.
 
Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

The William Robert Hauptli Scholarship for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Individuals seeking an MBA or an Executive MBA from an accredited institution; or for certain Executive Education programs focusing on innovation and/or entrepreneurship at the following institutions: Harvard Business School; MIT Sloan School of Management; The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; Stanford Graduate School of Business; and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business may apply. Individuals must be AAAE members and employees of a public use airport at the time of application. 

The scholarship program is named in honor of William Robert Hauptli, who had a successful career in the nascent field of information technology, including the founding of two separate computer companies, Western Information Systems and Integration Systems Group.  He was also involved in a number of start-up companies throughout his career.

The following selection criteria are used:  academic records, work experience, AAAE membership status (extra consideration will be given to those individuals who have achieved the designation of Accredited Airport Executive – A.A.E.) and a personal statement addressing how this scholarship would benefit the individual, the airport where the individual is employed and the aviation industry.

One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.

Mario DiDomizio “Excellence in Education” Scholarship


Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply if they are the child of OR an employee of Dufry, Hudson Group, Nuance and World Duty Free in North America.  The employee must have been employed for at least one year as of December 1, 2017 to be eligible or for their child to be eligible.  

Scholarship recipients can be enrolled in any course of study.  Employees of may be enrolled in full or part-time coursework.  Children of employees must be enrolled in full-time coursework.

The term “child” under the program means dependent natural or legally-adopted children, stepchildren and legal wards supported wholly by the guardian who is an employee of The Company.

The following selection criteria are used: academic record, participation in school and community activities, work experience, an academic recommendation, and a statement of goals and aspirations.

$50,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to employees or children of employees in 2018. The number of awards and the amount of each award will be determined based on applications received.

Learn more by downloading the detailed scholarship program brochure and application below.