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 is now open. 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 per year. 


Download the 2019 AAAE Foundation Scholarship Program Details & Applications Booklet here, or select the individual program that interests you from below.

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 minimum award amount for 2019 will be $3,000. Awards may be larger based on the regional AAAE chapter that the active A.A.E. belongs to. 

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

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

Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply if they are endorsed by an active A.A.E., Executive Emeritus, or Honorary Life member of AAAE, who is also a member of their regional AAAE chapter.  Relation to the A.A.E. will not be considered in evaluating applications, though it is a required field on the application for informational purposes. 

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 Endorsed Scholarship Program award amount for 2019 is $3,000.  Up to 20 Endorsed by an A.A.E. Scholarships will be awarded. The program is competitive – applying will not guarantee that an award will be made, and only the top 20 applications will receive an award. 

Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.s) who have not, do not or will not have dependents to utilize the A.A.E. Scholarship may recommend up to three undergraduate students per year for the Endorsed by an A.A.E. Scholarship. 

The Endorsed Scholarship Program is not intended to be used by active A.A.E.s with dependents (as outlined in the A.A.E. Scholarship Program brochure) 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.
 
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 Foundation Scholarship awards in 2019. The minimum award amount will be $1,500. 

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 two Native American Scholarship awards in 2019. The minimum award amount will be $1,500.  

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 five (5) $5,000 Women in Aviation Scholarship awards in 2019:
  • Women in Aviation Scholarship
  • Linda Hall Daschle Women in Aviation Scholarship
  • Gina Adams Women in Aviation Scholarship
  • Trish Gilbert Women in Aviation Scholarship
  • Claudia B. Holliway Women in Aviation Scholarship

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 five Oris W. Dunham, Jr. and Sylvia M. Dunham Scholarship awards in 2019. The minimum award amount will be $1,500.
 
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 in 2019.

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 Hudson Group (across all departments and functions) in North America.  The employee must have been employed for at least one 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.

Stay tuned for more details in early 2019!