Press Release

AAAE Foundation Increases Awards for 2016 by 38% to More Than $260,000

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2016

Alexandria, VA – The American Association of Airport Executives is pleased to announce that its educational Foundation has awarded $261,300 in scholarships for 2016, an increase of nearly 38 percent from $189,500 in giving in 2015. Since 2014, the AAAE Foundation has increased its giving by more than 67 percent.

Since 1989, the AAAE Foundation has provided nearly $4.25 million in scholarships to more than 2,700 students, making the organization one of the largest supporters of higher education assistance in the entire aviation industry.

“AAAE and the generous individuals and corporate partners who support the Foundation take great pride in helping students achieve their educational and career goals,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said. “These impressive and increasing scholarship totals show the value our members and partners place on investing in the next generation of leadership for our industry and our nation. They also illustrate AAAE's ongoing commitment to education and professional development.”

AAAE offers five types of scholarships through the AAAE Foundation to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are attending U.S. accredited colleges or universities. Eligible students include Accredited Airport Executive members of AAAE and their spouses or children; students sponsored by Accredited Airport Executive members of AAAE; students enrolled in aviation programs with a junior class standing or higher and a minimum GPA of 3.0; Native American college or university students enrolled in an aviation program with a junior class standing or higher and a minimum GPA of 3.0; and female college or university undergraduate students with a junior class standing or higher or graduate students who are enrolled in an aviation program and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Women in Aviation (outlined above) is a new program in 2016 and provided one scholarship worth $4,000 in its inaugural year. A full list of the specific scholarships and eligibility requirements is available online.

To make a contribution to the AAAE Foundation, visit the Foundation website or contact Jacky Sher Raker, Executive Vice President of Meetings, Membership, Marketing & Administration, at or (703) 575-2472.

A list of the 2016-2017 scholarship recipients is available here.

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,500-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Adam Snider
Director of Public Affairs