NATA is dedicated to promoting safety, professionalism, education and training as a means for individuals to advance their careers. The NATA Business Scholarship is to be used for continuing education for employees of NATA member companies. All applicable studies should be directly related to furthering the skills applicable to working at an FBO, charter company maintenance facility or flight school.

Applicable training includes any aviation maintenance program under the aegis of Part 147 or 65; any pilot certificate or rating under Part 61 or 141; and any aviation-related two-year, four-year or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university.

Eligibility

Applicants of the NATA Business Scholarship must be:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be nominated and endorsed by a representative of a Regular or Associate Member Company of the NATA.
  • Possess a Student Pilot Certificate (or higher), with a third-class medical certificate, if applying for pilot certificates or ratings.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to general aviation.

Awards

The NATA Business Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is to be used for continuing education for employees of NATA member companies.

Application

Interested students must complete an application and submit it along with the following required documents NO LATER than the last Friday in December.

  • Two (2) or more letters of recommendation
  • A 500-word maximum essay on career goals in general aviation
  • Those in flight training should provide a progress report

All information received becomes the property of NATF, is considered confidential, and is reviewed only by the screening committee and NATF officials.

Recipient Notification

Recipients will be notified in writing by the end of April and all other applicants will be notified in writing by mid-May. Our scholarship recipients are announced to the public in issues of general aviation publications, such as our Aviation Business Journal and also featured on our website.

Payment of Scholarships

The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship checks will be made payable jointly to the recipient and their college/university (and must be endorsed by both). The scholarship checks will be mailed to each recipient's address stipulated on the scholarship acknowledgement form.

Obligations

Recipients are required to supply copies of pertinent records and to notify NATF of any changes of address, school enrollment or other relevant information. Except as described here, no obligation is assumed by NATF, members of its scholarship selection committee or the National Air Transportation Association. Tax liability, if any, will be the sole responsibility of the recipient.

Revisions

NATF reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship and to make changes at any time, including termination, of the scholarship program. Previously approved scholarships will not be affected by subsequent changes to the program.

Additional Information

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be emailed to safety1st@nata.aero