Scholarships & Awards

The mission of the Southern California Aviation Association is to harness the passion and dedication shared by established and aspiring aviation professionals, providing education, networking, mentoring, and scholarship programs in order to advance, connect and empower a safe and collaborative Southern California Aviation Community.

We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the future of business aviation in Southern California.

Current Opportunities

Thanks to our members and supporters, SCAA is proud to offer the following professional and educational opportunities to applicants whose focus is on aviation.

  • SCAA Wings Award - Looking for nomination letters for the Wings Award (send to debic@socalaviation.org)
    The SCAA Wings Award honors outstanding contribution to the aviation community. It promotes and supports excellence in aviation.
    Applications open: YES
    Applications due: ANYTIME
  • NEW! Universal Weather & Aviation FAA Dispatcher Training Scholarship

    The scholarship includes the following:
    • Access to the entire online portion of the FAA-Approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification course
    • Tuition for the Two-week classroom session in Houston, Texas
    • Course materials to include:
      • Textbooks (FAR/AIM and Gleim Aviation Weather Services)
      • E6B Flight Computer
      • Access to Gleim’s FAA ATP Test Prep site
December 31, 2018 is the enrollment deadline
Individuals have 1 year to complete the course form the date of enrollment
All applicants must reside in Southern California (San Diego to Santa Barbara)

Applications open
: YES
Applications due: October 26, 2018
  • NEW! CAE Gulfstream 450 / G550 Realcase Update Maintenance Scholarship
    Note: Training to be completed within 12 months of award.

    Description:

    After completion of this REALcase Update Type Course, the student should be able to:
    • Better understand the latest in-service difficulties and/or operational issues experienced by fleet operators and reported to the OEM.
    • Understand and apply the latest manufacturer’s documentation, recommendations and operational maintenance procedures.
    • Be, as applicable, acquainted with recent engine Service Bulletins, Service Information Letters, Enhancements/ Options, Services Advisories, etc. that occurred within the last 12 to 18 months and as pertaining to this engine.
    • Have increased technical understanding of the aircraft’s core systems (with additional emphasis on particular systems the client may wish to focus on).
    • Better understand and troubleshoot and/or isolate failures that occurred within the last 12-18 months, of specific systems or components in accordance with maintenance procedures and applicable documentation.
    Special Eligibility Requirements:
    • This is an aircraft type-specific training course and the attendee should possess a basic maintenance license or have equivalent prerequisite knowledge.

    • The course is conducted in English and attendees should have a good working knowledge of the language enabling them to speak, read, and write in this language.

    • Must Reside in Southern California

    • Be able to train at CAE's Dallas training facility

    Applications open:
    Now
    Applications due:
    November 5, 2018

  • CAE 525-Series Initial Flight Training Award
    Must meet requirements for ATP

    Applications open: Coming in 2019
    Applications due:

  • SCAA Spring Educational Scholarship Opportunities
    Open to Southern California residents currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited two-year college or four-year university who are studying aviation related curricula. Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have completed flight training through at least the private pilot “solo” phase or begun serious studies in another aviation discipline (e.g. aircraft maintenance or air traffic control).

    Applications open
    : Coming in 2019
    Applications due:


  • TruSimulation + Training CJ3 SIC Type Rating Award

    All applicants must reside in Southern California (San Diego to Santa Barbara)
    Applications open:
Coming in 2019
    Applications due:



    Click Here to Apply for Open Opportunities


Helpful hints to include in your essay:

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years
  • How this will personally effect you
  • Volunteering efforts
  • What is your passion for Corporate Aviation


Scholarship Policies, Rules and Regulations

 
Scholarship Policies
 
The Southern California Aviation Association’s (SCAA) mission is to support, promote and coalesce the community and industry as a vital and growing asset to the Southern California Region, balancing economic development with quality of life. SCAA has a voice at the local, state and regional levels, and is proactive and effective in supporting aviation on behalf of its members. SCAA encourages young people to become involved in aviation and provides scholarships to financially support keen students intending to pursue a career in aviation. SCAA also encourages aviation professionals to enhance their career by providing scholarships for advanced training and professional awards.  All scholarships are paid or provided are through funds or in kind contributions provided by private donors.
 
SCAA awards scholarships are based based on information submitted on SCAA’s application and are selected and awarded on a non-discriminatory manner by SCAA’s scholarship committee.  All applicants must reside in Southern California (Santa Barbara to San Diego) and must meet the specific additional eligibility requirements set forth under each scholarship.   
 
Limit of Scholarship Award Funding to Individual Students/Pilots
 
All scholarship funds (scholarships and training awards) may not exceed direct costs of the specific flight training in question and are paid directly (or provided in kind by) the flight school or training provider and cannot be redeemed for cash.
 
All scholarship financial commitments may be adjusted to ensure that total assistance is not used for any purposes other than the specific indicated training.
 
Scholarship/Award Acceptance & Terms
 
Acceptance of an individual award is an agreement to the terms and conditions of that award as well as all policies governing SCAA’s scholarships. Every award package (scholarships or in-kind training) is subject to audit.

SCAA reserves the right to adjust individual awards to ensure effective use of scholarship dollars and use for the intended training.
 
Scholarship recipients must maintain the applicable required minimum eligibility criteria during the entire scholarship period. Any scholarship recipient who fails to maintain the applicable required minimum eligibility criteria will automatically forfeit the scholarship. Appeal of scholarship termination requires a written notice of appeal to SCAA. All appeals are reviewed by the SCAA scholarship committee.
 
All programs, policies & procedures described are subject to change. All statements in this publication concerning requirements, dollar amounts, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice.


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