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Scholarship and Teacher Grant Programs Available

Each year the Virginia Department of Aviation puts together its scholarship and grant program for teachers and students. There are three types of student scholarships and one teachers' grant program available for this school year.

The Teachers Grant Program provides an opportunity for educators to get funding for teaching an aviation-related lesson. Educators for grades K-12 are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $500.00 to implement an aviation lesson plan for their class.  Teachers in any discipline may apply as long as the lesson involves aviation.

The scholarships provide opportunities for students to afford their dreams of working in the aviation industry. The Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship will reimburse $750.00 to Virginia residents for ground school and/ or flight training to become a private pilot or ground school and/or flight training to become a certified flight instructor (CFI) at a Virginia flight school. The Willard G. Plentl Aviation Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to a Virginia high school senior who is planning an aviation career in a non-engineering area. Examples of non-engineering aviation careers include (but are not limited to) pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, aviation managers, etc.

The Virginia Department of Aviation administers two Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC) scholarships for students that are going to study aviation after high school thanks to the John R. Lillard Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation). The two aviation scholarships available are the John R. Lillard and the Kenneth R. Scott. The Foundation distributes financial assistance to deserving students that are graduating from a public high school within the Commonwealth of Virginia and who are admitted to an institution of higher education in the field of aviation management and/or aviation sciences. Unless otherwise directed by the applicant, the Foundation will consider applicants for both the John R. Lillard and Kenneth R. Scott scholarships. The Foundation reserves the right to award a $3,000 scholarship to two separate applicants or combined both scholarships for a single applicant, at its sole discretion. Visit our website for more information on the Lillard/Scott Aviation Scholarship.

Be sure to click the links or visit our education page on the agency website to get more information about each program including requirements, application deadlines and access to the application forms.