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Aviation Educational Programs

Aviation education and awareness programs are happening throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, benefiting citizens of all ages. These programs may be structured, full-time activities such as as high school and post secondary aviation programs or one-time events such as airport open houses or Young Eagles days. 

Aviation education programs inform participants about the importance of aviation, open young minds to a much wider range of future career possibilities, and invite young and old to experience aviation excitement and fun.

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Aviation Education

Betty Wilson



The Virginia Department of Aviation offers scholarships to high school seniors planning a career in aviation.

Chad Weaver Scholarship

Through the Chad Weaver Scholarship, the Virginia Department of Aviation offers residents $1,000 to complete ground school, take flight lessons, or both. This scholarship is available to people seeking their private pilot’s license or their certified flight instructor’s (CFI) endorsement at a Virginia flight school. The Chad Weaver Scholarship may be used once for a private pilot’s license and once for a CFI endorsement.

Teacher Grants

The Virginia Aviation Teachers Grant program offers reimbursable grants up to $500 to Virginia K-12 teachers in any discipline as long as their lesson involves aviation.

Educational Partners

The Virginia Department of Aviation partners with special organizations that help support each other’s educational programs.

The Virginia Aviation Awards

The Virginia Aviation Awards recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to aviation in Virginia. Awards are presented for Airport Manager of the Year, Aviation Person of the Year, and Aviation Lifetime Achievement.

Virginia Art Contest

The Virginia Department of Aviation offers the Virginia Aviation Art contest for students. The contest has a different aviation theme each year and is open to young people ages 6-17. 

Virginia Photo Contest

The Virginia Aviation Photo Contest offers participants of all ages the opportunity to compete by submitting previously unpublished aviation photos taken in Virginia. The winning photos will be published in the annual Virginia aviation calendar and on DOAV’s website and social media sites.
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