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Aviation education and aviation awareness programs are going on throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for the benefit of citizens of all ages. They may be structured, full-time activities, such as high school and post secondary aviation programs, or one-time events such as airport open houses or Young Eagles days. Regardless of their format, these programs inform participants about the importance of aviation, open young minds to a much wider range of future career possibilities, and ultimately, invite young and old to experience the excitement and fun that aviation has always represented to our nation. 

Aviation Education Programs

Virginia Art Contest

The Virginia Department of Aviation operates an Aviation Art Contest for students.  The program, which has a different aviation theme each year, is open to young people ages 6-17.  

Learn more about the Virginia Aviation Art Contest.

Teachers Grants

The Virginia Aviation Teachers Grant Program offers reimbursement grants of up to $500.00 to Virginia K-12 teachers in any discipline as long as their lesson involves aviation.

Learn more about the Virginia Aviation Teachers Grant Program.


The Virginia Department of Aviation offers the Willard G. Plentl Sr.  Aviation Scholarship Program for a Virginia high school senior planning an aviation career.  In addition, the Department administers two Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC) scholarships: the John R. Lillard Scholarship and the Kenneth R. Scott Scholarship.

Photo Contest

The Virginia Aviation Photography Contest asks participants of all ages to submit previously unpublished aviation photos taken in Virginia within the last three (3) years to a contest with winners published in the annual Virginia Aviation Calendar and on the Department of Aviation's web and social media sites.


Commonwealth of Virginia schools offer training to prepare students for careers as an aircraft pilot, aviation maintenance technician, aviation manager, drone operator, air traffic controller and more.

Averett University
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Blue Ridge Community College
Hampton University
Liberty University
Old Dominion University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech