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The NGPA Education Fund

The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides educational assistance in the form of scholarships to students pursuing aviation careers as professional pilots, or to further their piloting skills, and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community.
NGPA-EF has awarded more than 70 awards totaling $300,000 since its inaugural grant in 1998. In 2016, twelve awards were issued in the first cycle.

Please check back in early 2018 for the next round of NGPA scholarships.

In May of 2017, NGPA opened its cycle 2 scholarships, which will consist of three (3), B737 type ratings, (3) $5K scholarships, and two (2), Tech Ops. Cycle 2 scholarships are supported by the support of airlines and aviation businesses. The requirements vary and will be specified once the application link is open. Check out our scholarships application page for more details. 

Current Scholarship Opportunities

The 2017 NGPA cycle 2 scholarship window is now OPEN.  The deadline to apply for Cycle 2 scholarships is August 1, 2017. 

Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible for a cycle one NGPA Education fund scholarship?
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Will a scholarship be awarded on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation?
How will the awards be administered?

Support our Scholarships

The cost of flight training is one of the most challenging barriers to entry for pilots with a tremendous amount of potential. Your donation makes a very real difference to a pilot by helping them become safer, more qualified members of the aviation community. All donations go directly to the scholarship fund and are awarded based on need and contribution to the LGBT community.

Named Scholarships

The NGPA Education Fund periodically names scholarships to honor the legacy of two of our members, David Charlebois and Steven Moore.
NGPA member David Charlebois was First Officer on American Airlines Flight 77 on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which crashed into the Pentagon. David was born in Morocco August 29, 1962. During his childhood, David lived with his family in Paris, France and Arlington, Va., and resided in Washington, D.C. at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Yorktown High School, Class of 1980. David attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Class of 1984. He worked as a corporate pilot for several companies in North Carolina, and then began his career as a commercial pilot in 1988, first with U.S. Air and then with American Airlines.
Steven Moore was Executive Director of the NGPA and NGPA Education Fund from 2012 to 2014. Steven brought forth leadership and vision for NGPA and laid the ground work for the success of what NGPA has become today. Steven demonstrated courage as an openly gay man and pilot, and embraced everyone for who they were. Steven was tragically taken from us in an airplane accident October 2014. We have over $50,000 in funds received and pledged gifts for the Steven Moore Scholarship.

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