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Who is eligible for a cycle one NGPA Education Fund scholarship?

Applicants must be:
1)  pursuing a career as a professional pilot;
2)  either accepted at or currently:
      a)  enrolled in an accredited college or university with an aviation related curriculum (aerospace,  aerodynamics, engineering, airport management, etc.) in pursuit of a degree leading to a career as a professional pilot; OR;
      b)  undergoing a course of study in a recognized professional pilot aviation training program in an institution of higher learning, aviation technical school, or government approved flight school.
It is not necessary to be a citizen of the U.S. or to be attending training in the U.S. to apply.
Cycle 1 scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for the basic Private Pilot Certificate; they must be applied towards advanced fight training at a government certified flight school or to college tuition if enrolled in an accredited aviation degree program.
Application window for Cycle 1 scholarships are generally January-April 15th each year. Please reference the application for specific year deadlines. 2017 NGPA Cycle 1 scholarship window is currently OPEN.

In 2017, during cycle 2, the NGPA is providing its first private pilot scholarship. This $5K scholarship will be awarded to one person with the minimum flight experience of their solo flight. Please click on the application for more details. 

How will recipients be selected?

Each candidate must submit a formal application on or before the annual April 16th deadline. The application documents the candidate’s prior academic record and work experience, financial need, extra curricular activities, and/or community activities/honors/awards, etc., along with supporting references and a letter of recommendation.
We also require the applicant to submit two short essays: one clearly outlining his/her career objectives, and the second documenting the applicant’s service in contributing to the LGBT community in some positive way.
After the applications have been received, they are reviewed by a volunteer selection committee whose members independently rank the candidates using an appraisal form that addresses a set of selection criteria. This form provides a blueprint for evaluating and ranking a candidate in an objective and rational fashion based on selection criteria obtained from the application. Completed appraisal forms are then forwarded to the Education Committee chair who then collates the scores and makes the final award recommendation to the NGPA-EF Board of Directors.

How do I get an application?

Applications are available when an active cycle is open. The normal cycle time frame is January-April for the NGPA Education Fund Scholarships which are supported directly by our membership and fundraising efforts through gifts and auctions. Our second cycle is typically May-August, and will consist of our corporate sponsored or named scholarships. Please check our Facebook and website for up to date information on application deadlines, and a link to an active scholarship application.

Will a scholarship be awarded on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation?

No. But the applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the LGBT community. This can be accomplished in a number of ways including volunteer work for an AIDS organization; participation in groups that support LGBT rights, such as the American Civil Liberties Union; participation in local LGBT organizations; or participation in organizations that otherwise support the LGBT community, such as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The strength of the applicant’s commitment to supporting and bettering the LGBT community is one of the criteria established by the NGPA Education Fund, however, the scholarship will be awarded regardless of race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or other groups protected by non-discrimination laws.

How will the awards be administered?

Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution or flight school, to offset the cost of the recipient’s tuition or training. 
Awards are based on U.S. Dollar amounts. Non-U.S. applicants will need to consider the exchange rate as to determine actual value of any award, if applicable.
Every year, the NGPA Education Fund, during the annual board meeting, determines the amount to be awarded for the next year based on that year's incoming donations and endowment funding. The scholarship details are usually available late January and can be found on our social media and website.

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