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Private Pilot License (PPL) Ages: 16-25 /Instrument Rating Ages: Up to 25 years/Commercial Pilot Ages: 18 -25 /EAA Basic Air Academy summer camp Ages: 14-15 Scholarships: Deadlines: January 31, 2024

Updated: Jan 22

Note: All Applicants for the scholarships must reside in the California counties of El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter or Yolo


Please find a list of the various scholarships and application links below.


The 2024 Aerospace Museum of California (AMC) scholarship program is funded by the Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation and other generous donors. The program is administered through an AMC Board appointed scholarship committee. The scholarships will be awarded to deserving youth for flight training expenses.


Eligible Ages:  16 – 22 years, as of February 29, 2024

Applicants must reside in the California counties of El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, or Yolo

Deadline to apply

11:59pm on January 31, 2024, Pacific time


Please apply at the Direct Link for the application and requirements listed below.




EAA Basic Air Academy

Scholarship description and eligibility criteria

EAA Chapter 526 scholarships for two 14- or 15-year olds (as of June 28, 2024 ) to attend EAA Basic Air Academy summer camp June 28 - July 3, 2024, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Applicants must reside in Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, or Sacramento County. The scholarships cover full tuition, housing, and meals. Upon each scholarship awardee's return from Oshkosh and in-person presentation of his/her trip report, EAA Chapter 526 will reimburse up to $900 in round-trip air fare to either Green Bay or Appleton from Sacramento.


Deadline to apply

11:59pm on January 31, 2024, Pacific time

Please apply at the Direct Link for the application and requirements listed below.




Training for Commercial Pilot Certificate Scholarship

Scholarship description and eligibility criteria

Up to four scholarships for up to $12,500 each in training towards a commercial certificate will be awarded to qualified applicants as determined by the review board. These scholarships will be funded by the Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation.

Applicants must be 18 to 25 years old as of February 29, 2024, and must hold a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating. They must be within 40 flight hours of the FAA requirement for the commercial certificate prior to commencing training under this scholarship. Applicants must reside in the California counties of Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Amador, Sutter, or Sacramento.


Deadline to apply

11:59pm January 31, 2024, Pacific time

Please apply at the Direct Link for the application and requirements listed below.



Training for Instrument Rating Scholarship

Scholarship description and eligibility criteria

Up to five scholarships for up to $12,500 each in training towards an instrument rating will be awarded to qualified applicants as determined by the review board. These scholarships will primarily be funded by the Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation. One may be funded by Mach 5 Aviation.

Applicants must be no older than 25 years as of February 29, 2024. At the time of application they must hold a private pilot certificate. Unless enrolled in a Part 141 program, they must have 20 hours of pilot-in-command cross-country time prior to commencing training under this scholarship. Applicants must reside in the California counties of Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, or Sutter.


Deadline to apply

11:59pm January 31, 2024, Pacific time

Please apply at the Direct Link for the application and requirements listed below.




Training for Private Pilot Certificate

Scholarship description and eligibility criteria

Up to four scholarships ranging in value from about $3675 to $12,500 each will be awarded to qualified applicants as determined by the review board. These scholarships will be funded by Auburn Aviation Association (the Brigadier General C.E. "Bud" Anderson Scholarship), Auburn Chapter 526 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Ellsworth Hovey Getchell Foundation, and Mach 5 Aviation.

Applicants must be 16 to 25 years old as of February 29, 2024. Applicants must reside in the California counties of Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, or Sutter.


Deadline to apply

11:59pm January 31, 2024, Pacific time

Please apply at the Direct Link for the application and requirements listed below.


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