Education can be expensive. Scholarships, awards and bursaries can help offset those costs, helping to relieve some of the burden. Whether you are a senior in high school, already a post-secondary aviation student or pursuing your flight training on your own, there are scholarship and bursary opportunities available. Below are links to various scholarships, school awards and financial aid sites.
LIFT Scholarship - Presented by WWFC
The LIFT Scholarship was created to assist student pilots. Training to be a pilot is costly and most aviation students are not eligible for OSAP, or other financial support. In 2017, WWFC established the WWFC Golf Tournament to raise funds for student pilot scholarships. The tournament raised $4,000, which was then matched by the WWFC Board of Directors to provide a total of $8,000 for student scholarships. LIFT was chosen as the name for the scholarship because it is a familiar aviation term, as well as a perfect representation of what the scholarship sets out to do – give student pilots a lift in their flight training both in terms of financial assistance, as well as confidence.
Post-secondary Applicants and Current UW or CC Aviation Students
High school students applying to either the Conestoga College Aviation General Arts & Science or to one of the University of Waterloo Aviation programs can apply for entrance scholarships through the respective schools.
Students currently in either of these post-secondary programs can browse through the many scholarship and bursary opportunities on the school's website.
Aviation Industry Awards & Scholarships
The aviation industry is known for supporting the initiatives and accomplishments of student pilots and pilots looking to advance their training. Many organizations offer scholarships and bursaries towards these efforts.
Three prominent organizations that offer scholarship opportunities are:
The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots offers many scholarship opportunities.