Frequently Asked Questions
Please review these FAQs prior to contacting us!
Who is eligible for the aviation scholarship?
- You must be between the ages of 16-24 on April 25th of the scholarship year you are applying for
- You must not currently hold a Private Pilot Certificate- Airplane
- You must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident
- You must of good moral character (have no misdemeanor or felony convictions)
- You must be able to read, write, and speak English to FAA standards
- You must be able to obtain a FAA Third-Class Medical certificate (only requested if selected for scholarship)
- You must be able to complete training at nearest pilot training center within 6 months
What is the goal of the foundation?
We are a private foundation that awards a yearly aviation scholarship to financially support a deserving young person pursuing their Private Pilot Certificate.
What is the amount of the Aviation scholarship?
The minimum amount of the aviation scholarship is $1500 and the maximum amount is the entire cost of a private pilot course. The board and funding available determines this. In no case will the aviation scholarship be less than $1500.
How many RECIPIENTS are selected each year?
The Board will selected a minimum of 1 recipient. However, the board may choose to select more than 1 recipient. The board has sole discretion and funding available factors in to their decision. For example, the Board may decide to select 3 recipients, and at various amounts of scholarship money. In no case will the scholarship be less than $1500.
Why must the foundation approve the pilot training center that will conduct the actual flight training?
Your success as a student pilot is directly tied to the training you receive. To this end, the foundation seeks to ensure the local private pilot program you will be enrolled in will be adequate to provide safe, dependable, acceptable and effective training. Your safety and success is paramount.
What are the age requirements of this scholarship?
Applicant must be between 16 and 24 on 25 April of the scholarship year applied for.
What is a legal PERMANENT resident?
This person is also called a legal permanent resident, a green card holder, a permanent resident alien, a legal permanent resident alien (LPRA) and resident alien permit holder.
Why must you be English proficient?
This is a requirement mandated by the FAA to obtain a pilot certificate.
Why must you be able to obtain a FAA Third-Class medical certificate?
This is a requirement mandated by the FAA to obtain a pilot certificate. You can Strat flight training without a Third-Class Medical Certificate, but you need one to solo in an aircraft. Therefore, it is wise to obtain one prior to starting flight training.
Does the foundation pay for the FAA third class medical certificate?
Why must you commit to COMPLETING the private pilot training program within 6 months?
Learning to fly is about continuity. To this end, it’s vital that a time commitment be made and adhered to for the best chance of success.
Why must the flight training be accomplished at an approved local pilot training center?
First, when we say “local” we mean local to you. The main reason for this is to have you attend a flight training program, in YOUR local area or fairly close to you, that will take you on as a student pilot from start to finish. We seek to provide you with an opportunity that will benefit you in life.
If I am already studying to become a private pilot, am I eligible for this scholarship?
You are eligible if you are pursuing your license on your own, and not part of any college, university or aviation program at the time you apply. In addition, we do not provide loans for any college or university tuition, even if you are in an aviation program.
If I have obtained my private pilot license and am working on my instrument rating, can I still apply?
This scholarship applies only to obtaining a private pilot certificate. It does not apply to instrument ratings or any other aspect of flight training. This scholarship is not intended for individuals already enrolled in a university based flight program, which offers instruction in private pilot certification as part of the curriculum.
I will not be sixteen by the deadline, Can I still apply?
No, in order to eligible for the scholarship, you must be sixteen by the deadline.
I am not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident can I apply for the scholarship?
No, unfortunately only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible at this time.
I left a message with a request to have information about the scholarship mailed to me and I have not received anything in the mail?
We do not send any information about the scholarship by mail, ALL information about the scholarship can be found online.
Can you please mail me an application?
We regret that we are unable to mail applications. However, they are accessible online and can be downloaded to be completed off-line. Please check the website to find out when this year’s application will become available.
When do you accept applications?
The application is posted in September each year with the deadline being around mid January of the following year. Please bookmark the application page.
can I email my application in?
The application must be mailed in. Unless you are applying through a scholarship website we partner with, the application must be mailed in.
Do I need to send an official or unofficial transcript?
We will accept an unofficial transcript. Make sure it is sealed and has your school’s stamp on it. For those who are home-schooled, we will accept a transcript from the home-schooled parent.
I received three letters of reference, but you only ask for two. Should I still send all three?
If you have three, select the best two and send them in.
I applied for the scholarship and I never heard anything.
Only the selected recipients are notified. Recipients are notified by registered mail and/or telephone. If you are not notified, you were not selected.
I applied for the scholarship and was not a recipient. Is there any point in applying again?
Of course! We receive many worthy applications. Applicants are encouraged to reapply the following year. If there were areas that was lacking, improvements to those areas over the next year will help!
How do i get confirmation that you RECEIVED application?
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application.
Why does it take so long to see the names of the recipients on the website?
Recipients need to be contacted, and all necessary paperwork needs to be verified, prior to the posting of the name(s) on the website.
We collect no information on this website. All material submitted to The Lyons Aviation Foundation will become property of the Foundation. All material submitted will be destroyed after the scholarship is awarded.