Clay Lacy Scholarship

The Clay Lacy Scholarship Program, is funded by Mr. Clay Lacy, and administered by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation.

Clay Lacy is an aviation legend – one of the nation’s most highly accomplished and respected aviators.  His professional piloting abilities include: United Airlines Captain, military aviator, experimental test pilot, air race champion, aviation record setter, aerial cinematographer, entrepreneur, founder and president of Clay Lacy Aviation, and the unchallenged holder of the highest number of flight hours of any active pilot. To learn more about Clay Lacy, visit

Deadline: Extended June 1, 2021

Scholarship Award:
A $5000 scholarship will be presented to the most qualified applicant.  The award may be used for payment of tuition, books, fees, pilot ground and flight training and other educational expenses.

The award of $5000 will be sent directly to recipient’s choice of educational institution (i.e., community college, four year college, university, technical school, etc.).  If the awardee withdraws from the academic/training program with a tuition refund, the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center will receive the refund.

This scholarship may be renewable.  Scholarship recipients from previous years are eligible to reapply.

All applicants must:
  • Be enrolled or plan to be enrolled for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.) with a formal aviation curriculum leading to a certificate, license, or degree in aviation and plan on attending school no later than the next academic school year.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be a permanent legal resident of Southern California.
  • Have demonstrated or expressed a genuine interest in a career in aviation.  For example, membership in aviation explorer scouts, member of an aviation club, attendance at an aviation or space camp, extra-curricular aviation activities, a student membership in a professional aviation organization, etc.

Selection Criteria:

Selection will be based on:
  • The applicant’s Scholarship Entry Form and Essay.
  • Interest in the field of aviation, aerospace, aeronautics, or robotics and/or science as related to aviation.
  • Extra-curricular activities.
  • Recommendations of high school/college faculty.
  • Academic record.
  • Financial need will also be considered.

The top five (5) candidates may be called for an interview.
The successful candidate will be notified by letter and/or telephone.

    Application Process:
    All applicants must complete and email the following materials to the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center Scholarship Committee.

    • Clay Lacy Scholarship Entry Form with a 500-word essay, as described on the entry form.
    • Copy of applicant’s high school/college transcript of grades.
    • Letters of recommendation from two faculty members of the applicant’s high school, college, university, or technical school.

    Application and supporting documents must be emailed by June 1, 2021.

    Download an application form below, for best results use Adobe Acrobat to fill out the form:
    Clay Lacy Scholarship Application (pdf format)

    Email completed applications to the email address below. DO NOT postal mail or FAX your applications.

    Subject Line: Clay Lacy Scholarship

    For any questions please email: or contact us directly at the phone numbers below:

    Phone: (310) 331-1551 (R. E. Smith and Associates)
    Phone: (323) 588-2464 (Barbara Keller, Flight Path Learning Center)