Howard Drollinger Scholarship

The Howard Drollinger Scholarship Program is funded by his loving family and administered by the Flight Path Museum & Learning Center to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation. As a World War II Army Air Corps navigator serving in the 15th Army Air Force, Howard Drollinger flew 50 successful combat missions over Italy and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, four air medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation. A proud University of Southern California (USC) graduate, he became a real estate developer in Westchester, a fledgling community just north of what would become Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). He was a cornerstone of the community and provided financial support to a variety of local organizations including Flight Path Museum & Learning Center. Mr. Drollinger received the first Honorary Service Award from the Flight Path Museum. . 

Deadline: Extended June 1, 2021

Scholarship Award:
A $2,500 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 $2,500 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 program with a tuition refund, the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center will receive the refund.

Scholarship recipients from previous years are eligible to reapply.

All applicants must:
  • Be eligible to apply for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college,
    university, technical school, etc.) leading to a degree or certificate in aviation, aerospace, aeronautics or physical science studies that relate to aviation and plan on attending school no later than the next academic school year.
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident.
  • Reside in Southern California.
  • Have demonstrated or expressed a genuine interest in a career in aviation, aerospace or aeronautics. For example, membership in aviation explorer scouts, member of an aviation or aerospace club, attendance at an aviation or space camp, extra-curricular aviation, robotics or engineering activities, a student membership in a professional engineering society, 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.

    • Howard Drollinger 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:
    Howard Drollinger Scholarship Application (pdf format)

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

    Subject Line: Howard Drollinger 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)