Morrey Plotkin Scholarship

The Morrey Plotkin Scholarship Program is funded by his loving family and administered by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation.  Morrey Plotkin was the Founder of the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center and a lifelong supporter of volunteerism and community organizations.  During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and retired with the rank of major. He earned his commercial pilot’s license while working for the Civil Aeronautics Authority, precursor of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and developed a lifelong love of aviation.  He spent much of his professional career on the corporate staff of the Northrop Corporation, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020 (Extended)

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 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.

Download a copy of the instructions below:
Morrey Plotkin Scholarship instructions (pdf format)

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 mail the following materials to the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center Scholarship Committee.

  • 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 postmarked by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and received by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Download an application form below:
Morrey Plotkin Scholarship Application for 2020 (pdf format)

Send completed applications to the address below. DO NOT email or FAX your applications

Flight Path Museum and Learning Center
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 90234
Los Angeles, CA 90009-0234

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