Polar Air Aspiring Aviator scholarship

The Polar Air Aspiring Aviator Scholarship Program is funded by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide (PACW) and administered by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to pursue careers in aviation. The air cargo industry is fueled by roles from engineers to station managers, load masters to pilots and, of course, business strategists, finance and marketing experts, data architects and more. Through this scholarship Polar Air Cargo Worldwide encourages aspiring aviators pursue fields of their interest, with an aviation career as goal.  Making Connections is Polar’s purpose and its strength – connecting cargo with its destination, connecting with our customers to provide logistics solutions, and connecting with our teams around the world so together we can grow and succeed. Polar’s scholarship is about connecting the future workforce with meaningful careers in aviation. 

With unmatched on-time performance, Polar is the trusted choice for time-definite airport-to-airport scheduled air cargo service, and unparalleled ability for unique specialized transport.  Polar Air Cargo sets the standard with our modern, efficient, and flexible all-Boeing fleet. And, we never forget our impact on the world around us.  Sustainability is at our core at Polar; it’s a building block upon which our business has been based since the earliest days. From our internal commitment to less waste for a better future to our joint efforts with the industry to reduce the carbon footprint of air freight, conservation and caring for the environment is a focus for all of us.

Deadline:  Tuesday 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 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.

    Note:  Examples of programs of study which apply to the diverse fields of aviation, aerospace or aeronautics are: aircraft architecture; mechanical, civil, aeronautical, aerospace, electrical and electronics; airport management; physical sciences, avionics; airframe and power plant certificate; and air traffic control certificate.  Other programs leading to careers with both military and civilian organizations requiring these educational backgrounds are also included.


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.

  • 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 Tuesday,  June 1, 2021.

Download an application form below, for best results use Adobe Acrobat to fill out the form:
Polar Air Aspiring Aviator Scholarship (pdf format)

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

Subject Line: Polar Air Scholarship

For any questions please email: scholarship@flightpathlax.com 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 Museum & Learning Center)