Aviation Scholarships

The Flight Path Museum & Learning Center is happy to be able to offer five yearly scholarships for Southern California residents who wish to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.

For more information on these scholarships, please consult the scholarship descriptions.

 

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Scholarships awarded since 1995

The Anton Acherman Scholarship Program was created in memory of the 52-year Westchester resident and retired mechanical engineer. Mr. Acherman led a fascinating career in aerospace including working on the Atlas-Centaur rocket; the water system for Skylab, America’s first space station; and test equipment for the Space Simulation Laboratory at Boeing Satellite Systems. The scholarship is funded by family, friends, neighbors and local businesses.

Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020 (Extended)

Scholarship Award:
A $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 $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.

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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.

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/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.

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The Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr., Scholarship Program, is sponsored by the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center to encourage students to enter the field of aviation, aerospace or aeronautics. The scholarship is named in honor of Pete Conrad, NASA astronaut, commander of Apollo 12, and the third man to walk on the moon.

Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020 (Extended)

Scholarship Requirements:
A $2000 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 $2000 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.

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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: Friday, June 26, 2020 (Extended)

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.

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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.

Apply here