The ISTAT Foundation is actively engaged in helping young people develop careers in aviation by offering scholarships typically up to $10,000 to college-level students who are academically qualified and in need of financial support. The program is administered by the Scholarship Committee of the ISTAT Foundation Board of Trustees in conjunction with accredited universities who recommend qualified students.Click here to access the ISTAT Scholarship Program Overview.
Applications: The committee is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 ISTAT Scholarship Program. Please visit our website in the first quarter of 2018 for more information on next year's program.
Qualified institutions are invited to submit one (1) candidate (unless requested otherwise) for consideration on an annual basis. For qualified institutions that have more than one aviation-related course/program, the university can submit one candidate per course/program.
Completion of at least two years of undergraduate (bachelors) studies or be enrolled in graduate (masters) or post graduate (doctoral) studies;
Students must hold an academic ranking within the top 25% (75 - 100%) (United States Grade Point Average requirement: 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale);
Need of financial support for university tuition-only fees. The student’s financial need must be noted in the financial aid section and personal statement;
Enrolled in one of the following programs: aviation finance, aviation law, aeronautical engineering, aviation management, aeronautical science, aviation computer science, aviation maintenance, airport management, air traffic control, or related field. At this time, we are not accepting applications from flight/pilot candidates;
Commitment to a career in aviation;
Involvement in extra-curricular/community activities indicating leadership qualities.
In addition to ISTAT Scholarships, the ISTAT Foundation grants special scholarship awards to specific universities as requested by the individual donors; so-called Named Scholarships. Certain Named Scholarship funds include donations that were matched by ISTAT.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to two students annually; one (1) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and one (1) from Purdue University.
Jon Batchelor Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to two students at universities in Florida, USA annually.
Michael Metcalf Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to one Broward College student annually.
Hafthor Hafsteinsson Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to one student at a universityoutside of the USA studying aviation management, aviation economics, aviation law or equipment finance.
Gilbert W. Speed Memorial Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to one student annually.
Joseph Nadol Memorial Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to one student with a concentration in aviation research and/or finance annually.
GECAS Africa Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to African students at an African university annually.
Norman C.T. Liu Greater China Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to 17 students at three universities in Greater China annually.
ISTAT Foundation/Omni Air International Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to one Oklahoma State University annually.
ISTAT Foundation/Diane K. Ballweg Scholarship Award
This scholarship is awarded to four Lewis University students annually.
2017 Scholarship Recipients Will Be Announced Before 1 July, 2017.
Scholarship Program Committee
The 2017 Scholarship Committee is comprised of Andy LaStella (Chairman), Julian Balaam, Kristen Chmielewski, Peter Huijbers, Mohamed El-Boraï, Amy Li, Satoru Ohki, Murrae Ross-Eskell, Betsy Snyder, Mark Streeter, and Konrad Walters.