Scholarships and Internships

Blue Skies Over Dubuque Outstanding Senior Award

This award recognizes the aviation department's outstanding graduating senior who has been active in aviation activites while maintaining high academic achievement.  Thanks to the outstanding commitment and overwhelming generosity of Paul Kaune owner/operator of Blue Skies Over Dubuque, UD's primary maintenance provider.

David J. Dodds Memorial Aviation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to two aviation management or flight operations majors in their sophomore year who have demonstrated high academic achievement.  Scholarships are funded each year by an annual golf outing conducted by members of the Dodds family and the University.  David J. Dodds (C'74) was a pilot for Northwest Airlines and was killed in a commercial plane accident in Detroit, Michigan in 1987. 

J. Andrew Bestor Prize for Aviation

J. Andrew Bestor graduated from UD in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management and flight operations.  He served as a commercial pilot for World Airways prior to his sudden death in 1995.  In his memory, Gail A. Facini established this prize to assist aviation students associated with the UD Flight Team. 

Scott Blackmon Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Scott Blackmon (C'84).  Scott was an aviation major who was killed in a small plane crash in 1987.  The scholarship was established by his wife, Laura, and is awarded to a junior or senior in the aviation field who is judged by the UD flight instructors to be the best flight student.

Rebholz Aviation Scholarship

This is a scholarship donated by the former chair of the aviation department, Ted Rebholz, and his wife Nan.  The recipient of this scholarship must be a fulltime student, an aviation major with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership ability and involvement in co-curricular activities.

Welu Printing Company Scholarship

The Welu Printing Company Scholarship is awarded to students who are in their junior year or entering their senior year and have maintained a high academic average and are pursuing a degree in flight operations. 

Captain A.J. Metelak Endowed Scholarship

The Captain A.J. Metelak Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a flight major of junior standing to assist them in accomplishing their dream of flight and becoming a commercial airline pilot.  The recipient must be a member of the Flight Team with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a strong conviction of determination and success. 

The Gordon Kibby (NATA - North American Trainer Association) Scholarship

Gordon Kibby, an enthusiastic pilot, spent several years restoring a U.S. Navy SNJ5, which he then flew in airshows.  The proceeds from the sale of this aircraft were donated to the North American Trainer Association (NATA) for student pilots.  This scholarship is awarded to flight majors who maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are U.S. citizens. 

Grant Vogt Flight Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Grant Vogt, a student who died from injuries resulting from a flight training accident near Cassville, WI in the fall of 2008.  The recipient must be a full-time flight student who demonstrates great character as well as high academic achievement. 

Brown Aviation Lease Scholarship

The Brown Aviation Lease Scholarship was established by Brown Aviation Lease of Boston, MA in order to provide financial support for promising student-aviators.  Brown's connection to the University comes through the leasing of training aircraft to the University that will enhance educational opportunities for student-aviators.  Following a visit to Dubuque by one of the principals of the company, an orientation to the educational program at the UD Flight Operations Center, and the opportunity to meet UD students, the company responded by establishing these annual scholarships.  Recipients are student-aviators who are leaders in the aviation department, show outstanding potential as professional aviators, are highly involved in campus student organizations, and are on the Dean's List. 

S & D Aviation Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by Steven Accinelli and Doug Brotherton and is awarded to a UD student who demonstrates leadership and great potential to serve in the aviation industry.  Steven Accinelli is the current Director of the flight program and Chair of the aviation department.  Doug Brotherton is a member of the Dubuque Airport Commission.

Local Internships

Cottingham & Butler, Inc. (Flight) 
Great Lakes/United Express Skyways (Flight and Management) 
Dane County Regional Airport (Management) 
Dubuque Regional Airport (Management) 
Metropolitan Airports Commission (MN) (Management) 
Quad Cities International Airport (Management) 

National Internships

Crow Executive Air (Flight) 
American Airlines (Flight and Management) 
Delta Airlines (Flight and Management) 

National Scholarships

AAAE Scholarship 
ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Scholarship
ADMA Scholarship Program 
Air Traffic Control Association 
Airbus Leadership Grant 
Alpha Eta Rho Scholarship 
AOPA Air Safety Foundation/Donald Burnside Memorial Foundation 
AOPA Air Safety Foundation/McAllister Memorial 
Aviation Council of Pennsylvania Scholarship 
Aviation Insurance Association 
Boeing Company Career Enhancement 
Candi Chamberlain Kubeck Memorial Scholarship 
Chuck Peacock Honorary Scholarship 
EAA Aviation Achievement 
Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship 
Florenza De Banardi Merit Award 
Harold S. Wood Scholarship 
Herbert L. Cox Memorial 
Jim Cook Honorary Scholarship 
John E. Godwin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund 
National Business Aviation Association 
Pioneers of Flight Scholarship 
Raytheon BE90 Initial Training Scholarship 
Richard Lee Vernon Aviation Scholarship 
SimuFlite Advanced Flight Crew Training 
Teledyne Continental Aviation Excellence Scholarship 
Women in Aviation, Int'l Achievement Awards 
UAA - University Aviation Association (Flight and Management) 

National Scholarship Criteria and Deadlines 

The primary purpose of the ACI-NA Commissioners Committee Scholarship is to provide financial support to students working toward a career in airport management or airport administration. As many as three annual scholarships may be awarded in amounts of up to $3,000 per recipient. Previous scholarship recipients may reapply for the annual scholarship. Applications must be complete and postmarked by December 15 of each year. 

To be eligible, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be officially enrolled in an accredited college or university (UAA institutional member) in an undergraduate program focused on a career in airport management. Undergraduate applicants from other programs/majors will be considered, if the applicant's goal of a career in airport management can be demonstrated through work experience or the personal essay.
  • Must reside and attend school in the U.S., Canada, Saipan, USVI or Guam.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at time of application.
  • If an applicant intends on applying scholarship funds to a graduate program, proof of acceptance to the graduate school and intention to study airport management/operations courses must also be provided.

Contact: Dr. Patrick Mattson, c/o SCSU Aviation Department, St. Cloud State University, 720 Fourth Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498, prmattson@stcloudstate.edu.

Website: http://www.aci-na.org/content/aci-na-scholarships


The ADMA Scholarship Fund was established to provide assistance to students pursuing careers in the aviation field. Those enrolled in an accredited aviation program may be eligible. The three ADMA International Scholarships are $2,000 for aviation management, $2,000 for professional pilot, and $2,000 for A&P mechanic. Applications may be obtained by e-mailing adma@fernley.com, at the Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association or faxing a request to 215.963.9784. Applications and more information are also available from the ADMA Website. The deadline is March 15 of each year.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • In order to be considered for the Bachelor of Science in aviation management or professional pilot scholarship programs, one must be a third- or fourth-year student enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited institution.
  • To apply for the A&P mechanic scholarship, one must be a second-year student enrolled in an A&P program at a two-year accredited institution.
  • Applicant must possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • Must submit two letters of reference as well as an approximately 500-word essay describing their desire to pursue a career in the aviation field.

Contact: ADMA, 1900 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215.564.3484, adma@fernley.com

Website: http://www.adma.org/aviation_scholarship.html


Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to promising students who are enrolled in programs leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in aviation-related courses of study and to full-time employees engaged in advanced study to improve their skills in an air traffic control or aviation discipline.

Half- to full-time student candidate requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning to continue the following year.
  • Coursework is related to his/her planned aviation-related career and leading to a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Attendance is equal to at least half-time (6 hours).
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed before graduation.
  • Application must be received by May 1 in the year applying.

Full-time employee candidate requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Engaged in full-time employment in an aviation-related field in the federal government, U.S. military service or industry.
  • Coursework designed to enhance employee's skill in an ATC or aviation discipline.
  • Application must be received by May 1 in the year applying.

The ATCA also maintains a separate fund from which educational scholarships are awarded to children of air traffic control specialists. The requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be the child of a person serving or having served as an air traffic control specialist, be it with the U.S. government, U.S. military or in a private facility in the United States.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning to continue the following year.
  • Attendance is equal to at least half-time (6 hours).
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed before graduation.
  • Course of study leads to a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Application must be received by May 1 in the year applying.

Contact: Air Traffic Control Association, James L. Crook, VP Operations, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Ste. 711, Arlington, VA 22207

Website: http://www.atca.org/ATCA-Scholarship


CAE SimuFlite's Scholarship program was created to promote business aviation as a career to young aviators. The program awards scholarships through the University Aviation Association (UAA), Women in Aviation International (WAI), and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP). For information and applications, see CAE SimuFlite's Website.


The Comm1 Aviation Scholarship Program offers scholarships intended to defray tuition or flight training expenses. The two awards are $1,000 each. All applications are due in September of each year.  Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • U.S. resident or enrolled in an aviation-related training institution located in the U.S.
  • An academic student and/or flight student.
  • Show an interest in pursuing a career in aviation.

Contact: Carol Dodds or Becky Barkley, Comm1 Radio Simulator, 111 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701, 888.333.2855 toll-free, cdodds@e-publishing.com


The Judith Resnick Scholarship is in memory of Judith Resnick, one of the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Challenger. The scholarship is awarded four times per year, on a quarterly basis, and is intended to provide women with support and assistance to advance their training in the aviation profession. The scholarship is to be used toward flight training with American Flyers. This scholarship is applicable only toward the certified instructor ratings (CFIA and CFII). 

To be eligible, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a woman and holder of a current second-class medical.
  • Have a private pilot license, instrument rating and a commercial license.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Maintain a 3.0 or better GPA in a college program or a graduate with the same.
  • Express a strong desire to advance in the aviation field.

Contact: Sherry Magno, 1900 S.W. 145th Ave., Davie, FL 33325, 954.473.0097, sherry@af.tv


The annual John E. Godwin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship award amount is $2,500 and is to be used for the express purpose of flight training for any pilot certificate and/or flight rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, at any NATA member company offering flight training under the aegis of Part 61, Part 141, or any future part of the Federal Air Regulations that may be enacted to govern flight training. Scholarship applications are due to the NATF on or before the last Friday in November each year. 

To be eligible, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be in active pursuit of training for their license and/or rating.
  • Accumulate a minimum of 15 dual or solo flight hours each calendar month.
  • Receive a logbook endorsement from the chief flight instructor certifying satisfactory achievement for each training-stage check.
  • Be nominated and endorsed by a representative of a Regular or Associate Member Company of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
  • Possess a student pilot certificate, or higher, with a third-class medical certificate and can qualify for a second-class medical certificate.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to general aviation.
  • While not a prerequisite, membership in good standing in the Civil Air Patrol will be favorably considered.

The annual Dan L. Meisinger, Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship amount is $2,500 and is to be used for the express purpose of initial or primary flight training. Scholarship applications are due to the NATF on or before the last Friday in November each year. 

To be eligible, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a college student currently enrolled in an aviation program.
  • Be a high academic achiever, with "B" or better average.
  • Be recommended by an aviation professional, although they may apply directly themselves.
  • Preferably be a resident of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois.

The two Pioneers of Flight Scholarships are $1,000 each for one year of full-time study. Awards are for undergraduate study only. 

To be eligible, scholarship applicants shall be college students in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application, intending to pursue full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university, and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation. Interested students must complete an application and submit it along with a complete transcript of grades, letter of recommendation, an essay on general aviation and a paper indicating career goals in general aviation. Scholarship applications are due to the NATF on or before the last Friday in December each year.

Contact: National Air Transportation Foundation, 4226 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302, 703.845.9000

Website: http://www.nata.aero/Scholarships/Pioneers-of-Flight-Scholarship-Program.aspx 


The Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship is to be used at any four-year university and can be applied to any major. The 20 grants are for $2,000 each. The deadline is March 15. 

To be eligible, an applicant or his/her parent/guardian must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Coast Guard as a Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Designated Naval Aircrewman.
  • Served on board a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in any capacity as a member of ship's company, assigned air wing or onboard staff.

Contact: Jim Carroll, P.O. Box 26626, San Diego, CA 92196-0626

Website: http://www.tailhook.net/Foundation%20Scholarship%20Info.html


Women in Aviation International offers various aviation scholarships ranging from $500 to over $30,000 per scholarship in such career fields as mechanics, engineers, management, pilots, aviation dispatcher licenses and internships. Information is posted on their Website in September each year. 

Contact: Kim Wheeler at wiaischolarship@yahoo.com 

Website: http://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm