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Scholarship Program

Helping young people develop careers in aviation by offering scholarships to college-level students who are academically qualified and in need of financial support.



The Scholarship Committee is no longer accepting applications for 2021.  The application for the ISTAT Foundation Scholarship is by invitation only and open to a select number of qualified universities.  Students must secure a nomination from the university they will be attending during the 2021-2022 academic year to apply for the Scholarship.  For more information on university qualification, the candidate eligibility criteria and nomination process, please view the FAQs below.  

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Qualified universities are invited to submit two candidates, unless requested otherwise, to apply for an ISTAT Foundation Scholarship on an annual basis.  If you are a university representative and would like more information about how your institution can become qualified to take part in the Scholarship Program, please complete this questionnaire.  Within five business days of submitting the questionnaire, the ISTAT Foundation HQ will email the university to confirm if they are eligible to submit candidates for the Scholarship Program.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least two years of undergraduate (bachelor's) studies or be enrolled in graduate (master's) or post graduate (doctoral) studies
  • Minimum United States Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement: 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale or global equivalent
  • Need financial support for university tuition-only fees. The student’s financial need must be noted in the financial aid section and personal statement
  • Commitment to a career in commercial aviation
  • Involvement in extra-curricular/community activities indicating leadership qualities.


  • Candidates must be 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

Congratulations to the 2020 ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Mr. Chase Filgrove, Broward College
Mr. Ahmed ElShafei, Cairo University
Mr. Ahmed Magdy, Cairo University
Mr. Owen Buchan, Cambridge University
Mr. Hugh Hudson, Cambridge University
Mr. Callum Tinsley, Cranfield University
Mr. Michael Alexander Fischer, Danube University Krems
Ms. Shauna Bracken, Dublin City University
Mrs. Ioana Florentina Grigorovici, Dublin City University
Ms. Maria Kaselow Salas, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University--Daytona Beach
Mr. Srikanth Venkataraman, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University--Daytona Beach
Ms. Hailey Bray, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University--Prescott Campus
Mr. David Stiller, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University--Prescott Campus
Mr. Yu Xin, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University--Worldwide
Miss Fatemeh Gharaei, ENAC Ecole Nationale de I'Avion Civile
Mr. James Mugema Kalisa, ENAC Ecole Nationale de I'Avion Civile
Miss Yherily Giraldo, Florida Memorial University
Mr. Luis Tobar, Florida Memorial University
Mr. Younghwa Cho, Hokkaido University
Miss Sze Wan Sonia Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr. Haitz Saez de Ocariz Borde, Imperial College London
Mr. Paul Peter Naanouh, ISAE - SUPAERO
Mr. Kosuke Saito, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Miss Tingxuan Wang, Leiden University
Mr. Carlos Vélez, Leiden University


Ms. Olibia Guzman, Lewis University
Ms. Patrycja Krzystyniak, Lewis University
Mr. Michael Martinez, Lewis University
Mr. Anthony Molina, Lewis University
Miss Emma Burns, Loughborough University
Mr. Zack Seymour, Loughborough University
Mr. Akintayo Akintola, McGill University
Miss Olaoluwa Awe, McGill University
Mr. Keigo Miyagawa, Nagoya University
Mr .Like Yang, NYU Shanghai
Mr. Craig Anderson, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Kojiro Obayashi, Osaka Prefecture University
Miss Jirachaya Sumroey, Rangsit University 
Miss Somrita Banerjee, Stanford University
Mr. Hyriam Fanou, Toulouse Business School
Ms. Maria Camila Valencia Heredia, Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana
Mr. Omran Alshalabi, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology
Ms. Fodhla Glover, University College Dublin
Ms. Manqing Luo, University College Dublin
Mr. Brian O'Neill, University College Dublin
Mr. Souleymane Abouba Saidou, University of Aviation and Technology (ESAT)
Mr. Charles Flynn, University of Bath
Mr. Alex Middleton, University of Leeds
Miss Silvana Zhekova, University of Leeds
Mr. Franco Staub, University of Tokyo
Mr. Ryoichi Takase, University of Tokyo


View 2019 ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Named Scholarships

The ISTAT Foundation name scholarship awards to specific universities as requested by the individual donors. Certain Named Scholarship funds include donations that are matched by ISTAT.

  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Scholarship Award
    This scholarship is awarded to two students annually; one from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and one from Purdue University.
  • Jon Batchelor Scholarship Award
    This scholarship is awarded to two students at universities in Florida, USA annually.
  • Hafthor Hafsteinsson Scholarship Award
    This scholarship is awarded to one student at a university outside 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.
  • 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.





Scholarship Program Committee

The 2021 Scholarship Committee is comprised of Andy LaStella - Chair, Julian Balaam, Kristen Chmielewski, Bruce Dankberg, Mohamed El-Boraï, Amy Li, Satoru Ohki, Betsy Snyder, Jean Stein, Mark Streeter, Konrad Walters and Joel Wagner.