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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 currently accepting applications. Students interested in applying for a scholarship must secure a nomination from a faculty member at a qualified university (see below). The application deadline is 1 May 2018.

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All past scholarship recipients are welcome to join our ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Alumni Network on LinkedIn.


Qualified institutions are invited to submit one 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.

If you are a university representative and would like more information about how your institution can provide aviation scholarships to students, please view the ISTAT Ambassador listing and contact the ISTAT Ambassador assigned to your university. If your university is not listed, please contact us.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 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%) or United States Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • 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 aviation
  • Involvement in extra-curricular/community activities indicating leadership qualities.


  • Flight students with an interest in finance, law, engineering, etc. are welcome to apply
  • 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
  • Or other related field

Congratulations to the 2017 ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Ms. Denist Oscar, Broward College
Mr. Ahmed Bayram, Cairo University
Mr. Ioannis Papageorgiou, Cambridge University
Mr. Samuel Campos, Cranfield Univeristy
Mr. Arjun Pillai, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia
Mr. Ivan Kanov, ENAC Ecole Nationale de I'Avion Civile
Mr. Hua Chai, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Mr. Michael Welch, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Ms. Tamiraa Bayarsaikhan, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Mr. Jordan Brown, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Ms. Meghan Hospodka Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Ms. Shefali Desai, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Mr. Ivan Jelic, Florida Memorial University
Ms. Vashti Charlton, Florida Memorial University
Miss Ching Yin Alanis Leung, Hong Kong PolyTechnic University
Mr. Dorian Sterlin, ISAE - SUPAERO
Mr. Leandro Etchevers Collazo, ISAE - SUPAERO
Mr. Andika Immanuel Simatupang, Leiden University Law School
Mr. Brian Boettner, Lewis University
Mr. Calvin Warren, Lewis University
Mr. Eric Nyantakyi, Lewis University


Ms. Carolina Garcia, Lewis University
Mr. Yusuf Karim, Loughborough University
Mr. Tianyi Dai, National University of Singapore
Miss Alexandria Henson, Oklahoma State University
Miss Mickaylah Walker, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Connor Thetford, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Adam Kee, Purdue University
Mr. Ekin Bakkal, Purdue University
Mr. Edward Mash, Rocky Mountain College
Mr. Samuel Morgan, Saint Louis University
Mr. Bassam Tariq, Seneca College of Applied Arts & Tchnology
Miss Niveta Krishnan Iyer, Stanford University
Mr. Fanomezantsoa Michael Rasoanaivo, SUPAERO MAROC - Ecole d'Ingénieurs Aéronautique
Miss Myriam Ben Aoun, University of Aviation and Technology (ESAT)
Miss Safa el Guerchy, University of Aviation and Technology (ESAT)
Mr. Hady Benyamen, University of Kansas
Miss Slavina Prodanova, University of Leeds
Mr. John Butler, University of Limerick
Mr. Divek Surujhlal, University of Witwatersrand
Mr. Michael James Wrathall, University of Witwatersrand
Mr. Brian DePuy, Western Michigan University


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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship Program Committee

The 2018 Scholarship Committee is comprised of Andy LaStella - Chair, Julian Balaam, Kristen Chmielewski, Bruce Dankberg, Peter Huijbers, Mohamed El-Boraï, Amy Li, Satoru Ohki, Betsy Snyder, Jean Stein, Mark Streeter, and Konrad Walters.