Foundation Happenings Gala Chicago Golf Scholarship Program Grants Program Internship Program

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.




Students interested in applying for a scholarship must secure a nomination from a faculty member at a qualified university (see below). The Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications. 

View FAQs

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 2018 ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Mr. Jithin George Abraham, University College Dublin
Mr. Aamir Banderker, University College Dublin
Mr. Aaron Brown, University of Limerick
Miss Marie Connelly, Lewis University
Mr. Davidson Nzekwe Daniel, Broward College
Mr. Bryan Doughty, Lewis University
Mr. Adham Esmat, Cairo University
Mr. Kento Fujita, University of Tokyo
Mr. Kyran Grattan, Leiden University
Miss Kailey Hetzel, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Campus
Mr. Masaharu Hiruma, University of Tokyo
Mr. Grant Holve, Lewis University
Mr. Tsubasa Iwafune, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Mr. Throy Josephs, Jacksonville University
Mr. Shugo Kaneko, Kyushu University
Mr. Abhinav Karki, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Mr. Obaida Hani Farouq Abul Khair, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology
Mr. Mohamed Khaled, Cairo University
Mr. Matthew De Lancey, Saint Louis University
Ms. Guangxi Liu, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Mr. Brian Lozano, Stanford University
Mr. John Jovin Lyimo, ENAC Ecole Nationale de I'Avion Civile
Miss Ainur Maiussova, Toulouse Business School
Mr. Michael Masenda, University of Witwatersrand


Miss Nikol Metodieva, University of Leeds
Miss Ewa Mikinka, Loughborough University
Miss Katherine Minarik, Purdue University
Mr. Zakaria Abdelkader Moustiri, Cambridge University
Ms. Mariah Muchtar, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Campus
Mr. Mizuki Okada, Kyushu University
Mr. Oscar Andres Romo Ortiz, Broward College
Mr. Phillip Parker, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Ernesto Puig, Lewis University
Miss Puja Raskoti, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr. Tristan Rencken, University of Witwatersrand
Ms. Autumn Rider, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Felipe Sanchez, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Mr. Ankit Sharma, University of Pretoria
Mr. Kumbirai Sibanda, University of Witwatersrand
Mr. Andrew Spence, Western Michigan University
Ms. Miharu Taira, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Mr. Kento Tanaka, Nagoya University
Miss Silva Teixeira, Cranfield Univeristy
Mr. Pengzhi Tian, University of Kansas
Mr. Rhys Williams, Imperial College London
Ms. Yi Yang, ENAC Ecole Nationale de I'Avion Civile
Mr. Hüseyin Yildirim, Danube University Krems
Mr. Dawei Yu, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach

View 2017 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 2019 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.