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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.

2024 Scholarship Program Update

We are no longer accepting new applications for the 2024 Scholarship Program. Stay tuned for updates on the selection process and information about 2025 scholarship opportunities.



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 2024-2025 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 the Scholarship on an annual basis. 

Returning University: Please contact to receive a link to a form to confirm your university's 2024 Scholarship Program candidates.  Upon confirmation, you will receive an email with the link to the scholarship application to share with your candidates.

New University: 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.

Candidate Criteria

  • Completion of at least two years of undergraduate (bachelor’s) studies or currently enrolled in graduate (master’s) or post graduate (doctoral) studies;
  • Applicants 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;
  • Enrolled in one of the following programs as it relates to commercial aviation: aviation finance, aviation law, aeronautical engineering, aviation management, aeronautical science, aviation computer science, aviation maintenance or airport management. Please note that we do not accept applications from candidates who have a career goal to become a pilot.
  • Commitment to a career in aviation; • Involvement in extra-curricular/community activities indicating leadership qualities

Congratulations to the 2023 ISTAT Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

Miss Iva Acimic of Imperial College London
Miss Aurelia Adryana of Leiden University
Miss Omobolaji Aduroja of Cranfield University
Mr. Liam Aloni of Manhattan College
Mr. Sinan Aykan of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Mr. Kshitij Bhardwaj of ISAE - SUPAERO
Mr. Joseph Branagan of University of Leeds
Ms. Ciara Byrne of Dublin City University
Miss Chuan Chen of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Miss Anca-Miruna Constantin of Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile
Mr. Kevin Cooper of Florida Memorial University
Mr. Zhi Dou of Purdue University
Ms. Sophia Foster of Oklahoma State University
Miss Tanmayi Gadgil of University of Bath
Mr. Jeyder George of Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Mr. Mohamed Hassan of Cairo University
Mr. Christopher Iammarino of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
Miss Rachel Jelaget of Kenyatta University
Mr. Navid Kalani of University of Cambridge
Mr. Chan Yung Lee of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia
Miss Veronica Hiu Ki Lee of University of Leeds
Miss Rosie Leishman of Loughborough University
Miss Wiktoria Maslak-Schiwnak of Lewis University
Mr. Crispin McKenzie of University of Witwatersrand
Mr. Juan Merino Sosa of Lynn University
Ms. Abby Patterson of Auburn University
Mr. Reece Phipps of Lewis University
Ms. Nina Rogers of Lewis University
Mr. Tomoki Shimauchi of Kyushu University
Mr. Ashwin Sriram of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Mr. Zaid Tadros of Lewis University
Mr. Marcelo Talia of Leiden University
Mr. William Widjaja of Cranfield University
Mr. Yuto Yamamoto of Osaka Metropolitan University
Miss Jennifer Yao of New York University
Miss Shanghai Ping Zhang of Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civil
Miss Minjing Zhao of Purdue University

View the 2022 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.
  • Jordan Labkon Memorial Scholarship Award
    This scholarship is awarded to one student annually with a concentration in aviation law.
  • 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 Scholarship Committee is comprised of  Andy LaStella, Chair, Bruce Dankberg, Mohamed El-Boraï, Amy Li, Satoru Ohki, Ron Pye, Linn Shaw, Betsy Snyder, Jean Stein, Mark Streeter and Joël Wagner.