RIPA’s Aviation scholarships
Two aviation scholarships are awarded each May to qualified candidates wishing
to pursue pilot flight training or a RIPA Scholarship Committee-approved aviation-related
The RIPA Scholarship Application Form is available HERE as
a downloadable PDF file. Or, you may obtain a form from a Rhode Island flight school, local school
or by emailing us directly with your
Applicants MUST satisfy the following requirements:
- Applicant must be at least 17 years of age on or before December 31st
of the year of submission.
- Applicant must be a resident of Rhode Island.
- Applications must be postmarked no later than February 28 of the year
- Applicant for flight training must be able to pass the Class III FAA
physical before the funds are offered.
- Any Applicant under 18 years of age must have a letter of consent from
their parent or guardian.
- The Scholarship award must be used within one year,
or the remaining unused funds will return
to the Rhode Island Pilots Association Scholarship Fund.
Get the Scholarship Application Form and Letter of instructions.
Best of luck to
RIPA Scholarship Story
In 1996 at a monthly dinner meeting, the Rhode Island Pilots Association members
heard about a deserving young student pilot who was struggling financially
to finish his training. It was unanimously voted to grant him $500 so he could
earn his Certificate. It was then proposed that the Association become more
active in encouraging future aviators and students wanting to enter an aviation-related
career. The Rhode Island Pilots Association Scholarship Fund was established;
funded mainly by a “Twenty Week Club” and member donations. Scholarships
have been awarded each year since to qualified candidates wishing to pursue
pilot flight training, or a scholarship committee-approved aviation-related
If YOU would like to donate to the Rhode Island Pilots Association Scholarship
Fund, we encourage you to contact us by email
or to approach a RIPA Board member at the next RIPA event. If you know of a deserving
potential candidate, refer them to this web site, or to any Rhode
Island flight training school, or to their school guidance counselor.