Fall is officially here, which means school is in full swing and the craziness of school shopping (parents of high school students) and move-in (parents of college students) is over. That’s right, you have our permission to ‘treat yo self.’ (We can help you with a few travel deals if you want, but we hear a glass of wine works too.) Scholarship

For some of you though, the stress is only beginning. That’s right if you’re like our good friend (and airline employee), Joan, you’ve got a child entering their senior year of high school and it’s time to get serious with those college plans. Dun dun dun ah! That’s where we step in.

We know you’re stressed, we know they’re stressed. It’s that whole question of what do I do next? How do I make this happen? We also know that you’re probably rooting for them to either A. Go into the airline industry, or B. At least look for some scholarships from the airline industry.

We’d like to help you with both, but for right now we’re just going to attack the one; “How do I make this happen?” That’s right, we’re going to give you a list of scholarships your (and other) airlines offer. So grab that senior of yours (or junior if you’re that over-achieving type), sit them down in front of the computer, and pull up this blog.

You’re welcome in advance.

Alaska Airlines

ASTA Alaska Airlines Scholarship

This scholarship is pretty unique in that it offers $1,000 to multiple different levels of study (think part-time versus full-time, sophomore through senior year and graduate study). Must have an interest in the tourism/travel industry or in hospitality administration management.

Alaska Airlines Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship

Available for application online beginning in mid-January each year, this scholarship awards 4 students from Highline Public School $5,000. It can be paid directly to the college of your students choice or be used for tuition, fees, and books.

American Airlines

American Airlines Education Foundation Scholarship Awards

Offered to dependents (that are enrolled in an undergraduate program full-time) of American Airlines employees; this college grant awards $2,500 and can be reapplied to year after year (although it is not renewable). The application deadline is March 31, 2018, for the 2018/2019 school year.

American Airlines Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Eleven students will be selected to win this $5,000 scholarship and the applications for the 2018/2019 school year will be available in December of 2017. Fair warning, you can only win this scholarship once and you must have your own account and be a member in good standing with the AA Credit Union.

American Airlines Center Opportunity Scholarship

A bit of a smaller scholarship, and by smaller we mean in distance range. That’s right, only open to applicants entering Tarrant County College this scholarship awards $825 per semester to its recipient.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines Foundation (in partnership with UNCF) Scholarship

$5,000 is granted to the recipients of this scholarship, with one major hitch – you must reside in or be a permanent resident of New York. It’s open for all years from freshman to a 5th-year senior and re-opens in June.

The Jerry Grinstein Leadership Award

Awarded annually, this award is worth a whopping $10,000 and is only available to Delta dependents and Delta Community Credit Union qualified employees (and their survivors). Only one will win this award yearly, and what they look for in the application is strong leadership potential.

C.E. Woolman Leadership Award

Similar to the Jerry Grinstein Leadership Award, this scholarship offers $10,000 to one individual annually. Unlike the Grinstein award, this one is only available to Delta employees. Named after entrepreneur Collett (C.E) Woolman, this grant is leadership potential focused.

Delta Spirit Award

Forty $5,000 Delta Spirit Award scholarships are handed out annually and it’s open to Delta employees, their spouses/domestic partners, and their dependents. This award is not renewable, however, recipients may apply in subsequent years for other Delta Scholarship Fund Awards.

Delta Award for Excellence

The last stop on this Delta award train is the Delta Award for Excellence. Five hundred and twenty $1,500 scholarships are awarded every year, and the scholarship is open to Delta employees, spouses/domestic partners of Delta employees, and their dependents. The application period is from December 1st to February 28th. Recommendations are required.


JetBlue Scholars Program

Ok, so it isn’t technically a scholarship, but when an airline offers to pay tuition you write about it! That’s right, you read that correctly. JetBlue has joined the group of super cool employers that offer this unique benefit. What’s the stipulation? You have to be a crewmember and attend a “partner university.” But, I mean, it’s free college, so look into it.

Moooove Us

“If you are or will soon be a college student and have a moving story, tell us about it! You could win a $2,000 scholarship and four one-way tickets on JetBlue!”

JetBlue Grants

Check out jetBlue’s corporate responsibility page, they offer an incredible amount of grants from all over the place! There’s even been one in San Juan, Puerto Rico for girls interested in aviation and another in Trenton, New Jersey for aviation management. Check them out and apply here.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Education Travel Program

This education initiative awards round-trip airline tickets to undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue higher education. The deadline is May 22, 2018, and the student must be enrolled in a college at least 200 miles from their designated home.

Daniel J. Kimber Scholarship Program

In memory of valued employee Daniel J. Kimber, the Southwest Airlines Federal Credit Union awards three scholarships worth $2,000 to primary members of a SWACU savings account. This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors. 

Southwest Airlines Flight Training Scholarship

In partnership with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Southwest Airlines awards four scholarships worth $5,000 to qualified candidates who are members of the OBAP. Your aspirations must be to become a professional pilot. Applications are due June 2nd. 

Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarship

This is an annually awarded scholarship to both Southwest Airlines Employees and their dependents. Two are given out (one for Kelleher and the other for King) and they are worth $2,500 a piece. Additional lesser scholarship amounts are awarded to a limited number of students. The application deadline is usually in February. 

United Airlines

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Scholarship Fund AFA-CWA

Available to dependents of active AFA members (in good standing) this grant offers up to $5,000 to recipients for one year. Applications must be postmarked by April 10th, and requires three attached references. Transcripts, grades, and SAT scores also must be included.

Joe Beirne Scholarship

Fifteen of these partial college scholarships are awarded annually offering $3,000 each. Winners are selected in a lottery drawing (believe it or not), and can also receive a second-year award of the same amount depending upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Eligible applicants must be CWA members (spouses, children, and grandchildren included.) 

United Scholarship Fund

United employees and dependents may apply for this scholarship through the United Airlines Scholarship Fund (USF). The deadline to apply is the beginning of March.

Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to individuals interested in majoring in aviation with an emphasis in pilot-related studies. Created to honor the memory of Captain Jason Dahl (captain of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001), this grant has been assisting pilot-hopefuls (107 so far) achieve their dreams since 2002. The deadline is April 15th.

Credit Union Scholarship

Available to members of the Alliant Credit Union, this award is due in June and offers five students $2,000 each. 


Have any other scholarships you’d add to this list? Please let us know below in the comments! We hope this blog was helpful to you and your kiddos. Until next time Interliners. Safe travels, keep your eyes on the skies.?

Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)

Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.