American Institute of Aeronautics and Astonautics (AIAA) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Website: AIAA


The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Institute encourages: original research; furthers the dissemination of new knowledge; fosters the professional development of those engaged in scientific and engineering activities; improves public understanding of the profession and its contributions; fosters education in engineering and science; promotes communication among engineers and scientists, as well as other professional groups; and stimulates outstanding professional accomplishments. Funding is provided through the AIAA Foundation, the nonprofit educational arm of the AIAA.

This program was instituted in the fall of 1977 and now presents thirty scholarships and thirteen graduate awards annually.

Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Award applications must be submitted online. Applicants must be AIAA Student Members. To become a Student Member, click here.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Name & Award Amount

AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship: $10,000*
*New for 2022: This scholarship is made possible by donations from the Hewson Family Foundation and Lockheed Martin and is available to female students demonstrating financial need. Eligible high school seniors may apply if they have been accepted into a college or university to pursue a degree in:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Important Note! All materials for the AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship, including letters of recommendation, are due by 2359 hrs EST, 31 December. This follows a different timeline than other scholarships or awards

Daedalus 88 Scholarship: $10,000*
*Note: Applicants should call out their entrepreneurial spirit by describing their leadership of a student-initiated, hands-on multidisciplinary aerospace engineering project.  Applicants must be willing to make a presentation, at a site that is mutually agreeable, on the student-led project in which they participated.
David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship: $10,000
Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering: $5,000
Wernher von Braun Scholarship: $5,000
Space Transportation Scholarship: $1,500
Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship: $1,250*
*Note: This scholarship is only available to female applicants only.
Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship: $500

Digital Avionics Scholarships

Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Denise Ponchak Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000*
*This scholarship is only available to non-US Students studying at a non-US University. Students from embargoed countries are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000
Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship: $3,000

Graduate Awards

Scholarship Name & Award Amount

Abe M. Zarem Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement *
*This award is given to two students, one pursuing their studies in aeronautics and one pursuing their studies in astronautics
Neil Armstrong Graduate Award: $5,000
Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award (x2): $5,000
Dr. Hassan A. Hassan Graduate Award in Aerospace Engineering (x2): $5,000
Liquid Propulsion TC Graduate Award: $2,500
Luis de Florez Graduate Award: $3,500
Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award: $2,500
John Leland Atwood Graduate Award: $1,250
Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award: $1,250
Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award: $1,000
William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award:  $1,500 ($1,000 award, plus $500 stipend, to attend the AIAA AVIATION Forum)

  • Must be a current AIAA Student member in good standing
  • Must have completed at least 1 academic semester of full-time college work
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Unless otherwise noted, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. Territories
  • Applicant's education plan shall be such as to provide entry into some field of science or engineering encompassed by the technical activities of AIAA
Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented
Complete application material and procedure are available on the website. Scholarship applications are being accepted from 01 October to 31 January
Contact Information

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program Student Programs

1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500 Reston, VA 20191-4344

Phone: 703-264-7500 or 800-639-AIAA800-639-AIAA FREE Fax: 703-264-7551 or 703-264-7657703-264-7657