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Scholarship Information

In 2021, the Pajaro Valley Aviation Academy will be awarding two $4,000 scholarships, one in the spring and another in the fall, to local students aged 16-25. Scholarships will be offered in the following training areas:
  • Basic Flight Training (Private Pilot Certificate)
  • Advanced Flight Training (Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, Helicopter, Airline Transport Pilot)
  • Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics Ratings
  • Other aviation related fields may be considered by the Board of Directors.
  • The applicant must be in good health, with no medically disqualifying conditions which would prevent the applicant from pursuing and completing the training program. The advanced flight rating applicant must have a current FAA Medical Certificate appropriate to the rating sought. Required Medical Certificates must be obtained from a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Medical Examiner.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America, and must provide one of the following documents as proof: US passport, birth certificate, alien registration card, or naturalization/citizenship certificate.
  • The applicant must permanently reside in the Pajaro Valley or in Santa Cruz County, within one of the following zip codes:
    • 95076 - Watsonville (Includes Corralitos, La Selva Beach, Las Lomas, Pajaro, and Royal Oaks)
    • 95019 - Freedom
    • 95004 - Aromas
    • 95039 - Moss Landing
    • Any zip code in Santa Cruz County
  • The applicant must be between 16 and 25 years of age when the scholarship application is received by the PVAA.
  • The applicant must demonstrate proficiency in English (as required by FAA Regulations.)
  • Applications must be post marked or emailed by the application deadline.
  • Application deadlines are: March 31st and September 30th.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the PVAA by March 31st to be considered for the spring scholarship award and by September 30th to be considered for the fall scholarship award.
  • Scholarship recipients will be assigned a PVAA mentor who will monitor their progress at regular intervals, and reviews may be conducted at anytime the board so desires to assess the recipient's progress toward completion of the training. Recipients are expected to begin their training within 3 months of being awarded a scholarship, otherwise their award will be up for review.  If the recipient's progress is not acceptable, funding may be discontinued; however, special circumstances will be considered.  Review may include logbook or transcript evaluation and verbal or written interviews with instructors, teachers, administrators and the scholarship recipient.
  • The scholarships will be paid directly to the flight school or education facility which is conducting the training. Payment for training (to flight schools or education facilities) will be paid on an installment basis, with continued payment contingent on the progress of the scholarship recipient.
  • Recipients of a Private Pilot scholarship must have successfully completed the required FAA written exam before any cross country flying will be approved.
  • Applicants for an Instrument rating must have logged a minimum of 100 hours of cross country flight time with at least 50 hours as Pilot in Command before they will be considered for a scholarship. Applicants must have passed the Instrument written exam to apply for instrument rating scholarship.
Application Guidelines:

The application must be completed in full using the form available below. Please print legibly. Upon completion, mail one copy of:
  • The application form.
  • Proof of citizenship or legal residence and age: US passport, birth certificate, alien registration card, or naturalization/citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of residence:  current utility bill, current lease agreement, or bank statement with current address.  
  • Personal essay (requirements described below.)
  • No more or less than three letters of recommendation.
  • Education Transcripts (High School and College, appropriate to experience of applicant.)
  • Budget of financial requirements and time line you expect to complete training.

Mail to:                                                                          Or Email:
The Pajaro Valley Aviation Academy                    dsrtdogg@rattlebrain.com
Scholarship Committee
60 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

The applications will be judged in the following areas:
  • Activities in and commitment to aviation
  • Ability to reach stated goals
  • Personal essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview with Scholarship committee
  • Financial need

Instructions on Additional Documentation Required:
  • Personal Essay:  In no more than 500 words, typewritten and double spaced, address the following topics:
    • Your personal interests; general goals, career goals, and aviation goals.
    • Any special qualifications you may have to pursue these goals.
    • What sparked your initial interest in aviation.
    • What aviation related activities you have participated in (including employment) that mean the most to you.
    • How this scholarship will help you achieve your goals.
    • Any obstacles you had to overcome to start and/or continue in flying.
    • How will you contribute to the aviation community in the future.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Submit three; at least two must be from a person knowledgeable about your interest or achievements in aviation. One letter from a teacher, instructor, or person of similar authority, demonstrating the applicant's dedication and ability to complete a rigorous academic program is encouraged. None may be from a family member.
  • Medical Certificate:  Scholarship applicants seeking an advanced rating will provide a copy of their medical certificate appropriate to the rating being sought with the application materials.  A failure to pass the FAA required medical exam will result in a denial of the scholarship. A medically disqualified scholarship recipient may petition the FAA for a medical waiver in accordance with standard FAA practice, and then re-apply to the PVAA for the scholarship desired.

Application links:
PVAA scholarship application.doc

PVAA scholarship application.pdf

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Last updated: January 13, 2021
Marjorie Bachman,
Jan 13, 2021, 9:48 PM
Marjorie Bachman,
Jan 13, 2021, 9:48 PM