Two nonprofit organizations on opposite sides of the U.S that focus on getting young people interested in aviation careers today launched a joint scholarship effort to bring attention to the gender gap and lack of diverse talent in the industry, specifically for pilots. East Coast-based Liftoff Learning and West Coast-based I Hart Flying Foundation have teamed to offer flight scholarships over a six-week “scholarship showdown” social media campaign.
With the lack of qualified pilots looming over the aviation industry, both organizations—founded on the mission to advance youth in aviation and flight training—decided to work together to expand and diversify talent of aviation and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.
Each organization has set scholarship criteria and application details on their websites. They expect to select recipients in April or May, with flight training to follow shortly after the scholars are announced publicly.