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Scholarships

About Our Scholarship Programs

The Aerospace Center for Excellence & SUN ‘n FUN are both 501 (c) 3 corporations. In accordance with our mission statement, we believe in developing the next generation of aerospace professionals.

This can not happen without education. SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum annually give over $400,000 in scholarships through the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed as we are proud to announce that as of March 2017 over 100 scholarships have been awarded to young men and women. Many of these have pursued their dream of becoming a pilot. With financial assistance given by the Aerospace Center for Excellence over 100 of these students have soloed an aircraft resulting in more than 60 private pilots with over 40 scholarships in progress. Many of these students have gone on to further their education at the university level and are now beginning their careers as young professionals.

Nobody else in the United States can claim the success stories that we share in at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. We are proud of these young men and women’s accomplishments.

You can see each students solo being honored at the entrance to Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the Flight Path to Success.

 

ACE Scholarship (Formerly Florida Air Museum Scholarship)

Requirements:

GPA: 3.00
SAT/ACT: NA
Number awarded: 1 (per school year)
Community service hours required: 100
Scholarship amount: $2000
Distribution of funds: $1000 year for 2 years
(based on verification of GPA)

Scholarship Overview:

Student must plan to pursue an aerospace or aviation-related major at an accredited college or university. Student must demonstrate financial need and service to the community. Students should have a minimum of 100 community service hours. Preference will be given to students who are or have been Florida Air Museum and/or SUN ‘n FUN Volunteers.

Previous Winners:

2018 Luke Liptak

2017  Jessica Jacobovitz

2016 Catie Rosenoff

2015 Taiason Cole

2014 Robin Rivas

2013 Alvaro Calvo

For more information please visit The Polk Education Foundation or call 863-534-0500

James C. Ray Scholarship

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy Foundation, Inc. (CFAAF) is very proud to administer the James C. Ray Scholarship Fund.

Applicants seeking grants from the Scholarship Fund will be evaluated on many factors, including, (but not limited to) GPA, community service history, extracurricular activities and personal recommendations from teachers and employers, and a personal interview during the application process. Eligible students must be a Polk County Public or Private High School Student or equivalent homeschooled student residing in Polk County. A key element of the application is a short, thoughtful essay about the applicant, his/her career aspirations and the reason(s) for pursuing flight training. Detailed criteria can be found on the application form available at cfaaf.com

CFAA Class of 2018

Angelo Aguliar-Polk State College

Justin DalColletto-Polk State College

Luke Liptak-Polk State College

Slade Rosamond-Florida Polytechnic University

CFAA Class of 2017

Carter Clay-Polk State College

Mikayla Cates-Polk State College

Jensen Houck-Polk State College

Jessica Jacobovitz-University of Alabama Huntsville 

CFAA Class of 2016

Clayton McHough-Florida State College-Jacksonville 

Top Gun Scholarship

The Top Gun Citation of Merit is presented to the graduating Senior student who has consistently demonstrated outstanding scholastic accomplishment, exemplary character and motivating leadership during their tenure at Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The Top Gun honoree has been an example to others in not only academic excellence but in service to their community. They have also been regular and visible participants in aviation-related programs and events. The Top Gun’s standout performance and work ethic in all areas define them as an influential moving force in the future of the aerospace industry, supporting the SUN ‘n FUN and Aerospace Center for Excellence mission of building “A Brighter Future Through Aviation.”

The application window for the Top Gun Scholarship will open on the first day of  the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo and close on April 30 of that same year.  For example, if SUN n FUN opens on April 6, 2025 the application window will open on April 6, 2014 and close on April 30, 2025.  .

 Previous Winners

2018  Luke Liptak

2017 Jensen Houck

2016  Greg Holden

2015 Mike Brown

2014 Victoria Simmons

Any CFAA Seniors interested in applying for The Top Gun Scholarship should prepare the following two (2) papers:

  • An essay describing their involvement with the ACE programs during their tenure at CFAA and how having the Top Gun Scholarship would help them in their continuing educational goals.  The essay should be no longer than one page, 12 point font, Times New Roman font and include their name.
  • A second paper (not to exceed one page in length) including:
    1. Unweighted GPA
    2. ACT or SAT Scores
    3. Verified volunteer hours at ACE or SUN ‘n FUN (not including the fly-in)
    4. Pilot status (applied for the JCR scholarship, accepted, soloed, or private pilot)
    5. Any additional extra-curricular activities

The completed papers will need to be submitted electronically to museum@flysnf.org with the word TOP GUN and the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The JSfirm.com Airframe and Power Plant Scholarship

JSfirm.com will make an annual charitable gift of $1,500 to the Aerospace Center for Excellence a 501 (c) (3) to establish an annual scholarship. The scholarship will be designated for students attending the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a Polk County, FL public school.  The scholarship is designated for the selected student to continue their education in the field of aerospace mechanics. The Donor has pledged $1,500, annually. The scholarship will be awarded upon the pledge payment.

Scholarship Selection Process

A selection committee comprised of JSfirm.com, ACE and SUN ‘n FUN will review applications and select the award recipient. This scholarship is a one-time award to the selected student and will be established criteria listed below:

Applicant must be enrolled in the airframe and general track the Central Florida Aerospace Academy

  • Applicant must have accumulated 100 hours of community service during high school. These hours do not include time volunteered during the SUN ‘n FUN International Expo and Fly-In. Additional consideration may be given to volunteer time during Aerospace Center for Excellence related programs.
  • The student must plan to attend Traviss Career Center, a Polk County School, with the intention of carrying on with their Power Plant Certification.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Two letters of reference required from non-family members.
  • Additional essay required “How have personal, school and community activities and achievements helped to prepare you for the future and why you should be awarded this scholarship.”   This essay should be no longer than 300 words, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen

Applicants should submit a transcript, recommendation letters, community service documentation, and essay in ONE file to educate@flysnf.org by March 23, 2018.  Candidates will be interviewed by the donor and the award winner will be announced on April 12, 2018 during the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and Expo.   

Indicate your name and the words JSFirm.com A & P Scholarship in the email subject line.

The application window is currently CLOSED.  

LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Previous Winners

2018   Andrew Pitman

2017 Joey Verdone 

The JSfirm.com Engineering Scholarship

JSfirm.com will make an annual charitable gift of $1,500 to the Aerospace Center for Excellence a 501 (c) (3) to establish an annual scholarship. The scholarship will be designated for students attending the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a Polk County, FL public school.  The scholarship is designated for the selected student to continue their education in the field of aerospace engineering. The Donor has pledged $1,500, annually. The scholarship will be awarded upon the pledge payment.

A selection committee comprised of JSfirm.com, ACE and SUN ‘n FUN will review applications and select the award recipient. This scholarship is a one-time award to the selected student and will be established criteria listed below:

Applicant must be enrolled in the engineering track the Central Florida Aerospace Academy

  • Applicant must have accumulated 100 hours of community service during high school. These hours do not include time volunteered during the SUN ‘n FUN International Expo and Fly-In. Additional consideration may be given to volunteer time during Aerospace Center for Excellence related programs.
  • Student must plan to attend an accredited college or university with plans to major in engineering
  • Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Two letters of reference required from non-family members.
  • Additional essay required “How have personal, school and community activities and achievements helped to prepare you for the future and why you should be awarded this scholarship.”   This essay should be no longer than 300 words, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen

Applicants should submit a transcript, recommendation letters, community service documentation, and essay in ONE file to educate@flysnf.org by March 23, 2018.  Candidates will be interviewed by the donor and the award winner will be announced on April 12, 2018 during the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and Expo.   

Indicate your name and the words JSFirm.com Engineering Scholarship in the email subject line.

The application window is currently CLOSED.

LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Previous Winners

2018  Cameron Glenn

2017 Indya Williams

The Latino Pilots Association Scholarship

Year established: 2018
Number Awarded Yearly: 1 (one time award)
Amount Awarded: $1,000.00
Scholarship Distribution: $500 (USD) in funding to pay for expenses related to success at the
College/University level. An additional $500 (USD) would become available should the student
choose to further their education at Polk State College.

Scholarship overview/description:
• Students should have a minimum of 100 documented community service hours.
• Preference given to students who have soloed an aircraft.
• Preference given to student with 25 flight hours.
• Preference given to student with 50 volunteer hours at Aerospace Discovery Florida Air Museum

If necessary, the top three candidates will have an interview with the Latino Pilots
Association during the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In.  Winners will be announced at the CFAA
Award Ceremony. Recipient of this scholarship award will also hold the title and be an
active Collegiate Ambassador for The LPA.

Applications accepted from the following school(s): Central Florida Aerospace Academy-Seniors
Additional essay required: Yes
Essay subject: How the LPA values play into your decision to pursue a career in aviation.
1 page, 12 point font, single spaced, Times New Roman font.
Letters of reference required: Yes.
How many and from whom: One letter of reference from a non-family member
Adult school students eligible: No
Submissions to: Museum@Flysnf.org
Subject Line: Sun-N-Fun/LPA Scholarship with the applicants name
Application window:  Currently CLOSED

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Previous Winners

2018  Luke Liptak

About Our Scholarship Programs

The Aerospace Center for Excellence and SUN ‘n FUN are both 501 (c) 3 corporations. In accordance with our mission statement we believe in developing the next generation of aerospace professionals.

This can not happen without education. SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum annually give over $400,000 in scholarships through the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed as we are proud to announce that as of March 2017 over 100 scholarships have been awarded to young men and women. Many of these have pursued their dream of becoming a pilot. With financial assistance given by the Aerospace Center for Excellence over 100 of these students have soloed an aircraft resulting in more than 55 private pilots with over 40 scholarships in progress. Many of these students have gone on to further their education at the university level and are now beginning their careers as young professionals.

Nobody else in the United States can claim the success stories that we share in at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. We are proud of these young men and womens accomplishments.

You can see each students solo being honored at the entrance to Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the Flight Path to Success.

 

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