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Scholarships

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.

 

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.

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 home schooled 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

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 is now CLOSED.  The winner of the 2017 Top Gun Scholarship was Jensen Houck

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 on page in length) including:
    1. Unweighted GPA
    2. ACT or SAT Scores
    3. Volunteer Hours at ACE or SUN ‘n FUN (not including the fly-in)
    4. Pilot status (applied for 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   Late 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.
  • 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 transcript, recommendation letters, community service documentation, and essay to educate@flysnf.org by a date set forth by the donor. Selected semi-finalists must be available for an in interview either in person in Lakeland, FL or via a conference call.  

Indicate your name and the scholarship applying for in the email subject line.

Application window is currently CLOSED.

The winner of the 2017 JSfirm.com A&P Scholarship was Joey Verdone.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 

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 transcript, recommendation letters, community service documentation, and essay to educate@flysnf.org by a date set forth by the donor. Selected semi-finalists must be available for an in interview either in person in Lakeland, FL or via a conference call.  

 

Indicate your name and the scholarship applying for in the email subject line.

Application window is currently CLOSED.

The winner of the 2017 JSfirm.com Engineering Scholarship was Indya Williams

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

 

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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