NAA Partners with Local Foundation to Raise Funds for Students Pursuing Aviation Maintenance Careers

National Aviation Academy (NAA) is partnering with the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) to raise scholarship money for NAA students in need who have limited access to other forms of financial aid. The scholarship fund will recognize and encourage students pursuing careers in aviation maintenance and promote the future of aviation and, specifically, highly-trained airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics.

Despite challenges posed by COVID-19, the industry is recovering and experiencing a significant shortage of aviation maintenance technicians. A need that is now only exacerbated by veteran mechanics retiring in increasing numbers. In fact, Boeing estimates that 739,000 new aviation maintenance technicians will be needed globally in the next 20 years.

By helping launch this initiative, NAA will increase its investment in and opportunity for the next generation of aviation maintenance technicians, who are essential to the aviation industry!


Students with Financial Need or Expectational Academic Merit Should Apply

The Financial Need Scholarship will help socio-economically disadvantaged students develop their potential, achieve their goals, and become successful. An application process will determine the student’s ability to pay direct and indirect school expenses. Newly enrolled students who have the greatest need will receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants can apply for the scholarship up to 10 times and receive up to $5,000 maximum.

The Academic Merit Scholarship will use the applicant’s academic performance to assess their worthiness of the award. Applicants must be current students, have the highest GPA score, and the least number of hours missed among other applicants in their class term to receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants can apply for the scholarship up to 10 times and receive up to $5,000 maximum.

To be considered, applicants must submit a 300–500-word essay addressing the following question, “Why hands-on/technical skills important to help solve the program we face today or drive innovation in the future?”


The Future of Maintenance

Additional details about NAA scholarships are forthcoming, so stay tuned for the most current information. We understand that the future of maintenance relies on accessible, high-quality training, and we’re here to provide that and more!

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