Air Traffic Control Association Scholarship Program

Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.

We wanted to use a fun way to show how much of a difference YOUR money has made in the lives of our ATCA Scholarship recipients. Take a look at the infographic below (and click to see it enlarged) – it displays fundraising goal, the money YOU have helped us raise in the past year, and a few words from past recipients. Then make a goal for YOURSELF - contribute to furthering the education of aviation's students. They will be in YOUR shoes tomorrow.

Meet previous scholarship recipients

ATCA Scholarship Outings

Stay Tuned for Details on the 2014 Fundraiser

Get out of the office and network for a good cause! We have something creative up our sleeves for 2013 where you and your peers in aviation can enjoy a day out and benefit the
ATCA Scholarship Fund (100% of proceeds go to the Fund).


Who is Eligible to Apply to an ATCA Scholarship?


There are 4 categories of ATCA Scholarships. You may apply to more than one category if you meet the requirements.


Category A - Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.



Category B - Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in an aviation-related course of study.



Category C - Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship

Full-time employees enrolled in advanced study programs to improve their skills in air traffic control or an aviation discipline.



Category D - Buckingham Memorial Scholarship

U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher.


Why apply?

ATCA Scholarships are a great opportunity to get financial assistance for tuition, books or any school related expenses. Paying for college can be challenging so why not get rewarded for all your hard work in the classroom.

How do I apply?

Apply online or download and complete the
application and mail it to:

Air Traffic Control Association, Inc.
Attn: Scholarship Fund
1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314




Apply online

The application process

Choose the category of scholarship for
which you wish to apply.


Complete the online application or download the hardcopy version

Mail in your supporting documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation) by the May 1st deadline

Your application will be considered by the Scholarship Committee in mid/late August and you will be notified of their decision shortly thereafter

Support the fund

None of this is possible without the support of our members and sponsors. These scholarships are now more important than ever to the many students they help. You can support the fund by playing in our Bi-Annual Golf Tournament, making donations and entering raffles during our Conferences. On behalf of ATCA and the ATCA Scholarship Fund Board, we want to thank you for your charitable donations to the Scholarship Fund and your participation with this year’s fundraising activities.

Make a donation to ATCA

We invite you to help the next generation of Air Traffic professionals with your generous donation. Donations and sponsorships from companies like yours make these opportunities possible. Your contributions to the future leaders of aviation are always tax deductible (in the United States) and contributors will be provided the appropriate 501(c)(3) number with our acknowledgment of the contribution.

The “Make a Donation” button should link to the Pledge form.


Make a donation

Bi-Annual Golf Tournament

ATCA members play for $110.

Non-members and guests are $150.

A fun day, a great cause, and a chance to network on a beautiful course. Registration includes green fees, cart, beverages, a full, hot bar-b-cue luncheon and a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Space is limited so send in your registration form and fees today! All proceeds benefit the ATCA Scholarship Fund.


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