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Scholarships at ATCA

The 2024 Scholarship program has closed, and the 2025 Scholarship program will open for application submissions the first week in March 2025, and will close on May 1, 2025. Through the generous support of donations from ATCA's members, we award between $5,000 - $15,000 total in scholarships annually.

Please help us support our future aviation professionals with a donation to the ATCA scholarship program.

ATCA is proud to have our scholarships listed in the annual University Aviation Association (UAA) Collegiate Aviation Catalog. Please review the catalog here to see other aviation scholarships that you might qualify for and apply to.

ATCA Scholarship Categories

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


ATCA Scholarship Fund

The ATCA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to outstanding aviation students and children of air traffic controllers. ATCA's wonderful candidates, exceptional winners, and generous scholarship partners and donors are the ones who make it happen. With the continued support of the aviation community for this industry-sustaining program, we hope to award at least as much in the future. But we need your support to do it.

“Receiving an ATCA scholarship helped me set my career in motion. It allowed me to come to the annual conference, network, and make lifelong connections as well as take part of the financial stress off of myself in college. I am now an air traffic controller at Potomac TRACON in Virginia and the President of the Capital Region Chapter of Women In Aviation, and happy to have those connections I made with ATCA years ago!”
-Natelie Chappell (Scholarship Recipient) 
"Thank you for providing the resources I needed to succeed. Your support played a key role in making my dreams a reality!"
- Jen Lewis (Scholarship Recipient)
"I would never have been able to reach where I am today without this kind of support, and I am forever grateful."
- Alvaro Delgado (Scholarship Recipient)
"I am incredibly grateful and honored to have received an ATCA scholarship. Thanks, ATCA for investing in my future!"
- Lindsay Price (Scholarship Recipient)