Are you a high school student interested in drones? Are you a high school educator who’s passionate about STEM education and inspiring your students to get more involved in sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems)?
The Drone Pilot Ground School scholarship provides free access to our online Part 107 test prep course ($299 value) to U.S. high school students looking to get their FAA drone pilot license.
The first 100 scholarship applicants who finish their studying and take the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test will also have their FAA test fee ($150) covered by our scholarship.
Our full curriculum is available here. This course helps students study for the FAA’s Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test to gain an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.
There are an unlimited number of scholarships available, and students will be accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis.
Please read through the following eligibility requirements and application instructions before filling out the form on this page.
- Student must be at least 16 years old
- Student must be currently enrolled in high school
- Student must live in the U.S.
How to Apply
Students must complete the application form, which is organized into three sections:
1. Applicant Details
Pretty self-explanatory! If you have a school email address, we prefer you to use that.
2. School Sponsor Details
Students must upload a letter of support from an educator in their school that explains why the student is a good candidate for this specific scholarship. This could be a teacher, robotics or engineering club leader, an administrator, etc.
Please use the school email address of your school sponsor when submitting your application.
3. Questions for Applicant
Also as part of the application, students must answer the following questions. We expect the answer to each question to be 250-500 words:
- Tell us your drone story. How did you first learn about drones? What captivates you about small unmanned aerial systems?
- Tell us about your involvement in drones to date. What models have you flown? What would you like to fly? Are you a member of any school clubs, classes, or organizations that have helped to push your interest forward?
- How do you plan to use your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate? What are your professional aspirations in the drone industry?
4. Submitting Your Application
It’s important to note that you cannot save your work as you go, so we strongly recommend working in a separate document to create your answers to the questions, and then pasting them into this form on this page once they are complete, along with your letter of recommendation.
All blocks of the form must be filled out prior to submitting your application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling, case-by-case basis. After submitting your application, you can expect to hear back from us within 1-2 weeks.
Successful applicants will demonstrate serious intent to study for and to pass the FAA Part 107 exam by providing thorough, thoughtful answers to the three questions asked, as well as securing a strong letter of recommendation. Answers that only contain a few sentences and appear hastily written / have spelling and grammar errors will likely not result in a successful outcome.
This scholarship is for students who are actively interested in pursuing FAA certification to be a commercial drone pilot. Any student whose account goes dormant for 6 months, without the coursework having been completed, may have his or her access to Drone Pilot Ground School revoked.
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