To start off, we all know, to be a pilot is expensive. And good scholarships is the need of the hour. It’s very difficult for a middle class individual to afford such an expensive education. Even if he/she is able to arrange that money, a lifetime is spent in repaying the debts. The aviation field is only being ruled by the elite and rich. I strongly believe it’s time this changes.
These are strong words, but flying being such an expensive field, is creating rich pilots but maybe not talented ones. So the need for the hour is scholarships in the field of Aviation. An aviation scholarship will create a pathway to flying for even the middle and lower classes of our society and bring fresh talent in. The unaffordable nature of flying training is slowly leading to a drain of talent in the field of aviation.
I have mentioned this previously as well, To fly, is a privilege. I keep saying this because its a difficult field to enter into. You not only need strong finances but also the brains to step into this glorious field. Those who are talented, do not have the money and those who have money, aren’t talented enough.
Scholarships by the government
When it comes to scholarships, I’m sorry to say that Government of India has not many programs that support flying. But let me still list out a few. You can check out a few like-
- Scholarship by Ministry of Tribal Affairs
- Scholarships by Rajiv Gandhi foundation
- The DGCA scholarship
I tried to research into these scholarship programs. On calling up these organisations, they said that the scholarship program is still there, but they will announce when and how the grants will be available. Especially with covid coming into the picture, companies have also stopped giving scholarships. But you can surely enquire into scholarships listed above.
Scholarships by private entities
1. Hercules training academy scholarships
An academy run by Indian armed forces veterans has listed out a scholarship on their website. Eligible candidates will be able to apply for FLYING TRAINING and GROUND TRAINING scholarships of up-to Rupees three lakh fifty thousand (INR 3,50,000/-) and Rupees one lakh fifty thousand (INR 1,50,000/-) respectively. Heres the link- https://herculesaviationtraining.com/scholarship/
2. SBM scholarship for flying training
Santosh Babu Memorial Scholarship for Flying Training is in fond and proud remembrance of the brave officer. He will continue to inspire generations to come. The total amount available towards the scholarship is Rupees Thirty-Five lakhs (INR 35,00,000/-) to be distributed equally among ten students.
3. SAM SCHOLARSHIP FOR GROUND TRAINING
Sunil Agnihotri Memorial Scholarship for Ground Training is dedicated to providing a merit-based platform to students to kick-start their aviation careers. The total amount available towards the scholarship is Rupees Thirty lakhs (INR 30,00,000/-) to be distributed equally among twenty students.
4. Sapno Ki Udaan Scholarship
SAPNO KI UDAAN, the initiative will help those bright young women who are unable to pursue their dreams due to lack of financial support. Honda will provide 100% scholarship to 20 deserving young females from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan & Karnataka in becoming commercial pilots. It will bear the entire cost of training right from their selection to a training period of 18 months in one of India’s leading flying schools and later will assist them in getting jobs as commercial pilots. Heres the link- https://www.honda2wheelersindia.com/CSR/Home/ProjectSpecific/46
5. JRD TATA Scholarship
This is a grant for candidates who are keen on pursuing the Commercial Pilots License course or for those who would like to pursue type rating after obtaining their license to fly a certain type of aircraft. This grant is offered to students pursuing the course in India or overseas, and subject to their performance during the interview. Heres the link: https://www.tatatrusts.org/our-work/individual-grants-programme/education-grants
I am also striving to create a scholarship program since years now with initiatives like #Aviationforall where I aim at launching scholarship programs for Individuals who cannot afford flying training. I have been collecting money by teaching aviation subjects on various platforms and all the money goes into the scholarship program. Hopefully such programs come ahead soon.
Maybe this write up might have just made you upset. I would still say that, if you have a dream and the passion to achieve something, no matter how hard it is, you will find a way. There is always a way, you just need to find it. Dream, believe, work, achieve, that’s been my motto all my life.
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