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Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aviation

Classroom to Cockpit

Hodges University continues to create affiliations with flight schools in Florida and around the country. What does that mean for you?

  • While attending flight school, complete your Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation, plus OBTAIN YOUR Private Pilot THROUGH Commercial Licenses, in less than 3 years.
  • Graduate with the degree and experience needed to be a private, instrument, and commercial pilot.
  • Classes include subjects such as Aviation Law, Flight Physiology, Aviation Safety, Flight Planning, Aviation Meteorology, Crew Resource Management, Aerodynamics and Performance, Airline Management, and Advanced Aircraft Systems and Performance.
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Take To The Sky With Hodges

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Hottest Jobs:

  • Commercial Pilot
  • Airline Pilot
  • Charter Pilot

Scholarships and Grants Available!

Don’t wait, Apply Today!

Experience Counts!

Your lead instructor, James Williams, brings more than 45 years of expertise in aviation and management. A pilot in both the military and commercial aviation sectors, he was most recently a Captain for United Airlines. Before that, he served as a fighter pilot and a tanker pilot in the United States Air Force.

  • Major, USAF/Reserve (Ret.)
    • Instructor Pilot: T-38, A-10, KC-10
    • Wing Chief of Standardization and Evaluation
    • Operations Officer
    • Combat Veteran – Including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Balkans War, Somalia
  • Chief of Human Factors and Systems Safety at Northrop-Grumman – B-2 Project, SCAN Eagle Instructor
  • Captain, United Airlines, (Ret.)
    • Instructor Pilot – United Flight Training Center
    • B767,747,747-400 International Pilot
  • Boeing International Instructor Pilot/Training Program Manager
    • 767 Instructor for JAL/ANA
    • 777 Instructor for United, Southern, TAM, Singapore
    • 787 Instructor for United, American, Avianca, Singapore
  • Director of Flight Operations Western Michigan University, Punta Gorda, Florida
  • ATP – 737,747,747-400,757,767, 777, 787, DC-10, CFI, CFII, MEI, Commercial Single-Engine Land/Sea

Aviation Program Scholarship Funds

Don’t let funding your education keep you from achieving your dream of becoming a pilot! We’ve provided a list of third-party scholarship programs that may be able to help you cover the cost of college and are specifically for those pursuing education in the aviation industry.

Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid to determine what other sources they are eligible to receive. To obtain federal, state, and institutional financial aid (including many scholarships), complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To apply for financial aid, you will need to create a Federal Student Aid ID or FSA ID at the FSAID website and submit the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.

Don’t worry if Tuition Assistance or Financial Aid sounds confusing. Hodges’ Financial Aid Staff is here to assist you and will guide you through the process of funding your education. You can do this!

Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 4/1/2021

Amount: $1,000

Given by Wanda Peacock in memory of her late husband, Chuck Peacock. As the founder of the Aircraft Electronics Association, Peacock credited his aviation and business management skills as the cornerstones for his success in the industry. This scholarship is offered to recognize the importance of management skills and is available to a high school senior or college student who plans to attend or […] More

GRCF Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship

Application Deadline: 3/1/2021

Amount: Varies

To be eligible for the Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship, students must be United States citizens, enrolled full- or part-time at a college or university in the United States providing an accredited flight science curriculum. Applicants must be second-year students or above with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in general aviation, […] More

National Aviation Explorer Scholarships 

Application Deadline: 5/31/2021

Amount: $10,000

The National Aviation Exploring Committee awards individual scholarships between $3,000 and $10,000 annually to aviation explorers pursuing a career in the aviation industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship […] More

Pioneers of Flight Scholarship

Application Deadline: 12/25/2020

Amount: $1,000

To be eligible for the Pioneers of Flight Scholarship, applicants must be undergraduate sophomores or juniors enrolled full-time, have a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in general aviation. Recipients will be notified by the end of April and all other applicants will be notified by mid-May. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s […] More

Navigate Your Future Scholarship 

Application Deadline: 6/25/2021

Amount: $2,500

 The Navigate Your Future Scholarship is offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry. Eligible applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate aviation-related program at an accredited college or university. Recipients will be notified by the end of July and all other applicants will be notified by mid-August.. For more information or to […] More

Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship 

Application Deadline: 3/26/2021

Amount: $1,500

The Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship is offered to a college or university student continuing his or her education in the aviation industry. Eligible applicants must: be enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited college/university, or be a high school senior planning a career in the general aviation field; have a 3.0 GPA; and, have a private pilot’s license – a copy must be […] More

Tailhook Educational Foundation (TEF) Scholarships

Application Deadline: 3/2/2021

Amount: $15,000

To be eligible for consideration for a Tailhook Educational Foundation scholarship, an individual must be a high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild of a current or former (U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps / U.S. Coast Guard) Naval Aviator, Naval Flight Officer, or Naval Aircrewman. Also eligible are individuals or children/grandchildren of individuals who […] More

ADMA International

Applications Now Open

Amount: TBD

ADMA offers a scholarship for either a third-year student enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited institution with a major in aviation management or a professional pilot program or a first-year student in an aviation and piloting program at an accredited two-year institution. So long as recipients continue to meet the eligibility requirements, the scholarships are intended to be given for two years. ADMA also offers a scholarship to an aviation educational institution that focuses on youth education. The institution may be an after-school or summer program. More

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

The OBAP offers hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to be used for tuition for an aviation-related college program or further aviation-related training for aspiring aerospace professionals.

National Gay Pilots Association

This organization that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in aviation offers a variety of scholarships with different criteria. The scholarships are open to pilots of any sexual orientation or gender identity, but applicants must be a member of the NGPA and be able to show their support and advocacy for the LGBT community.

Women in Aviation International

For women in the aviation industry, WAI is the best place to go for scholarship money.

The 99s

The 99s is an international society of women pilots that received its name in 1930 after the number of charter members in the group. The organization’s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund offers different scholarships:

  1. The Academic Scholarship offers as much as $10,000 annually for a college degree—from associates to doctorate—related to aviation or aerospace.
  2. The Kitty Houghton Memorial Scholarship provides funds for flight training or education in an aviation-related field of study to a woman from a country with an emerging economy. Applicants may not be from a country that belongs to the Group of Twenty.

The requirements for each of the scholarships vary, but applicants for the first three scholarships must have been a member of The 99s for at least one year as of January 1 of the scholarship year.


The National Business Aviation Association Charities program awards more than $100,000 in tuition-reimbursement scholarships to students pursuing careers in business aviation and an almost equal amount of money to those who already have business aviation careers to pursue additional education or training. More

Alternate Forms of Tuition Assistance

Scholarships are not the only source of financial aid that is available to aviation students. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work-study, and loans.

Financial Aid Programs that are available include:

For more information, visit Hodges U financial aid page.

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