Nothing should stand in the way of your dreams

For those who have the drive and desire to pursue a career in the aviation industry, the Museum has created scholarships to help you achieve that dream. Whether you want to build an airplane or fly one, the Museum has a scholarship for you.

Captain Michael King Smith Private Pilot Scholarship

Each year, two Yamhill County junior or senior high school students (aged 16-18) who possess an enthusiasm for aviation are chosen to receive this scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $2,500 and can be applied toward ground school instruction, dual and solo flight instruction, pre- and post-flight instruction, the FAA written test and flight examiner’s fee for the private pilot check ride. Note: Actual expenses to complete the training may exceed the scholarship gift amount.

All applications must be received by each February 28. Winners of the Private Pilot Scholarship will be announced by the first business day in April. Download Application PDF

Thomas E. “Tom” Pitzer Aviation Maintenance Scholarship

This scholarship provides $1,000 to help a worthy candidate pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree with FAA A&P Certification. The scholarship is offered to an Oregon public high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and plan to attend an accredited and FAA approved school within Oregon, such as Lane or Portland Community College, and start in the fall term.

The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition and books only. Upon receipt of the degree, the recipient of the scholarship must commit to working three years within the aviation maintenance industry.

All applications must be received by the last business day each February. Download Application PDF


To apply:

To be considered, applicants must submit:

1. A complete application (each scholarship has a different application form link, above) including a brief resume
2. A one-page essay describing their interest in obtaining a private pilot license and/or aviation maintenance degree
3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or a career guidance counselor

Complete applications must be mailed or faxed to:

Attn: Scholarship Committee Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville, OR 97128

Fax Number: 503-434-4188

If you have any questions, please contact our Education Department at 503-434-4185 or

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