The AIAA Foundation takes pride in working with families and organizations to fund, recognize and honor many student and professional awards and the success of their contributions to the aerospace industry.

Educator Achievement Awards recognizes excellence in aerospace education. Every two years, the AIAA Foundation recognizes up to five outstanding educators for their accomplishments in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to K–12 students and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence Established in 1998, the AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence acknowledges outstanding achievements by individuals or groups in the aerospace community. Eligible nominees will offer a unique achievement or extraordinary lifetime contributions inspiring the global aerospace community.

College Scholarships and Awards AIAA Foundation provides undergraduate scholarships, graduate awards, design competition awards and student conference awards to assist in the financial aspect of earning aerospace degrees.

Meet the 2016 Scholarship & Award Winners

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship  
  • SpitzerWinner2016

    Recipient: Diana Nguyen

  • David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship  
  • ThompsonWinner2016

    Recipient: Erin Tesny

  • Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • PritchettWinner2016

    Recipient: McKenzie Kinzbach

  • Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship
  • RankinWinner2016

    Recipient: Eylul Bilgin

  • Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship
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    Recipient: Andrea Martinez

  • Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship
  • PendrayWinner2016

    Recipient: Tammy Witzen

  • Liquid Propulsion TC Scholarship
  • LiquidPropWinner2016

    Recipient: Aadil Pappa

  • Space Transportation TC Scholarship
  • SpaceTrans

    Recipient: Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco

  • George and Vicki Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering
  • MuellnerWinner2016

    Recipient: Andrew Orme

  • Werner von Braun Scholarship
  • VonBraunWinner2016 

    Recipient: Young Wu

Graduate Awards

  • Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award
  • GNCGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Patrick Kenneally

  • John Leland Atwood Graduate Award
  •   AtwoodGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Markus Geiss

  • Luis de Florez Graduate Award
  • deFlorezGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Vaibhav Kumar

  • Neil Armstrong Graduate Award
  • ArmstrongGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Connie Liu

  • Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
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    Recipient: Trevor Bennett

  • Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  • 2WrightGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Robert Jacobi

  • William T. Piper, Sr. General Aviation Systems Graduate Award
  • PiperGradWinner2016

    Recipient: Evan Harrison

Donations To Date $1,528,206 GOAL$2,000,000 Join us as we strive to match another million dollars to promote education
and recognize excellence in the aerospace community.
Donations To Date $1,528,206 GOAL$2,000,000 Join us as we strive to match another million dollars to promote education
and recognize excellence in the aerospace community.

"AIAA will match individual and corporate donations up to $2 million dollars (of unrestricted funds) — doubling your impact."


Middle school students experiencing the F-35 simulator at Generation STEM, January 2017 in Dallas, Texas.