Scholarship FAQ

Have questions about Aero Club of Buffalo scholarships? See below for the answers to some of our most asked questions.

Scholarship information to Aero Club members 2023 click here to download.

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What Scholarships does the Aero Club of Buffalo (ACOB) offer?

The Aero Club of Buffalo offers the following scholarships:
The Fran Bainbridge Flight Training Scholarship
Awarded to a flight student pursuing a private pilot or higher certificate. Applicants for this scholarship must be between the ages of 17-25 and be a permanent resident or student within the WNY region as defined below. The applicant must have a Student Pilot Certificate and have soloed by the due date of the application.
The Thomas P. Kopera Post-Secondary School Tuition Assistance Scholarship
Awarded to be used toward a degree program or other training. Applicants for this scholarship must be between the ages of 17-25 and be a permanent resident or student living within the WNY region as defined below. Planning a career in the field of aviation, to include, but not limited to: A & P mechanic, aerospace engineer, airport manager, aviation educator, air traffic controller, commercial or airline pilot. This scholarship is offered to endorse and assist your efforts in pursuing your education/career in aviation. Funds awarded may be used for the purpose of related books, materials, aircraft rent and instructor time or tuition expenses.

How much funding does each scholarship provide?

Funding is determined yearly. Funding has ranged from $1500 to $2500 per scholarship.

What county should I reside in to be considered for a scholarship?

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must reside in or be a student in one of the following counties: Niagara, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Monroe, Livingston, Allegany, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, and Schuyler.

Who funds these scholarships?

Funding for these scholarships is generously supported by the Aero Club of Buffalo Members.

What forms do I need to fill out?

Applicants will need to read through the Scholarship Criteria and fill out the two-page application and comply with all requested information asked of the applicant.

Application Form

Scholarship Criteria

When will the scholarships be awarded?

Both scholarships will be awarded at the Niagara Aerospace Museum’s Hall of Fame Dinner to be held May 12, 2023 at Banchetti’s Restaurant in Amherst, NY.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

Please contact Scholarship Chair Pamela Crassidis at