Scholarships Categories:

The 2022 ATCA Scholarship application period is closed.
• The 2023 Scholarship will open for application submissions in May 2023.

Scholarship Categories:

Please review our scholarship program categories to see which suit your circumstances. 

  • Category A - Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship

    Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program
    at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as
    directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.

  • Category B - Lawrence C. Fortier Memorial Scholarship

    Students enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree
    or higher in an aviation-related course of study.

  • Category C - Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship

    Full-time employees enrolled in advanced study programs to improve their skills
    in air traffic control or an aviation discipline.

  • Category D - Buckingham Memorial Scholarship 

    U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time
    in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher.Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Committee;  the committee will review all applications in mid June.

Winners will be notified of their decision shortly thereafter, and announced on this website and ATCA publications.

ATCA Scholarship Fund

The ATCA Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to outstanding aviation students and children of air traffic controllers. ATCA's wonderful candidates, exceptional winners, and generous scholarship partners and donors are the ones who make it happen.

With the continued support of the aviation community for this industry-sustaining program, we hope to award at least as much in the future.
But we need your support to do it. Interested in donating? Learn more.  

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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

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