• Applicants must be available May 1st through mid - July for follow up calls and/or email with any questions that the ATCA Scholarship Committee may have regarding your application
• The announcement of ATCA Scholarship winners will occur in late July, 2022


I am not a U.S. Citizen. Can I apply for a scholarship?

ATCA Scholarships are for US Citizens Only

Can I send my letters of recommendation separately from my scholarship application?

Yes; however, the letters of recommendation must be received by ATCA no later than May 1, 2022 in order for the application to be considered.

Can my letters of recommendation be from family members?

The best ones are written by someone from outside of your immediate family; someone who has known you for over a year, has regular contact with you and can attest to your character, initiative, and performance results.

To whom should the letters of recommendations be addressed to?

Letters should be addressed to the ATCA Scholarship Committee.

Do you have to be in an aviation school to apply?

You must be accepted to enroll or are enrolled, and you must provide written confirmation of your matriculation before awarded funds are dispersed to your school's bursar's office.

Please see specific details below:


Category A – Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship 

– requires student to be 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 

– student must be enrolled half – to full- time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher in an aviation-related course

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/step – children/grand-children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half – to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher


Are you strict about the application deadline?

Yes. Applications received after May 1st will not be considered.

Will I be notified when my application was received?

Yes, you will receive an email upon receipt of your scholarship application submission.

What if I cannot write my essay in under 500 Words? Will you still accept it?

This is an excellent opportunity to have someone you regard/respect to review your essay. Good editing will allow you to share your story in 500 words or less. Spend time on your essay and tell your story.

What should be in the letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation should highlight something significant the author wants the scholarship committee to know about you and why the committee should strongly consider you for selection as a scholarship recipient.


  • Read the requirements and follow all directions paying attention to the details.
  • If a certified transcript is required – be sure it is certified
  • Can I write more than 500 words in my essay? Please keep essays within the specified word count.
  • Don’t miss the deadline and start early.
  • Make sure your application package is complete and ALL requested material is included. Incomplete application packages will not be reviewed.
  • Do not include things that are not requested in the application – i.e. photos, videos, etc.
  • Proofread and review thoroughly before submission and consider having a mentor review for completeness prior to submission.

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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    Established in Washington, D.C., in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.
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