A Brief Review of the Aerospace Scholarships Guide

I know I’m supposed to build up to the big reveal but I don’t see the point in wasting any time. While the guide does list a large number of scholarships, there are also quite a few errors that make the product feel neglected and in some instances, becomes unusable. In my case, there was also a lack of communication from the team that handles the guide, which does not inspire confidence.

The Aerospace Scholarships website states that “Entries are updated regularly to assure accuracy.” but I don’t think they give as close an inspection as truly needed. Even right there, shouldn’t that be “ensure” instead of “assure?” I’m truly not great with grammar but the fact that I’m picking up on the mistakes means things must be pretty bad.

And there’s even a spelling error in one of the next lines on the site: “The information concerning each scholarship is presented in a compete and simplified format.“

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As a new listener to the Aviation Careers Podcast, I’ve enjoyed the episodes that Carl has produced. There are some interesting and informational guests and topics and my only complaint is that I wish each episode were longer. Carl mentions the guide quite a bit so I eventually caved in and purchased a copy. I costs only $10 and if you’re awarded even just one scholarship, you’ll no doubt make your money back many times over.

But with the “over 200” scholarships available in the guide, there are just 22 that I might be or become eligible for. I also bookmarked 35 that may be technically possible to win but could be difficult (many needing sponsorship by a current member or were part of a “group” where I could only submit two applications toward, etc.).

The scholarships YOU qualify for will completely depend on your specific situation but to give you a little background on me, I’m a white male in my early 30’s with a bachelor’s degree and no prior flight experience. I’m also about to make a career change to pursue my ATP certificate for a job at the airlines by way of an accelerated program.

As I went through the PDF version of the scholarship guide, making notes on each scholarship and investigating whether or not I could qualify, I found quite a few issues.

Sidenote: I should've waited until the book went on sale because discounts seem to be fairly frequent. I’m of the belief that if the guide is being sold at a discount, then by paying full price, I overpaid. Just like anyone else would be, I wasn’t happy to find a discount code after I made my purchase. To hear more on why discounts are a bad idea, I highly recommend watching this video: Discounts Are Slowly Killing Your Brand. I also have to note that I was given a full refund but more on that later.

I wish I could share the over 20 mistakes I found in the guide but I don’t want to give away the contents of the guide without permission. The mistakes I came across were wide in range:

  • Broken links from the guide to the scholarship application

  • Many completely non-working links to scholarships from the Categorical Index

  • Scholarships in the Index linking to wrong scholarships

  • Spelling typos and grammatical errors

  • Some scholarships were completely missing from the guide even though they were listed in the Index

  • At least one scholarship is listed in the guide but not actually available for 2019

Overall, I'm disappointed with the finished quality and expected more. I do understand that it can’t be easy to keep up with all of this but the verbiage on the Aerospace Scholarships Book website implies it would be more tightly put together.

After making notes on the mistakes I found, I sent an email to Carl. In each podcast episode, it’s mentioned many times to email in with any questions or feedback but I never received a reply, even after multiple repeat emails. A few weeks went by and all of a sudden, I was refunded my order without any reference to my emails. While appreciated, I wasn’t actually looking for a refund but an explanation of the mistakes.

Another issue I have (but isn’t an error) is how the guide is updated. After buying my PDF copy, I made tons of notes, on the actual PDF. If the next version comes out as a completely new PDF, I’ll have to go through it line by line to compare the differences.

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I would highly recommend finding a better method of updating that mentions or highlights the updates/revisions.

What I’d really like to see is an online version that is sort-able based on specific parameters. For example, you could select checkboxes that pertain to your specific situation (sex, age, flight experience, etc.), and it will return a list of scholarships that could be available to you. And possibly even notify you by email once a new scholarship is added that meets your unique criteria.

But for now, I’d be happy if they just worked on improving the current guide and focusing on accuracy.

The Verdict: Buy the guide at a discount if you’re not up for doing some research on scholarships yourself. If you do buy it though, be prepared for a number of broken links or missing information. I’m hoping they’ll start keeping a closer eye on future versions as this could be a very useful tool.

CAF AirPower History Tour 2014 - KRBD

The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour recently came through town and I spent the day checking out a lot of great aircraft and other WWII era displays. Here's just a few of the photos I took and you can check out more on my Flickr page. If you can, take the time to see these old warbirds in person before they're no longer around as many are the very last ones still flying. 











Eyes on the Sky


Since as far back as I can remember, I've been interested in all things aviation. The past few years, the interest has been pretty dormant but the last couple months has been a completely different story.

I've been finding myself at various flight museums, air shows, and the local municipal airport to just watch panes come and go and I can't seem to shake the flying bug.

With knowing that I want to get my pilots license someday and my personality of wanting to be as prepared as possible, I've started getting back into flight simulators (X-Plane) and I hope to have a yoke and rudder pedals soon so I can get some realistic practice in.

Both money and time are the obstacles holding me back from getting into flight school but I'm creative. I actually found some scholarships I may be able to get and just recently joined my local EAA chapter and hope to meet some useful contacts through that program.

For now, I've settled on reading articles online and watching YouTube videos to absorb as much information as possible. That sounds like it's not enough but with the amount of quality instruction online, you'd be surprised.

If you have any tips or know anyone who wants to share their 2 cents about obtaining a pilots license, send 'em my way.

Even though the photo above was taken an extremely long time ago, I think my kid brother and I did a good job of acting like we knew how to fly.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum


Since moving to Texas, I've found out there's quite a number of nearby flight museums and I've had a blast visiting a few of them. The most recent one I checked out was the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas. They have a lot of planes on display and a good number of them are still in flying condition which is great to see at it shows there are mechanics and volunteers working to restore and maintain these classic aircraft.

You can also book time for a flight in their airworthy planes which range from a Boeing Stearman to a P-51D Mustang. Personally, I’d love to ride on the monster that is the AD-5 Skyraider.

In addition to the vintage warbirds on display, they have a good number of other items such as a 1950’s Willys (aka Jeep), a few antique civilian cars, AM General Deuce and a Half, and a 1942 Super Sherman tank that fought in the “Six Days War” before being sold as surplus.

Overall, there's lots to check out and I recommend taking your time to fully enjoy all the history they have in their multiple hangars. Visit my Flickr album to see all of the photos I took but here's a few shots of my favorite planes on display.