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Application FAQ & Tips

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Scholarship Application window opens each year October 31st to the following January 31st. Most of the issues and questions we have received regarding the scholarship and the application process are answered below.

Please review the information on this page before contacting us.

Be sure you read Tips for completing the Online Application section at the page bottom! This will help ensure you best provide us the information we seek. Thank you!


What are the basic requirements for The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. scholarship?

  • Applicant must be between the age of 16 and 23 years old as of the application deadline date.
  • They must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.
  • The applicant must never have been charged or convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies.
  • The applicant must be able to read, write, and speak English to FAA standards.

I will not be sixteen by the deadline. Can I still apply?
No, in order to eligible for the scholarship, you must be sixteen as of the deadline. You will need to apply the following year. FAA regulations require you to be 16 to fly solo and 17 to be issued your Private Pilot Certificate.

I am not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Can I apply for the scholarship?
No, unfortunately only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible at this time.

If I am already studying to become a private pilot, am I eligible for this scholarship?
You are eligible if you are pursuing your license on your own, and not part of any college, university or aviation program. In addition, we do not provide loans for any college or university tuition, even if you are in an aviation program.

If I have obtained my private pilot license can I still apply?
No. This scholarship applies only to obtaining a private pilot license. It does not apply to instrument ratings or any other aspect of flight training. This scholarship is not intended for individuals already enrolled in a university based flight program, which offers instruction in private pilot certification as part of the curriculum.

Do I need to have an FAA Medical Certificate or IACRA Login to apply?
No, we do not require that at time of application. To accept a flight training scholarship award you will be required to get an FAA Medical Certificate and your flight instructor will initiate your entry into the FAA IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application) system as required for flight training.

What are the FAA Requirements to complete Private Pilot Certification?

  • You must be at least 17 years of age for your license, 16 years of age to solo.
  • You must be able to read, speak, write and understand English.
  • You must obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate.
  • You must receive Private ground instruction.
  • You must pass a written examination with a score of 70% or better.
  • You must have logged at least 40 hours of flight time, consisting of:
    • 20 hours of flight instruction of which
      • 3 hours is cross-country
      • 3 hours at night (10 takeoffs & landings to a full stop & one cross-country at least 100 NM)
      • 3 hours of instrument training
      • 3 hours in preparation for the flight test within the preceding 60 days
    • 10 hours of solo flight time
      • 5 hours of solo cross-country
        • One cross-country of 150 NM with full-stop landings at a minimum of three points, one leg of which is more than 50 NM between its takeoff and landing locations.
      • 3 solo takeoffs & landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.
    • 10 hours are optional for use as either solo or dual, whichever the instructor feels is needed to best prepare the student.
  • You must successfully complete a flight test given by an FAA Inspector or Designated Examiner.

I have plans over the summer ahead. When do I need to be available for this training?
This scholarship awards each spring in May. The intent of the scholarship is to deliver training from May to November each year when weather conditions are best and students are finished with school/academic obligations and available to fly most days. We can accomodate reasonable absences for a family vacation or camp/internship/leadership experience of two weeks. Multiple or longer absences may render and applicant ineligible due to limited availability.

How Do I Apply?

When do you accept applications?
The application is posted October 31st each year with the deadline being January 31st of the following year. Please bookmark this page for future application information.

Do I need to send an official or unofficial transcript?
An unofficial transcript will be accepted with your application. We may request an official transcript from you prior to issuing an awarded scholarship, at our option.

I received three letters of reference, but you only ask for two. Should I still send all three?
No, if you have three, please send only the best two letters. If you send all three, any two will be selected at random.

I applied for the scholarship and I never heard anything.
You should receive email notification when you submit your application. A second email is sent to all applicants after award recipients have been selected each year notifying everyone that we have made our selections for the scholarship year. The awarded scholarship recipients will be directly contacted by mail, email and phone.

I applied for the scholarship and was not a recipient. Is there any point in applying again?
Yes, we receive so very many worthy applications and can only award a limited number of recipients. Applicants are encouraged to reapply, making sure all required information is received on time. Also, if any areas in your application were lacking, for example, community service or leadership, improvement in those areas would be beneficial.

I did not get an e-mail confirming the receipt of my application.
Upon completion of the online application, a confirmation email will be generated once you submit. Please revisit your application and ensure it was submitted/completed. There are help and contact links on the application site.

Why does it take so long to see the names of the recipients on the website?
Recipients need to be contacted, and all necessary paperwork needs to be verified, prior to the posting of the names on the website. We attempt to complete that in May to ensure the announcement is posted by Memorial Day weekend.

Request For Information

I left a message with a request to have information about the scholarship mailed to me and I have not received anything in the mail?
We do not send any information about the scholarship by mail, ALL information about the scholarship can be found online.

Can you please mail me an application?
We regret that we are unable to mail applications. However, they are accessible online and can be completed online. Applications are open October 31st to January 31st each year.

Tips for completing the Online Application:

Tell us about your Extracurricular Activities.
When entering your extracurricular activities, summarize your involvements beyond the classroom. Please include leadership roles and community service/volunteer involvement as well as sports participation and other organizations you are involved with. You may summarize your activities in a single entry resume style noting your involvements such as:

Activity Name*

Extracurricular Resume

Activity Description

College Extracurricular Activities:

Current Member of Kappa Delta Sorority
Current Member of Leadership and Service Living Learning Program at UK
Volunteer at Give Kids the World in Orlando, FL December 2020

High School Extracurricular Activities:

Basketball Team
Freshman and Junior
Cheerleading Squad – 4 Years
Co-Captain – Senior Year
Volleyball Team – 4 Years
Captain Senior Year

Same advice for entering your honors and awards:
We would like to learn about achievements you have earned. You need not make a single entry for each time an achievement is earned (honor roll/deans list) but a summary can be used.


Honor Roll (2018)
National Honor Society (2019-2021)
Dean’s List (2020-2021)
Eagle Scout (2018)
President’s Award of Educational Excellence 2021

Captain Jason Dahl Aviation Scholarship
$3000.00 award for flight training funding

Scholastic Excellence Award, Civil Air Patrol (2021)
Billy Mitchell Award, Civil Air Patrol (2021)

Letters of Recommendation:

IMPORTANT – You must receive two (2) on file for your application to be scored. (It is the responsibility of The Applicant to track and ensure this is complete by deadline.)

When you enter your recommenders name and contact info they will receive an email link to submit your letter of recommendation. Please contact them to ensure they received it and follow up with them to ensure it is UPLOADED/ENTERED PRIOR TO DEADLINE.

The Essay section:

There are three essay prompts where we wish to learn most why you wish to become a pilot and what inspired you to reach for the sky. We want to hear from you and your original thoughts. We are NOT interested in synthetic or AI/ChatGPT generated content and we if flagged as unoriginal essays we will not consider your answer to the prompt. PLEASE, we want to know why becoming a pilot is important to you in your own words and thoughts.

Good luck to all applicants!