Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for the Online Application:
Please review the information below before contacting us. Most of the issues and questions we have received regarding the scholarship and the application process are answered below. The tips for completing the online application section at page bottom will help ensure you best provide us the information we seek. Thank you!
What are the age requirements for The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. scholarship?
An applicant must be between the age of 16 and 23 years old as of the application deadline date.
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 and am working on my instrument rating, can I still apply?
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.
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.
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.
Tips for completing the Online Application:
Tell us about your Extracurricular Activities.
When entering your extracurricular activities, summarize your involvements beyond the classroom. You may make an entry for each event and activity or do a single entry resume style noting your involvements such as:
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:
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)