DiversiFlite Scholars Program

April 20, 2022: VFS is very pleased to announce that we have made our selection for the 2022 DiversiFlite Scholars! Learn more about these inspiring students who will be participating in Forum 78 in Ft Worth, Texas, on May 10-12!


UMD DBVF 2021 TeamAs part of the VFS DiversiFlite initiative, we are pleased to launch this year our DiversiFlite Scholars program, which seeks to provide opportunities for underrepresented university students who have an interest in vertical flight. The program selects students at any US recognized Minority Serving Institution (MSI) for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Society's 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display, May 10-12, 2022, in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Application Process and Eligibility

Applications are due by the extended deadline of Tuesday, March 29, no later than 11:59 pm EST (UTC-4). Selections will be announced no later than Friday, April 15. Download the application (MS Word).

The DiversiFlite Scholars application is extremely simple. Applicants are required to provide demographic information and describe their interest in aerospace and vertical flight, and how they would benefit from attending the Annual Forum. In addition, an unofficial transcript from your college or university is required. Email both the completed application and the unofficial transcript (PDF preferred) to scholars@vtol.org.

Full-time students at US Minority Serving Institutions in any kind of engineering (or pre-engineering for an Associate's Degree) program are eligible to apply. Schools must be on at least one of these official US government lists of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Because there is not an easy-to-use official US government list of MSIs, we accept students from any school included in the MSI Directory compiled by Rutgers University.

Student applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States or one of its territories. US citizenship is not required. Students studying outside of the United States are not eligible. Applicants are not required to be members of VFS.

Questions? Contact us at scholars@vtol.org.

Program Details

DiversiFlite Scholars will have the opportunity to expand their network, learn about opportunities available in the vertical flight industry, and hear from engineers and scientists on the latest research and development. Special activities will also be designed to enhance the DiversiFlite Scholars’ experience. 

Students selected as a DiversiFlite Scholar will receive the following included benefits:

  • Round trip transportation from any point in the United States and its territories
    • Reimbursement for roundtrip coach airfare and ground transportation at each end
    • For winners who need not or prefer not to fly, equitable accommodations will be made
  • Forum registration (includes all meals and access to all events)
    • Lunches and some other meals are provided during the event to attendees
    • Funding will be provided for all other meals while in Ft. Worth for the event, at the US government per diem rates 
  • A private hotel room for the duration of the conference at one of the official Forum hotels
  • A guide/mentor for the event to help make the most of this unique opportunity
  • Special small-group meetings with aerospace industry leaders
  • The opportunity to make new contacts within the vertical flight technical community

There will be up to three DiversiFlite Scholars selected for the 2022 cohort.

COVID Impacts

Forum 78 is scheduled to be in-person. In the event that COVID-19 causes a change in plans, the program could be transitioned to a virtual format and students will have the opportunity to participate virtually.


Posted Feb. 10, 2022; updated March 15, 2022.