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Support the VFF Program!

2016 Winners with Scholarship Committee Chair Mr. Daniel Newman (left) and 1977 Inaugural Winner Dr. William Warmbrodt (right)

The Vertical Flight Foundation was established in 1967 as the philanthropic arm of the American Helicopter Society. As a charitable organization, the Foundation's operation is made possible solely through voluntary tax-deductible contributions.

100% of every tax-deductible contribution to VFF goes directly to student scholarships. AHS International covers all overhead costs of administration and accounting, and contributes a portion of its revenue to supplementing individual contributions.

2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Vertical Flight Foundation, and we are initiating a Capital Campaign to increase our endowment to reach even more students in the future. Learn about VFF's history and its achievements in the May/June 2017 Vertiflite commentary.

Please support us by giving in honor of "50th Capital Campaign"!

Your contributions at work

Your support of the Vertical Flight Foundation has a direct impact on the advancement of current and next-generation vertical flight technologies. By contributing, you become an essential part of realizing our vision for the future by helping develop our future leaders and supporting deserving students.

Here are a few ways VFF's impact has grown over the years, thanks to you:

Total Scholarships Awarded (by year)

VFF Scholarships by Dollar Amount Ten Years

VFF's reach is broad-based and effective

VFF Pie Charts 2016


The easiest way to get started fostering tomorrow's vertical flight talent is to make a donation. If you'd prefer to contribute by check, please make it payable to "VFF." Our mailing address is:

Vertical Flight Foundation
c/o AHS International
2701 Prosperity Ave., Suite 210
Fairfax, VA 22031-4314 USA

If you have any questions, please contact Betty Chen, VFF Scholarship Coordinator, by phone at 703-684-6777 x102 or by email.

Not an AHS member yet?

If you are not currently a member of AHS, why not join us? Besides helping support some of the world's most talented engineering students, as a member of the world's oldest society dedicated to the advancement of vertical flight you'll be able to enjoy many other benefits. If you'd like to know more, please contact Valerie Sheehan, AHS Director of Membership, at 703-684-6777 x107 or by email.