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VFF Scholarship Application Process

Each year, Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships are awarded to college students demonstrating an interest in pursuing engineering related careers in vertical flight technology.

The Foundation scholarship awards are made possible solely by tax deductible donations that have been established and contribute to an endowment. The scholarships are solely merit-based and the value of scholarships range up to $6,000 (USD).

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship! Please read all of the guidelines before you begin your application: VFF Scholarship Application Guidelines.

Feb. 4, 2019 is the submission due date for ALL VFF scholarship documents.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship:

  • You do not need to be a member of the Vertical Flight Society, but we encourage you to explore the many benefits student membership  can provide.

  • Applicants must be in the relevant degree program at least one-term after the scholarship will be presented at the Society's Annual Forum in the month of May.

  • Applicants must be a full-time college student at an accredited school in a technical program. Technical disciplines relevant to complex aeronautics or aeronautics engineering or aviation systems, even if not directly considered vertical lift engineering, will receive equal consideration.

  • A student can receive an award once as an undergraduate, once as a graduate student in a master's degree program, and once as a graduate student in a doctoral program.

Eligibility for each category is as follows:

Undergraduate / Bachelor's (BS) Degree Category

  • A college student pursuing an eligible undergraduate degree.

  • The student will have at least one-term of university work towards the relevant Bachelor's program, after the awarding of scholarships at the Annual Forum in May.

Note: a senior graduating in May is eligible to apply for the MS category if they will be continuing immediately after graduation to a graduate studies program, either MS or PhD, in a relevant degree program. If the senior is not accepted into a relevant graduate program by May, the student is not eligible.

Master of Science (MS) Degree Category

  • A Masters student pursuing an eligible MS degree.

  • The student will have at least one-term of university work towards their current MS program or continuing into a relevant PhD program, after the awarding of scholarships at the Annual Forum in May.

Note: if in a combined Masters/PhD program, the student is eligible under the MS category if they have not passed qualifying exams as of the application deadline in February and do not already have an MS degree.

Doctoral (PhD) Degree Category

  • A graduate student who already has an MS degree or is in a combined MS/PhD program and verification of formally meeting doctoral degree requirement such as qualifying exams.

  • The student will have at least one-term remaining in their current PhD program, after the awarding of scholarships at the Annual Forum in May.

How to Apply

Completing the Application Packet

Refer to the VFF Scholarship Application Guidelinesfor detailed information and templates.

A complete application package must include the following:

  • Completed Scholarship Application Form

  • Resume

  • Narrative

  • Official University/School Transcript

  • Professor Letter of Recommendation

Important due dates:

  • ALL VFF documents are due on or before Feb. 4, 2019, whether submitting electronically or mailed. Documents received after Feb. 4, 2019 will not be eligible for review.
  • Documents are to be sent directly to the VFF Coordinator.

Vertical Flight Society
Attention: Julie M. Gibbs, VFF Coordinator
2701 Prosperity Ave., Suite 210
Fairfax, VA 22031-4314 USA
Tel: 703-684-6777 Ext. 103

Application

Complete the application. To determine at which level you are applying, see the eligibility examples above.

Narrative

The narrative should provide a personal statement regarding your passion for aeronautics, aeronautical engineering or complex aviation systems and vertical flight technology specifically. The narrative should not be a restatement of your resume or description of research.

Resume

Please use the template provided in the scholarship application form (in PDF or Word format) and be as precise and accurate as possible. The resume should include career objectives; school and/or employment history and experience, including relevant research; papers/publications or presentations; and extra-curricular activities.

Transcripts

Once you have determined that you are eligible to apply for a VFF scholarship, order your transcripts, including the most recent set of grades issued.

  • Transcripts must be received directly from the University Office of the Registrar – VFS will not accept transcripts sent by students.
  • Transcripts must be mailed, unopened directly to the VFF Coordinator, from your university's Office of the Registrar on or before the due date.
  • Transcripts may also be sent by a secure electronic link from the Office of the Registrar directly to the VFF Coordinator on or before the due date.
  • If your transcript is not in English, VFS will request that the applicant provide a translation in English, which must be accredited by a letter from your professor verifying the accuracy of the translation.
  • If your school cannot provide an official transcript, an equivalent disclosure of academic standing may be provided and must be endorsed by the relevant head of curriculum.
  • If there is a problem submitting the transcript on time, contact the VFF Student Coordinator immediately.

Professor Letter of Recommendation

At least one letter of recommendation is required from a professor very familiar with you and your course work.

  • The professor should provide a statment as to where you stand in regard to the students he/she has taught in his/her career and state if the student is in the tope 5, 10 or 25% of the class based on his/her experience with all their students, past and present.
  • It is imperative the professor understand the recommendation guidelines. Please refer to Page 5 of the VFF Scholarship Application Guidelines and provide them to your professor.
  • The recommendation letter must be sent by the professor to the VFF Coordinator on or before Feb. 4, 2019 and must be signed by the Professor. VFS will NOT accept recommendation letters from students.

How Your Application Is Evaluated

All applications are reviewed by the VFF Scholarship Committee. Several scholarships are awarded each year by the Vertical Flight Foundation, unless there are no qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the VFF Coordinator in late March/early April.

Weighting Factors

Your application is evaluated based on:

VFF Weighing Factors

  • 35% Experience. Experience consists of work history, research, paper publications from resume.
  • 25% Narrative
  • 20% Letters of Recommendation. It is your responsibility to provide the guidelines to your professor.
  • 10% Academics
  • 10% Extra-curricular activities

History

The Vertical Flight Society's philanthropic arm, the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF), was established in 1967. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust for the support of education in rotorcraft and vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft technology. The Foundation's awards are made possible solely by tax deductible donations.

Since 1977, the Foundation has awarded over 500 scholarships and these scholarships have been awarded to students from throughout the world who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing engineering careers in the vertical flight industry. All scholarships are thanks to the generosity and support of our contributors.