Scholarship Contest

The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc., application (*found on the ‘Application’ page and to be downloaded by applicant) and MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT.  Read the application carefully.


NOTE: Hearing impaired and disabled individuals may still qualify for a scholarship to obtain “Light Sport” aviation category rating or “Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic” certification. Furthermore, the competition is open to anyone regardless of race, creed, or gender. Each applicant must meet all other Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) qualifications and requirements.

There are two categories of scholarships being offered to the winners of this competition.

  1. The Private Pilot, Light Sport, or A&P Mechanic certification categories are open to applicants ages 16-20 years at the time of application. This scholarship limit is $10,000.
  2. The Advanced Certification category is open to applicants ages 18-25 years at the time of application who hold a current private pilot license. This scholarship limit is $5,000.
  • Entrants may only apply to one category per year.
  • Entrants under the age of 18 years at the time of entry must have parent’s written approval.
  • Entry submission requirements are the same for both categories of the competition.
  • All entries become the exclusive property of The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc.
  • Each entry will be judged by the same criteria in the first two stages of competition.
  • Stage One:

The entry deadline is November 30 of each year. Scholarships will be awarded the following year.

Each contestant must submit a completed application form to The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc., by mail prior to September 1 of each year of intended entry of contest.

If a contestant has not sent in their application prior to their entry, then their video entry will not be considered in the final contest judging. If a video is tardy and arrives past the deadline, it will not be considered unless arrangements have been made prior to the deadline.

Contestants must develop a video with audio (DVD) which must be at least 12 minutes, but does not exceed 15 minutes, in duration.

The content of the DVD must contain the following:

  1. The narrator must mention “The Arthur Godfrey Aviation Foundation” at least four times within the video.
  2. The purpose of the video.
  3. Your passion for flying and where and when you became interested in aviation.
  4. Your name and age, where you live (city and country of residence), and goals (personal and career).
  5. Where you plan to attend flight school.
  6. Whether you have any flight experience and, if so, how many hours have you logged. Also, note if you currently rated.
  7. The content of the DVD needs to promote general aviation toward individuals ages 16-20 who are not currently involved in aviation. Contestants who use music as a part of their production should credit the artist on the DVD credits or endeavor to have the artist’s written permission. Provide a copy of the release to The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc.

Contestants should post their video on the Internet, post a link to the location, and make certain to note that it is for The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation Scholarship Contest. Each contestant will mail 5 DVD or CD copies of their production to The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc. Joseph J. Gleason, 1545 East Lake Parker Drive Lakeland, Florida 33801 Telephone: (863) 667-1043

The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc., must have received the entry copies of each contestant’s production no later than 6:00 pm on November 30th, or if that date is on a weekend, the last business day prior to November 30. Any production received after that date will not be considered for the current year. All entries should be sent to The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc. Joseph J. Gleason, 1545 East Lake Parker Drive Lakeland, Florida 33801 Telephone: (863) 667-1043

Stage Two:

Following the close of Stage One, the “Selection Committee” will judge all entries.

The Selection Committee consists of prominent members of the media and/or communications industry as well as the Board of Directors of The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc. The Selection Committee will review the CD/DVD submissions made at the start of Stage One and judge them. The Selection Committee will determine all the winners for all Stages.

Note: Judging and scoring will be based upon the following considerations:

  • The production’s age appropriate message content.
  • The visual and/or audio composition.
  • The production’s enunciation in narrative delivery.
  • The production’s creativity.
  • The video’s focus issues. It should not be “fuzzy” or out of focus.
  • The video’s visual (camera) stability. The production should possess no “shaking” issues.
  • The narrator must be the contestant. Narration should flow smoothly from a rehearsed script.
  • The use of multiple cameras and varied angles are an asset. (If necessary, request help from your local school audio visual department).

The winner of the scholarships and /or Finalists will receive notification no later than the end of January.

If there are no videos worthy of awarding of a scholarship due to the lack of quality, the funding will transfer to the subsequent year.

The “First Place” winner must travel at his or her own expense to Lakeland, Florida, or such other location as agreed upon by The Arthur M. Godfrey Foundation, Inc., to receive their scholarship award. Failure to appear will result in the forfeiture of the winner’s scholarship and the funds will divert to the following year.

Scholarships will be awarded with certain restrictions on use including the following:

  1. The winner must undergo training with an FAA certified instructor within the United States.
  2. The scholarship will expire within 36 months if not fully utilized within that time period.
  3. Recipients must demonstrate a normal rate of progression to receive continued funding.
  4. *Other restrictions may apply. See further details as the deadline for submission approaches.

Make sure you understand it is alright to ask for help and the cooperation of others even professionals, teachers, and that includes entire school media departments, as long as you narrate and produce the video, with the proper credits. Aviation is a joint venture and no one does it alone. Therefore learning to depend on others to help complete a project is the proper and correct means to a successful effort, as long as the other individuals get credit for their efforts for helping in your project as well. If you need help or opinions ask for it.

“That is what The Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation, Inc. is all about; asking for help to complete a project”

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“Make sure to tell us where & when your love for aviation started”