Open to HAI members only, the scholarships are available in the areas of aviation maintenance, commercial helicopter pilot ratings, and pilot safety.

HAI is pleased to announce that the association is now accepting applications for its 2023 scholarship program. The program is open to HAI members only. (If you are not an HAI member and would like to join the world’s leading helicopter association, visit https://rotor.org/members/membership-purchase.)

The four scholarship programs available for 2023 are described below.

Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarship
Founded in memory of Bill Sanderson, a longtime industry director and advocate for AMT programs, this scholarship provides full tuition to complete a maintenance course from a selection of courses offered by various airframe and powerplant manufacturers. The award includes a stipend of up to US$1,600 to assist with travel, lodging, and food. Up to seven Bill Sanderson AMT Scholarships may be awarded annually.

The following manufacturers are participating in the program this year:

  • Airbus
  • Bell
  • Leonardo
  • MD Helicopters
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Safran Helicopter Engines.

In addition, Bill Sanderson Scholarship recipients receive:

  • A complimentary full registration for the scholarship recipient and a guest for HAI HELI-EXPO® in Atlanta, Georgia, March 6–9, 2023 (exhibits open Mar. 7–9). Hotel and travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship winner and guest.
  • Formal recognition at HAI’s Annual General Meeting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023.

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to pilots who have their private licenses and are in the process of attaining a commercial helicopter rating. Up to two Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarships may be awarded annually.

The scholarship awards US$5,000 toward the cost of obtaining a commercial helicopter rating. In addition, scholarship recipients receive:

  • A complimentary full registration for the scholarship recipient and a guest for HAI HELI-EXPO 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia (hotel and travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship winner and guest).
  • Formal recognition at HAI’s Annual General Meeting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023.

Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to up to two students studying to become aviation maintenance technicians.

The scholarship awards US$2,500 toward the cost of obtaining an aviation maintenance certificate. In addition, scholarship recipients receive:

  • A complimentary full registration for the scholarship recipient and a guest for HAI HELI-EXPO 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia (hotel and travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship winner and guest).
  • Formal recognition at HAI’s Annual General Meeting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023.

Michelle North Scholarship for Safety
This scholarship is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial rating and who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices.

The scholarship was founded in memory of Michelle North, a longtime industry advocate of safety, to encourage a stronger focus on safety education and training in helicopter operations. One scholarship may be awarded annually.

The scholarship pays the registration fee for the recipient to attend a safety management system (SMS) course, which will be part of the HAI Professional Education Course Program at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition, the scholarship recipient receives:

  • A complimentary full registration and hotel accommodations for the scholarship recipient for HAI HELI-EXPO 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia (travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient).
  • Formal recognition at HAI’s Annual General Meeting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2023.

Applications for all scholarships are due by Oct. 14, 2022.

For more information about the various scholarships available, or to submit an application, please visit rotor.org/scholarships.