Educating Vertical Flight Leaders of Tomorrow
VERTICAL FLIGHT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
The Vertical Flight Society’s philanthropic arm, the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF), was
established in 1967, and began making awards in 1977. The Foundation is an independent
charitable trust for the support of education in vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) technology.
The Foundation’s awards are made possible solely by tax deductible donations that have
established and contributed to an endowment. The Vertical Flight Society pays for all
operational and administrative expenses.
Each year the VFF awards scholarships to college level students who demonstrate an interest
in pursuing engineering related careers in vertical flight technology. To date, the Foundation
has awarded nearly 600 scholarships to students from throughout the world.
The Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships are solely merit-based and the value of the
scholarships range up to $6,000 (USD).
A student does not need to be a member of The Vertical Flight Society.
High school students are not eligible.
At the time of application (February 2021) applicants must enrolled as a full-time
student in a relevant engineering degree program at an accredited university.
Technical disciplines relevant to complex aeronautics engineering or aviation systems,
even if not considered vertical lift engineering, will receive equal consideration.
Applicants must be registered as full-time student for at least one academic term
after the award of the VFF scholarships at the Annual Forum taking place May 11-
A student can receive a VFF scholarship award once as an Undergraduate, once as a
Master’s student, and once as a Graduate student.
Eligibility for each degree category is as follows.
Undergraduate / Bachelor’s (BS) Degree Category
A college student pursuing an eligible engineering 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, May 11-13,
o A senior graduating in May of 2021 is eligible to apply for the MS category if they
will be continuing immediately after graduation to a graduate studies program,
either MS, PhD, or MS/PhD combined graduate studies program. If the senior is