Aviation Scholarship Program

First awarded in 2022, the $2500 Chuck McDonald Aviation Training Scholarship encourages
those 16-24 years old to begin a career path in aviation by assisting in funding their flight


  • The Iowa Aviation Promotion Group (IAPG) is awarding scholarships worth up to $2500 towards the cost of tuition, instruction, aircraft rental and other expenses incurred in obtaining an FAA Pilot License.
  • Must take training at an Iowa community college, university, flight school, FBO or from a Certified Flight Instructor.
  • Application deadline April 1st. Scholarships awarded May 1st.
  • Training must be completed within 24 months of the scholarship award.


  • Students ages 16 through 24 seeking an FAA Private Pilot Certification;
  • Possess a third-class or higher medical certificate;
  • Training must be completed within 24 months of the scholarship award.


The training provider will invoice the IAPG scholarship program for student expenses incurred for aircraft rental, ground, and flight instruction. IAPG will pay the instruction provider up to the scholarship limit of $2,500.


A three-member panel of IAPG Directors will serve as a Committee of Trustees to review the program and make administrative decisions as needed including selecting an individual for the annual scholarship award.

Application Process:

Applicants will submit these documents:

  • The completed scholarship application;
  • A letter to the Committee of Trustees explaining the applicant’s flight career goals and plans to attain them;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Copy of FAA medical certification.

The awardee will be furnished with a certificate of award and instructions for invoicing IAPG and reimbursement to the training provider.

Past Winners:

2022 – Macy Arbuckle, Vinton          Flight Instructor – Mike Lacy, Monticello


For additional information on Iowa Aviation Promotion Group’s Chuck McDonald Aviation Training Scholarship contact: Dick Westbrook, Pastpresident@flyiowa.org