New Scholarship Program Open to Aviation Students


Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for the Study of Human Services, Health and Justice is home to the human factors in aviation program. NSU’s aviation program, which is entering its third year, is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the human factors associated with flight. These include problem solving skills, decision-making, communication, attention, stress management and physical condition – many of which are not addressed in other aviation programs.

For some students, financial consideration may be keeping them from following their dream of becoming a pilot. Now, thanks to NSU’s partner American Flyers, they may have a second chance. Through this one-of-a-kind program, American Flyers is providing 12 scholarships every 18 months at $73,000 per student – that’s nearly a $1 million every year and a half, which will be administered by NSU. The funds will cover the costs associated with flight training. Given that the total cost for this four-year program, including pilot license training and ratings is nearly $160,000, these scholarships can truly make a difference whether a student can enroll or not.

The scholarship program will begin for students during the Fall 2015 semester.

This is the only scholarship program of its kind in the United States. In order to qualify for the new scholarships, participants must be a fully admitted NSU undergraduate student, successfully complete a 16-week practicum at American Flyers, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and provide a 1,000 word essay on why they’re interested in the aviation program and why they should be granted a scholarship.

In addition to this new scholarship, NSU aviation students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships, which provide them with real-world learning experiences in the field and the ability to continue to accrue needed flight hours.

Those students interested in the program should contact Kimberly Durham, Psy.D. at 954-262-8601 or via e-mail ( More information about NSU’s aviation program can be found online at


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