2016 Scholarships

HFI has long recognized the need for qualified commercial helicopter pilots and maintenance technicians — the current shortage is very real and many of our experienced pilots and maintenance technicians are nearing retirement age. HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow's vertical aviation industry.

Michelle North Scholarship for Safety: Established in memory of Michelle North; a well-known helicopter safety expert and educator. This scholarship is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial rating and demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices. One scholarship may be awarded. HFI will begin accepting applications for this scholarship June 1, 2015.

Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarships: Founded by Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Technical Committee to promote the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career. Bill Sanderson AMT Scholarship winners attend a course from a selection offered by airframe and power plant manufacturers with a value not to exceed $1,600. Up to eight scholarships may be awarded. HFI will begin accepting applications for this scholarship June 1, 2015. 

Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships: Applicants for the Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarship must already have obtained their Private license and be enrolled in a Commercial Helicopter Rating program at an FAA-approved Part 141 school or international equivalent. Up to four scholarships may be awarded. HFI will begin accepting applications for this scholarship September 1, 2015. Applicants who expect to receive their Commercial Helicopter Rating prior to January 1, 2016, are not eligible to apply for or to receive this scholarship award.

Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships: Applicants for the Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship must already be enrolled in a Maintenance Technician Certificate program at an FAA-approved Part 147 school or international equivalent. Up to six scholarships may be awarded. HFI will begin accepting applications for this scholarship September 1, 2015. Applicants who expect to receive their Maintenance Technician Certificate prior to January 1, 2016, are not eligible to apply for or to receive this scholarship award.


HFI is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the helicopter and the industry’s service to mankind. Through its scholarship and mentoring programs, HFI helps to educate future generations of helicopter professionals.