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The Ohio Aviation Association is a non-profit association made up of airport management, airport governing bodies, and varying types of organizations that provide support and assistance to airports and the aviation industry. Funded by the Ohio Aviation Association, the Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship, seeks to support students who are pursuing an aviation career in Ohio.
The scholarship offers two awards: a $2,500 award to degree-seeking students and a $600 award to certificate-seeking A&P students. Scholarship applicants are required to have been accepted or are currently enrolled at an accredited Ohio college or university in a two- or four-year degree program or an FAA-approved technical school or program. Applicants are also required to join the Ohio Aviation Association, be registered to vote in Ohio, and attend an OAA member institution.
The application involves submitting an online form, two letters of recommendation, proof of acceptance/enrollment, a one-page essay, and a transcript. Past recipients are encouraged to apply.
Key Information of Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Area of Study
Country of Study
Intended Level of Study
- Vocational/Technical School
Number of Awards
Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship Timeline
Applications Opening Date
Applications open on January 3.
The submission deadline is on February 11.
Applicants Shortlist Announcement
Shortlisted applicants are notified on February 28.
Interviews are held between March 1 and March 4.
Awards Announcement Date
Winners are announced by April 15.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.
- Eligible Grade: High School Senior – Undergraduate
- Maximum Age: Any
- Required GPA: Any
- Geographic Eligibility: Ohio
- Gender: Any
- Race/Ethnicity: Any
Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.
- Recommendation letters
- Grade transcript
How to ace the Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Review your application
All required items are to be submitted as a PDF or Word document. Also, ensure you include all required items before submitting your application.
Write a stellar essay
Your application essay should be on your career goals, how the scholarship would help you achieve them, and how your goals would benefit the Ohio aviation industry. Your essay is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise, and interesting. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.
Get a stellar recommendation
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, one from a school-related individual and another from a volunteer or extracurricular activity-related individual. Letters should focus on your academics and aviation goals and should include the writers’ contact details.
A good way to put yourself ahead is by gaining volunteer experience and engaging in extracurricular activities that demonstrate your passion for aviation.
How the Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship is Judged
The committee selects scholarship recipients based on how well applicants meet the eligibility requirements.
Why We Love the Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Past recipients can apply
Previous scholarship recipients who still meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.
Supports an aviation career
The Norman J. Crabtree Memorial Aviation Scholarship helps provide financial aid to the next generation of aviation professionals.
Internship and mentorship
The OAA matches select university students with a mentor (pilots, engineers, managers, etc.) in the aviation industry who aligns with the student’s goals.
5 Facts About the Norman J. Crabtree Scholarship
Ohio Aviation Association
The Ohio Aviation Association is a non-profit association made up of airport management, airport governing bodies, and varying types of organizations that provide support and assistance to airports and the aviation industry.
Norman J. Crabtree
Norman J. Crabtree was an aviator who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, the USAF, was an aviation advisor at Miami University and Columbus State, an instructor at Ohio University and The Ohio State University, and the Deputy Director for Aviation with the Ohio Department of Transportation. The scholarship was founded in recognition of his passion and dedication to aviation.
Ohio Airport Manager's Association
The Ohio Aviation Association was originally founded in October 1965 as the Ohio Ohio Airport Manager's Association. The association was initially made up of only airports but has expanded its membership to include various people and businesses across the industry.
Over 800 members
The Ohio Aviation Association is made up of over 800 members across over 75 airports and educational institutions, and over 40 companies
Ohio Aviation agency works with the government at the state level to advocate for proposals that would create a better business environment for the industry and also oppose legislation that would negatively impact the industry.