Announcing the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots
BY Zacc Dukowitz16 August 2017
We’re excited to announce our High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots.
The scholarship will provide free, unlimited access to qualifying high school students to Drone Pilot Ground School, our online test prep course to help drone pilots pass the FAA’s Part 107 exam.
About the Scholarship
The goal of the scholarship is to support high school students interested in pursuing a career in the drone industry by helping them prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 test.
An additional goal is to help further the use of drones in STEM education.
Read on to get all the details on the scholarship, and to learn more about Drone Pilot Ground School.
How Many Students Can Apply?
There are an unlimited number of scholarships available.
What Is the Deadline?
There is no deadline—applicants will be accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis.
Eligible students must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Be currently enrolled in high school
- Live in the U.S.
What Does the Application Look Like?
The application has three parts:
1. Applicant Details
Pretty self-explanatory! This is just a short form with student information (name, contact information, school, and so on).
2. School Sponsor Letter
Students must secure a letter of support from an educator in their school that explains why the student is a good candidate for this specific scholarship. This could be a teacher, robotics or engineering club leader, an administrator, etc.
Please use the .edu / school email address of your school sponsor when submitting your application.
3. Questions for Applicant
Students must answer the three questions listed below. Each answer must be 250-500 words.
- Tell us your drone story. How did you first learn about drones? What captivates you about small unmanned aerial systems?
- Tell us about your involvement in drones to date. What models have you flown? What would you like to fly? Are you a member of any school clubs, classes, or organizations that have helped to push your interest forward?
- How do you plan to use your FAA Remote Pilot Certificate? What are your professional aspirations in the drone industry?
If you or someone you know wants to start an application, it’s important to note that you cannot save your work as you go. We strongly recommend working in a separate document to create your answers to the questions, and then pasting them into the form when you’re ready to apply.
How Will We Pick Scholarship Recipients?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling, case-by-case basis. After submitting your application you can expect to hear back from us within 1-2 weeks.
Successful applicants will demonstrate serious intent to study for and pass the FAA Part 107 exam by providing thorough, thoughtful answers to the three questions asked, as well as securing a strong letter of recommendation. Answers that only contain a few sentences and appear hastily written / have spelling and grammar errors will likely not result in a successful outcome.
If you have any questions, send us an email at support[at]dronepilotgroundschool[dot]com.
About Drone Pilot Ground School
Drone Pilot Ground School is UAV Coach’s flagship remote course. The course was designed to help drone pilots prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test (also known as the Part 107 test) to gain an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.
We’ve trained over 6,000 commercial drone pilots, and over 99% of our students pass the Part 107 test on their first try.
This video provides a good overview:
The Drone Pilot Ground School course includes:
- 30+ Video/Text Lectures. Our curriculum was built in partnership with a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and former Chief Pilot of a Part 141 Flight School to align directly with the FAA’s remote pilot certification requirements.
- 5 Practice Tests & Support. We carefully selected the materials provided—lecture quizzes, a detailed study guide, and 5 practice tests—to ensure that you will be prepared to take the Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test at an FAA-licensed testing center.
- Flight Proficiency Training. While flight proficiency isn’t required by the FAA, we hold our students to a higher standard. You’ll receive a Drone Pilot Ground School diploma when you pass our flight proficiency challenge.
- 5 Years of Access. To keep your license, you’ll need to pass a recurrent FAA knowledge test every 24 months. Students get unlimited access to our online training course for 5 years (enough time for two re-certifications).
- Real FAA Test Questions. Master the FAA’s test concepts with our database of 300+ multiple choice questions. After completing a practice test, you’ll be emailed a category performance report and a breakdown of your incorrect responses.
Through our new scholarship, all of these materials will be provided to qualifying high school students to help them prepare for the Part 107 test.
Check out our full Drone Pilot Ground School curriculum to learn more about how we help drone pilots become FAA certified to fly commercially in the U.S.
Drones in STEM Education
More and more, drones are being used to help students learn—and get excited about—STEM subjects in middle, high, and even elementary school (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Jobs in STEM fields are growing like crazy, and helping students learn these subjects also means helping them prepare for their futures.
Over the last few years, after school drone clubs and drone-related classes have been popping up in classrooms all over the U.S.
As one example, the Taft Drone Club at the Taft High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently received a grant of $100,000 from the Ohio State Department of Education to continue their STEM studies with drones.
Members of the Taft Drone Club
Right in line with the growth of jobs in STEM fields, drone jobs are also popping up all over the place. Aerial cinematography, inspections, 3D mapping—the list goes on and on, and these are all potential careers for high school students.
Which is to say that the job prospects for a student who obtains his or her FAA certification as a commercial drone pilot are many and diverse, and compatible with a number of different personal interests, be they artistic or technical.
Looking for more resources to help you get started using drones in the classroom?