SWAAAE Scholarships

SWAAAE is pleased to offer scholarships in the categories described below. Applications vary and are either prior to January's Airport Management Short Course or July's Annual Summer Conference.

Airport Management Short Course Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a member of SWAAAE to attend the annual Airport Management Short Course Conference. This scholarship is to support airport personnel by defraying the cost associated with attendance at the conference. The scholarship varies between $500 and $1,000 and conference registration is waived for scholarship recipients.

Academic Scholarship

$1,500 for your academic pursuits and a complimentary registration to a SWAAAE Conference where scholarships will be presented. This scholarship is open to anyone pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Airport Management, Public Administration, or Business Administration. Applicants need not be members of SWAAAE, but they must attend a college in Arizona, California, Nevada or Hawaii to be considered eligible. 



Michael A. Shutt Academic Scholarship

$1,500 for your academic pursuits and a complimentary registration to the Airport Management Short Course where scholarships will be presented. In addition to the scholarship, a travel stipend of up to $1,000 is awarded to attend the conference. This scholarship is sponsored by Mead & Hunt.

Professional Accreditation & Certification Scholarship 

This scholarship (up to $2,000) is awarded to a member of SWAAAE enrolled in the AAAE Accredited Airport Executive Program, the AAAE Certified Member Program, or planning to attend an Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Program. In addition, the scholarship may be used to attend the AAAE Accreditation/Certification Academy Written Exam Review, one of the ACE Programs, or the AAAE/SWAAAE Final Interview Workshop.


Summer Conference Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a member of SWAAAE to attend the annual Summer Conference. This scholarship is to support airport personnel by defraying the cost associated with attendance at the conference. The scholarship varies between $500 and $1,000 and conference registration is waived for scholarship recipients.


Scholarship Winner Testimonials:

My scholarship went towards my remaining Spring quarter tuition balance, after financial aid, and text books. Thank you, SWAAAE, for your support and encouragement in obtaining my degree. - Ashley Whitmore, Student at University of La Verne

I want to thank SWAAAE for inviting me to the annual Winter Conference and awarding me the Academic Scholarship! This scholarship will go to great use as I finish my Masters Program in Aviation Management. This scholarship will also help me achieve AAAE accreditations and certifications. Upon completion of my MSA, I plan to pursue ACE certifications among other professional development tools. SWAAAE has helped make these goals much more achievable! Jason Aldridge, Graduate Student at Florida Institute of Technology

I want to thank SWAAAE for inviting me to the annual Winter Conference and awarding me the Michael A. Shutt Academic Scholarship! This scholarship will go to great use as I finish my undergraduate degree in Aviation Management. This scholarship will also help me attain AAAE accreditations and certifications. Upon completion of my B.S. in Aviation Management, I will be interning at NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. Throughout my internship and my future airport career, I plan to pursue more certifications and professional development opportunities. SWAAAE’s vast network of airport representatives, commitment to continuing education, and scholarship opportunities have made these goals much more achievable. Thank you, SWAAAE! - Emily Gardner, Student at Arizona State University

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