scholarship information

overview

The San Diego Air & Space Museum administers several competitive scholarships for San Diego County graduating seniors planning to attend college. The Bill Gibbs and R. A. Rearwin scholarships are for students with strong aviation/aerospace career interests who are pursuing a degree in math, physics, science, or engineering. The Convair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund is for direct descendants (natural or adopted) of former San Diego area employees of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, or General Dynamics Corporation. Also on this page are other scholarships that are offered outside of our museum. If you know of any other scholarships that you would like placed on this list please contact the education department by calling 619.234.8291, ext. 119.

If you are interested in increasing the reach of the scholarship funds to more San Diego county students, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. For more information on donating to the scholarship fund, please call 619.234.8291 ext. 101.

available scholarships

  • Bill Gibbs Endowment Fund

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    Offered by: The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $1,500-$2,500
    Postmarked by Date: April 1
    Organization Information:
    The International Aerospace Hall of Fame (IAHF) Grant Fund Endowment was established by the Board of Directors of the IAHF in 1988 with funds provided by Mr. Bill Gibbs for the purpose of providing scholarship/research assistance to individuals who are in the process of pursuing a career in aviation/aerospace related subjects. In 1990 the Aerospace Hall of Fame Grant Fund Endowment was changed to the Bill Gibbs Endowment Fund. On April 1, 1993 the IAHF merged with the San Diego Aerospace Museum (SDASM) and SDASM assumed fiscal and program oversight responsibility for the Fund.

    Additional Information

    Eligibility Factors and Limitations:
    Graduating seniors of San Diego County high schools who will be attending a four year college.
    Basis of Selection:

    • Academic achievement.
    • Strong aviation/aerospace career interests.
    • Pursuing a degree in math, physics, science, or engineering.

    Application Procedure:
    Interested students can either write directly to the San Diego Air & Space Museum (Attn. Education Office) requesting an application for scholarship or download the application. Completed applications must then be sent directly to the museum at the address listed above, and postmarked not later than April 1. Eligible applicants will be interviewed.
    Contact: The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Attention: Education Office
    2001 Pan American Plaza
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619 234-8291, ext. 119

  • Convair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

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    Offered by: The Convair Alumni Association and The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $3,000-$4,000
    Postmarked by Date: April 1
    Organization Information:
    The Convair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (CAASF) was established by the Board of Directors of the Convair Alumni Association in 1993 with funds provided by the Convair Recreation Association and the General Dynamics Corporation for the express purpose of providing higher education opportunities for eligible candidates. The funds supporting the CAASF are held and administered by the San Diego Air & Space Museum for the express purpose of providing annual scholarships to eligible candidates.

    Additional Information

    Eligibility Factors and Limitations:
    Graduating seniors of San Diego County high schools who will be attending a four year college. Direct descendants , natural or adopted, of persons employed by Divisions of the General Dynamics Corp. that existed on or before 1 January 1998.
    Basis of Selection:

    • Academic achievement.
    • Community service
    • Leadership potential

    Application Procedure:
    Interested students can either write directly to the San Diego Air & Space Museum (Attn. Education Office) requesting an application for scholarship or download the application. Completed applications must then be sent directly to the museum at the address listed above, and postmarked not later than April 1. Eligible applicants will be interviewed.
    Contact: The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Attention: Education Office
    2001 Pan American Plaza
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619 234-8291, ext. 119

  • R. A. Rearwin Scholarship Fund

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    Offered by:The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $1,500-$2,500
    Postmarked by Date: April 1
    Organization Information:
    The scholarship was established by Kenneth Rearwin and other members of the Rearwin family in honor of their late father, aircraft and engine manufacturer R. A. Rearwin. The scholarship provides funds for individuals who have demonstrated a strong career interest in the aerospace industry and are in the process of pursuing a baccalaureate degree in an aerospace-related field. The fund is managed by the San Diego Air & Space Museum, of which Kenneth Rearwin was a member of the Board of Directors.

    Additional Information

    Eligibility Factors and Limitations:
    Graduating seniors of San Diego County high schools who will be attending a four year college.
    Basis of Selection:

    • Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Strong aviation/aerospace career interests
    • Pursuing a baccalaureate degree in an aerospace-related field

    Application Procedure:
    Interested students can either write directly to the San Diego Air & Space Museum (Attn. Education Office) requesting an application for scholarship or download the application. Completed applications must then be sent directly to the museum at the address listed above, and postmarked not later than April 1. Eligible applicants will be interviewed.
    Contact: The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Attention: Education Office
    2001 Pan American Plaza
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619 234-8291, ext. 119

Other Local Scholarships
Gillespie Field Eagles - The Gillespie Field Eagles is a flight training scholarship for High School Students in San Diego County. They have four scholarships each quarter and provide flight training for $30 per flight including airplane and instructor. Students must write an essay on "Why I want to be a pilot." For more information please visit their website, www.gillespiefieldeagles.org

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