scholarship information

overview

The San Diego Air & Space Museum administers four competitive scholarships for San Diego County graduating seniors who plan to attend a four-year college or university. The Bill Gibbs, R.A. Rearwin and Jennings Kelly Scarborough scholarships are reserved for students with strong aviation or aerospace related interests, who plan to pursue a degree in mathematics, physics, the sciences or engineering. Each has a different emphasis.

The Convair Alumni Association scholarships are reserved for direct descendants (either natural or adopted) of former San Diego area employees of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, or the Convair, Astronautics or Space Systems Divisions of General Dynamics Corporation. There are no restrictions as to the applicant’s field of study.

Over the past 25 years, 255 talented San Diego County high school seniors have received a total of $710,500 through these scholarships. If you are interested in increasing their reach, please consider making a tax deductible donation to any or all of these funds, or, you may wish to consider establishing a new endowment for scholarships to honor the life and career of a loved one.

available scholarships

  • Bill Gibbs Endowment Fund

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    Offered by: The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $1,500-$2,500
    Postmark Deadline: April 1
    History and Background:
    Established in 1988 as the International Aerospace Hall of Fame (IAHF) Endowment Fund by the IAHF Board of Directors, with funds provided by Bill Gibbs, a San Diego businessman and founder of what is now Montgomery Field, for the purpose of providing financial assistance for students pursuing a career in aviation, or an aerospace related field, with emphasis placed on those who plan to pursue a technical specialty. In 1990 the IAHF Endowment Fund was renamed the Bill Gibbs Endowment Fund. On April 1, 1993 the IAHF merged with what is now the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which then assumed full responsibility for the Fund. Since 1989, $228,500 has been awarded to 101 Bill Gibbs scholars.

    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 Endowment Fund

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    Offered by: The Convair Alumni Association and The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $3,000-$4,000
    Postmark Deadline: April 1
    History and Background:
    The Convair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established by the Board of Directors of the Convair Alumni Association, with funds provided by the Convair Recreation Association and General Dynamics Corporation, for the express purpose of providing higher education opportunities for descendants of former employees. The Convair Alumni Association Scholarship Fund also benefits from annual contributions from the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation.
    Reuben H. Fleet founded Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, relocating his company to San Diego in 1935. There are no restrictions placed on fields of study planned by scholarship applicants. The funds supporting these scholarships are held and have been administrated by the San Diego Air & Space Museum since 1997. Since that time, 118 scholars have received a Convair Alumni Association Scholarship, totaling $393,600.

    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
    Postmark Deadline: April 1
    History and Background:
    The R.A. Rearwin Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 by Kenneth Rearwin and other members of the Rearwin family in honor of their late father, a noted aircraft and engine manufacturer. Scholarships are reserved for and awarded to applicants who have demonstrated a strong career interest in the aerospace industry, who are planning to pursue a degree in an aerospace related field, and who have also shown a strong interest in the “hands-on” aspects of such a career. The fund is administered by the San Diego Air & Space Museum, of which Kenneth Rearwin was a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2000, there have been 33 R.A. Rearwin scholars, who have received a total of $83,900.

    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

  • Jennings Kelly Scarborough Endowment Fund

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    Offered by:The San Diego Air & Space Museum
    Value: $1,500-$2,500
    Postmark Deadline: April 1
    History and Background:
    A $2,500 Jennings Kelly Scarborough Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by Mary Scarborough in honor of her late husband and his love of flight, as both a military and long-time civilian pilot. The scholarship is reserved for and awarded to applicants who have demonstrated a strong desire to pursue a career in aviation, particularly those who have or will be pursuing a pilot’s license, through either civilian or military opportunities. The fund is administered by the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    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, particularly pursuing a flying career
    • 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 no 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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