Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund

Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund

The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund promotes Canadian pilot development by providing annual scholarships to student pilots in both ab initio and advanced flight training programs.

The principle award each year, provided suitable candidates are presented, shall be the “ab-initio” award which shall, funds permitting, be of sufficient amount to pay the average of flight training costs across Canada to obtain a Private Pilots License as an ab-initio candidate.  In addition, there shall be two awards each year for lesser amounts as recommended from time to time by the Committee, which shall be not be limited to ab-initio applicants and may be used for advanced flight training.

Since the Scholarship started in 1996, 57 students have received $196,000 in scholarship funding.   Click here to view previous scholarship recipients.

“Thank you so very much for the honor of second runner up $2000 scholarship for flight training. It is so exciting to find out that my hard work and my lifestyle choices have paid off. I find it to be a huge honor to have been chosen amongst such a strong field of applications. These funds will definitely be put to good use in my flight training.
Thank you again for both the scholarship and your assistance. You guys rock!"
Natalie Cloutier, Lac La Biche, AB 2006 Second Runner Winner

To Apply for the Neil Armstrong Scholarship

Click here to download your Neil Armstrong Scholarship application form.  For more information or to have the application form emailed to you, contact Heather McLaren email: or Tel.: 613-236-4901, ext. 110.

The deadline for applications to be received at COPA headquarters is March 1 of each year. The winners are typically notified on or about May 1, of each year.  Applications should be addressed to:

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
Attn: Neil Armstrong Selection Committee
75 Albert Street Suite 903
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5E7

Neil Armstrong Biography
Neil J. Armstrong was born at Alvinston, Ontario, on April 15, 1920. He received his education there and at Petrolia, Ontario, where he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Click here for more.

The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund was first established in April 1995 through contributions from friends of Neil Armstrong, COPA members and the Canadian aviation community.  Contributions are made to the COPA Flight Safety Foundation, Neil Armstrong Fund from which a charitable tax receipt can be issued.  Click here for more information.