Support Scholarship Essay Contest

Entries for Support Scholarship Essay Contest Due Sept. 15 

Attention, higher-education students: Don't miss out on the opportunity to compete for a combined $3,000 in educational scholarships. The NAAA Support Committee will award a $2,000 scholarship as top prize in its 2nd annual essay competition, and Covington Aircraft Engines has generously agreed to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship. The deadline for the 2018 Support Scholarship Essay Contest is Sept. 15, 2018.


2018 Essay Theme: “Ag aviation safety is created by many members of an aviation community. How would you improve the safety of your ag community?”


Contest Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

If you are an NAAA member (or become one by June 15), the Support Committee invites you to sponsor a contestant in the 2018 Support Scholarship Essay Contest. The scholarship is not restricted to pursuing a “flying career.” Any educational pursuit beyond high school (at any age) is eligible. The competition is open to all NAAA members and their family members. This includes allied industry members. Each allied industry company is allowed to sponsor only one eligible family member per contest. To qualify, dues must be paid by the organization or individual member on or before June 15, 2018.

Entrants must be a senior in high school or be registered in higher education by the fall semester of 2018.  Previous winners are not eligible to compete.

2018 Support Committee Scholarship Guidelines

The theme for this year’s contest is "Ag aviation safety is created by many members of an aviation community. How would you improve the safety of your ag community?": Essays must be at least 1,500 words. Topic deviation and/or modification will not be accepted. Papers submitted will be judged on content, theme development, clarity, originality and proper grammar. All sources used must be cited in a bibliography or works cited page. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. Entries must be typewritten and double-spaced.

To ensure the judges will not know the identities of the writer, keep any reference to the author’s name, sponsoring company and company location out of the essay itself. However, a title page must be attached and contain the entrant’s name, address, email address, telephone number, relationship to sponsor, sponsor’s company name, address and telephone number. A photograph of the entrant and short biography should also be provided.

Electronic submissions should be sent as an email attachment to

Receipt of the essay will be acknowledged. The winners will be notified by phone and letter and recognized at the 2018 NAAA Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, NV.
Selected essays will be published on the NAAA website and may be published in Agricultural Aviation magazine, the official publication of NAAA, based on spacing. All essays become the property of the NAAA. The judges’ decision is final. In the event the entries received lack outstanding merit, the Support Committee of NAAA reserves the right not to award the scholarship(s).
2017 First Place Essay: Creating a Positive Image of Aerial Application in Our Communities
2016 First Place Essay: Today’s Debate: The Pros and Cons of ADS-B