Scholarships Available for Students Interested in Aviation

Nancy Niles (front row) was one of the people who presented scholarships in 2019. Last year the event was held virtually.

Palisadian Nancy Niles, who worked at LAX for 25 years and at the Flight Path museum since its inception in 1995, said that students planning careers in aviation or aerospace can now apply online for competitive annual scholarships offered through Flight Path Museum LAX.  The deadline for applications has been extended to June 1, 2021. (Visit:

Seven scholarships totaling $20,000 will be offered this year and include the Pete Conrad Scholarship and the Anton Acherman, Clay Lacy, Morrey Plotkin and Howard Drollinger scholarships funded by Flight Path benefactors. 

This year, two $2,500 scholarships sponsored by Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo have been added.

“We are grateful for our generous scholarship benefactors who continue to be dedicated to provide educational opportunities for students to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace,” said Agnes Huff, PhD, Flight Path Museum LAX board president. “One of our previous scholarship recipients is now a commercial airline pilot and many others are well on their way to rewarding careers in our industry.”

The Pete Conrad Scholarship is named for the famed Apollo 12 and Gemini 11 astronaut who walked on the moon and set a space endurance record. 

The Anton Acherman Scholarship, created in memory of distinguished mechanical engineer Anton Acherman, is funded by his family, friends and airport area businesses. 

The Clay Lacy Scholarship was established by one of California’s most notable commercial pilots and aviation entrepreneurs who has generously funded this scholarship for many years.

The Morrey Plotkin Scholarship perpetuates the legacy of Flight Path’s founding chairman and longtime benefactor and is funded by the Plotkin family. 

The Howard Drollinger Scholarship, funded by his family foundation, honors Drollinger’s support of aviation education, decorated service as a World War II Army Air Corps navigator, and business leadership in the LAX area.

The Polar Air and Atlas Air scholarships were recently established by these all-cargo air carriers to provide opportunities for more students to pursue careers in aviation and/or air cargo.

“We are very thankful for Polar Air Cargo and Atlas Air for establishing these two new scholarships,” added Huff. “Airfreight is a significant pillar in our nation’s supply chain and serves as an economic generator around the world. Businesses and individuals increasingly depend on rapid and timely air cargo delivery, as demonstrated by the growth of e-commerce and express delivery that is enhancing our daily lives.”

Qualifications, selection process details and application forms are available on the museum website ( 

Flight Path Museum LAX

Located in the former West Imperial Terminal, Flight Path Museum LAX is temporarily closed due to the pandemic but expects to reopen with a limited schedule in mid-July. The Museum is operated by the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the agency which operates Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport. For more information, visit the website,  Instagram & Twitter @flightpathlax and Facebook at @flightpathmuseum.

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