Aerobatic Scholarships offered in 2020

The IAC helps facilitate the three following scholarships annually. The scholarships all have an application deadline of June 30, 2020.  Application forms can be downloaded from the IAC website: . Follow the submission instructions on the application form carefully. Return the completed applications to: iac [at] ( ) The recipients of the three scholarships are announced at AirVenture in July 2020 (the recipient does not need to be present).


IAC CP Aviation Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship in Memory of Vicki Cruse

CP Aviation is a family-owned business located in Santa Paula, California. CP currently maintains a fleet of aerobatic airplanes ranging from a Citabria to a Pitts S-2B, and numerous Cessna's. CP is also home to Judy Phelps, Master CFI-Aerobatic instructor and The 2011 National Flight Instructor of the Year.

This scholarship aims to promote aviation safety through unusual attitude and aerobatic training. The scholarship includes three modules of the EMT® course which includes Stall/Spin Awareness, In-flight Emergencies, and Basic Aerobatics. The course will be taught in a Citabria and Decathlon.

Qualifications: The recipient must be a member of IAC and hold a private pilot certificate. Scholarship Amount: $3,100 (no cash value).


Greg Koontz Airshows Aerobatic Instructor Scholarship in Memory of Bobby Younkin

This scholarship consists of an eight-flight training program at Greg Koontz Aerobatics. All required ground school is included as well as four nights stay at Sky Country lodge with its all-inclusive accommodations. The recipient would only be responsible for travel to and from the school. Greg Koontz Aerobatics has partnered with the International Aerobatic Club to promote and administer the scholarship program. The program is not an initial aerobatic course. For that reason the scholarship is targeted at those Certified Flight Instructors who have some tangible experience in aerobatics and have demonstrated by their activities that they are interested in becoming involved in aerobatic instruction. A current instructor certificate, and a need for the financial support provided by this program are required at the time of the award. Qualifications: The recipient must be a CFI with some tangible experience in aerobatics. Scholarship Amount: $3,600 (no cash value).



Douglas Yost Memorial Aerobatic Scholarship Grant is administered by Chapter 78 of the International Acrobatic Club. The Scholarship is named for Doug Yost, aspiring young career pilot who worked as a corporate pilot and was also an aerobatic pilot who was a rising star in aerobatic competition.

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote aviation safety through aerobatics training. The recipient of this scholarship will receive a payment of $2,000, in the form of a check made payable to the aerobatic school where the recipient will be training. Training must be conducted at a facility approved by the Chapter 78 Scholarship committee and training must be completed within a 12 month period from receiving the grant.

The successful scholarship applicant must be well-rounded, involved in school and community activities as well as in aviation. The applicant’s academic record should demonstrate that they could successfully complete the educational portion of aerobatic training. Flight instructor comment reports or letters of recommendation must indicate that the successful applicant has the basic flying skills and potential to benefit from this type of training.


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