Scholarship Foundation

Partner with the North Carolina Airports Association in awarding scholarships to students attending two-year and four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina with Aviation programs.

Over the past few years the Airports Association presented scholarships to honor Mr. Bruce Matthews, former Assistant Director of the North Carolina Division of Aviation to recognize his distinguished aviation career and dedication to the students of North Carolina State University. Scholarships were awarded to students who had demonstrated interest and/or experience in transportation engineering, airport planning and design.

The Airport Association recently established the North Carolina Airports Association Educational Foundation, Inc., a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The purpose of the Educational Foundation is to provide scholarships to deserving students attending schools throughout North Carolina with aviation programs. We will accomplish this goal through public support from individuals, corporations and others.

The North Carolina Airports Association is pleased to announce the availability for scholarships for deserving students who either are or plan to enter an aviation field of study. Interested undergraduate and graduate college students should the links below to review the requirements and to complete their application. You will also need to submit an official transcript to: Lisa Edwards, c/o NC Airports Association, 66 Castellan Drive, Greer, SC 29650  

Bruce Matthews Scholarship Recipient

Lindsey Renee Dorn is from Wake Forest and is currently residing on campus at NC State University while working towards her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Lindsey will be entering her sophomore year and holds a 3.98 GPA. Her future goals are to develop new technology to design more efficient and safer modes of transportation frim ground to air. Lindsey currently serves as Treasurer of Girls in Engineering Change, an organization that provides monthly engineering workshops for middle and high school females. Additionally, as an intern at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) she created a UAS company provider map. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys playing and coaching softball and participating in Cru, an on campus ministry and Bible study.

This NCAA Funded Scholarship is dedicated to Mr. Bruce Matthews. He was a tireless supporter of aviation in North Carolina and the first permanent employee of the NCDOT Division of Aviation. Mr. Matthews is credited with leading the development of the state’s public airport system. His vision for assisting smaller airports with facility upgrades in order to accommodate larger aircraft has lifted North Carolina to new heights in aviation success.  

NCAA Educational Foundation Recipients

D ‘Anthony Willie Ravenell is from Charlotte and currently resides in Elizabeth City. He will graduate with a B.S. in Aviation Science from Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) in May of 2021. D ’Anthony has completed a variety of aviation courses and currently holds a 3.0 GPA. He has earned his private pilot license and is currently working towards his instrument rating. Ultimately, he hopes to fly the skies as a commercial airline pilot. D’ Anthony is a tutor with the ECSU Viking VESTEMic Program and also works as a campus Resident Assistant. In 2018 he completed a study-abroad program in Eastern Europe (Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Slovakia, Vienna). In addition to flying he enjoys boardgames, traveling and sports including baseball, basketball and football.

Zakary Thomas Stewart is from Raleigh NC and currently resides in Elizabeth City. He will be a senior this fall at Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) and plans to graduate with a B.S. in Aviation Science in May of 2021. Zakary is part of the ECSU honors program and holds a 3.80 GPA. His concentration is in Flight Education and he has earned his private pilot certificate, instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, and certified fight instructor certificate. He is currently a part time instructor at ESCU while pursing his instrument instructor and multi-engine certificates. Zakary has grown up surrounded by family members who worked in the aviation field and hopes to work as a commercial pilot. Additionally, he would like to continue flight instruction and mentor the next generation of aviators. Outside of aviation his hobbies include camping, hunting and fishing.

Angel - up to $500.00
Bronze - $501.00 to $1499.00
Silver - $1500.00 to $2499.00
Gold - $2500.00 to $4999.00
Platinum - $5000.00 to $7499.00
Presidential - $7500.00 to $10,000.00

Download the donation form here

Yes, our corporate partners are very important for the continued success of the scholarship program. The corporate donation levels are: Angel - up to $500.00
Bronze - $501.00 to $1499.00
Silver - $1500.00 to $2499.00
Gold - $2500.00 to $4999.00
Platinum - $5000.00 - $7499.00
Presidential - $7500.00 to $10,000.00

Download the donation form here

When the application period is open, links will be posted here for both Scholarship Application Forms.

Check back Fall 2020 to apply for 2021 scholarships to be awarded at the annual conference March 2021 in Pinehurst, NC.

Awards will be given at the NCAA Annual Conference banquet dinner in March 2021. One recipient may be selected for the Bruce Matthws Scholarship and up to two students may be chosen for a NCAA scholarship award.

The value of the NCAA scholarship is $1500. The value of the Bruce Matthews scholarship is $3000. Scholarships are non-renewable.

The two scholarships have slightly different requriements. The details are available through the following links:

Requirements for the Bruce Matthews Scholarship

Requirements for the NCAA Aviation Scholarships