Civil Air Patrol and partnering organizations have set up a multitude of opportunities to provide academic, flight, and activity scholarships to deserving cadets. All cadets are highly encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Scroll down or click the links to the right for more information on opportunities highlighted by CAWG Cadet Programs.  You will also notice that some of these scholarships are honoring the memory of a few members who strived for and achieved greatness and who lived for the success of all cadets.


Kenneth “K3” Sturgill PJOC Scholarshipimage1

(Click on photo to learn more about Capt K3 Sturgill)

Kenneth W. “K3” Sturgill Memorial PJOC/APJOC Scholarship covers the activity attendance fee to attend the Civil Air Patrol Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course (PJOC) or Advanced Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course (APJOC).

Civil Air Patrol Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course (PJOC) and Advanced Pararescue & Survival Orientation Course (APJOC) are grueling courses and very physically challenging activities. Cadet applicants need to be able to:
– Work well in a team environment
– Be in very good physical condition

Application Requirements

1.  The applicant will provide a written essay that includes:
– What is your motivation (why) behind your wish to attend PJOC/APJOC?
– What do you hope to gain personally from your experience from PJOC/APJOC?
– What are your future career goals and personal aspirations?

2. A letter of recommendation from an adult who is not related to the applicant.

3. The applicant’s most recent CAP PT scores the November of the year of the application, sent by the applicant’s Squadron Commander with a statement of confidence in applicant’s ability to successfully complete the course.

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Deadline for this scholarship application is 31 December. Should the recipient of the scholarship not be accepted to CAP-PJOC or he/she not be able to attend the course, the scholarship will be rescinded. Payment for the scholarship will be made directly to National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol on behalf of the recipient.

That Others May Live


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Lt Col Tony Upton Memorial Scholarship

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(Click on photo to learn more about Lt Col Tony Upton)

What and Who is the Scholarship for?

It is envisioned that scholarships will be awarded to CAWG cadets who show a financial need that cannot be met at the squadron level. Scholarships will be awarded to current cadet members of the California Wing. Funds donated to the scholarship fund will be deposited by the CAWG, Civil Air Patrol. Donations will be accepted year round.

How do cadets apply for the Scholarship?

Applications will be submitted by current CAWG cadets to their Squadron Commander describing, in writing, why there is a financial need for the funds, the amount being requested and for what purpose the funds will be used. The cadet’s squadron commander will give an assessment, in writing, validating the financial need as outlined by the cadet. Both the cadet’s application and the squadron commander’s assessment will be forwarded to the Director of Cadet Programs (DCP)( for review.


Lt Col Upton Scholarship Flyer & Protocols




“The Cadet Character and Leadership Foundation was formed with a commitment to offering scholarships to financially under-resourced youth for the purpose of developing their leadership skills.  The scholarships are designed to be used for time-tested leadership programs and activities, and the funds may be used for tuition, class materials, transportation, lodging, or meals. The primary target group of the CCLF is the Cadets of the Civil Air Patrol.”

To Apply Click the Link Below:




PCR Colonel Edwin W. Lewis, Jr. Flight Scholarship

(Click on photo to learn more about Col Ed Lewis)


This Flight Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Colonel Edwin W. Lewis, a 56 year member of Civil Air Patrol. The award will be given to one or more deserving Civil Air Patrol cadets each year to introduce them to the wonders of flight which was Colonel Lewis’s passion.


This scholarship is awarded yearly to one or more cadets in Pacific Region. Applicants must be at least 15 years of age as of May 1 in order to apply. The presentation of the award will be on the 28th of May each year, the anniversary of Colonel Lewis joining CAP.

Funds donated to the scholarship are deposited in a special account at the National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Donations are accepted year round.

Applications will be accepted until May 1 each year. Send all applications by email to: Lt Col Chris Lee The selection committee will then have one month to choose the recipient.

The selection committee will be composed of the Region Commander or Vice Commander or his/her appointees and Colonel Lewis’s widow, Midge Lewis. They will review the applications and select the recipient or recipients. Funds from this scholarship will be used only for initial aviation flight training and no other purpose. The amount of the scholarship may vary every year depending on the interest earned and donations to the funds in the account. The application will consist of the form and a one page, double spaced letter to the selection committee stating the reasons for the Cadet’s desire to fly and what his/her goals are in aviation.

Download Scholarship Form

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 CAP National Scholarships


CAP Scholarship Brochure


It doesn’t get any simpler than that!  Each spring, Civil Air Patrol provides academic and flight scholarships to deserving cadets and seniors who meet the eligibility requirements.  Specific scholarships are announced each fall.  Combined with our college partners, we offer over $350,000 in scholarships. 

The following criteria applies to all scholarships.  Additional criteria will be noted within the specifics of an individual scholarship description:

  1. Be a current CAP Cadet.
  2. Have earned the Billy Mitchell Award (except for the Col Mary Feik Flight Scholarship, which only requires the Wright Brothers).
  3. Be enrolled in a full-time (as determined by the school) course of study during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.
  4. Possess and maintain an academic and discipline standard acceptable to the school you attend.
  5. Have not received previously the scholarship to which you are applying.  For example, if you received a Cadet Academic Scholarship last year, this year you may apply for the USAA Academic scholarship or another named academic scholarship, or any flight scholarship, but you may not apply for the Cadet Academic Scholarship again.


Apply via the e-Services Scholarship module when the application window opens.  A link is available on the Application Procedures  page of this website.

Please read all of the instructions before you start your application.

Read the important information on calculating a GPA.

The deadline to apply is December 31.

Scholarship recipients are announced in March.

Finalist can review their instructions on the Finalist webpage, linked on the left.

Only those members who are selected for scholarships will need to provide official school transcripts and other supporting documents to validate information they provided in their application.