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Cadet Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Washington Wing is dedicated to extending invaluable opportunities to deserving, hard-working Cadets, which is why we make funds available for financially burdened Cadets to attend activities in Washington Wing and beyond!

If you want to attend an activity, but can't afford to go, please let us help you!

Check out the following topics below:
  • Civil Air Patrol 
    • Cadet Activity Scholarships
    • Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP)
    • Flight Scholarships
    • Special Awards for Cadets
  • Aviation and Other Scholarships

Cadet Activity Scholarships

How much does WAWG contribute?

Typically, WAWG approves scholarships on the grounds that 1/3 of the cost will be paid by Washington Wing, 1/3 will be paid by the Cadet's local squadron, and 1/3 will be paid by the Cadet.

Some squadrons have differing policies on how much of an activity they will help a Cadet with. This is often more affected by the squadron's own financial situation than anything. Because of this, Washington Wing will, under some circumstances, help with up to 50% of the activity cost.

How do I apply?

1. Send an email to your Squadron Commander stating:
  • The name, and date of the activity.
  • The total cost of the activity.
  • That the full cost would be a financial burden.
  • Requesting a 1/3 squadron scholarship, 1/3 wing scholarship, and to pay 1/3 of the activity cost yourself.
2. Squadron Commanders:
  • Forward the scholarship request email to the Washington Wing Administrator, at
  • Include in your forward certification that the Cadet is active, deserving, and has need of assistance.
  • An IRS Form W-9 needs to be filled out for the scholarship. Ask the Wing Administrator for guidance on this.

Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP)

Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available to cover encampment fees and uniforms with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets. An inability to afford encampment will not hold back cadets who want to participate in an encampment. Assistance is available to cadets and is targeted towards low-income families and first-time attendees.
Flight Scholarships

By far some of the most rewarding activities in Civil Air Patrol are those aimed at teaching Cadets to fly! Likewise, these activities are often the most expensive to attend. Because of this, Washington Wing encourages Cadets to look outside the Wing for scholarships in addition to and before applying for a cadet activity scholarship from Washington Wing.

Below are some links to scholarships and organizations who provide scholarships to Cadet student pilots, for flying lessons and/or Cadet flying activities. Note that some of these scholarships are only available to Cadets who have already completed a solo flight.
Cadets are also encouraged to contact local chapters of such organizations as the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and other community clubs that provide scholarships to outstanding young people.

Special Awards for Cadets and Cadet Programs members

Check out the link below for more information about Awards and Decorations you may earn in the Cadet Program!
  • CAP NHQ - Cadet Special Awards
    • Cadet of the Year
    • Frank G. Brewer CAP Memorial Aerospace Award
    • Air Force Association Award to Outstanding CAP Cadets
    • Air Force Association AE Cadet of the Year Award
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars' Cadet of the Year Award
    • The Congressional Award
    • President's Active Lifestyle Award
    • The Presidential Physical Fitness Award
      and more...

Aviation and Other Scholarships
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