Spring 2023 Semester

General Information and Instructions

(Deadline for Application – Tuesday, March 28, 2023)



Background and Purpose:  The Professional Association of Aeronautical Center Employees (PAACE) was established to provide a network for employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aviation industry.  The Union derives its support from membership dues.


The purpose of the PAACE Scholarship Program is to assist students with completing their higher education efforts and to recognize and reward academically superior performance, achievements, leadership, and community involvement.  This PAACE scholarship is available on a competitive basis to any undergraduate, graduate, or technical/vocational student who is a spouse of a PAACE member or child (age 24 and under) of a PAACE member.


Flexibility Requirements:  Entrants must already be accepted to or attending an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school for the Spring Semester 2023.  Previous PAACE scholarship recipients may apply.


Selection Process:  A committee meets and evaluates applicants on the following criteria and then recommends PAACE scholars for selection:


  • Academic Achievement
  • Personal Qualities and Strengths
  • Essays
  • Total Credit Hours


A maximum of $3,000 will be awarded for the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter Semesters, inclusively. The selection committee may award the $3000 in a lump sum to one individual or divide it between multiple applicants with equally competitive and deserving application scores.


Instructions:  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application package is complete and that all materials are sent on time (received no later than Tuesday, March 28, 2023).  All applicants will be notified of the decision, which will be made on or before March 31, 2023.  Organize the package in the following order:


  1. Application
  2. Two Essays
  3. Proof of Enrollment (must include total credit hours)
  4. Official Transcript(s)
  5. Sealed and Signed Letter(s) of Recommendation


Mail completed application package to:


Attn: Scholarship Selection Committee Chairperson

6500 S MacArthur Blvd

Bldg 23, Room 148

Oklahoma City, OK 73169


Or hand deliver to Michael Robinson, ESS 152, Rm. 104, AMA-424.



  1. Application: Fill out the attached Application.  Do not leave any blanks.  If an item does not apply, indicate “N/A”.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.  Sign and date the application in the space provided.


  1. Essays: Please provide separate essays for the two items.


#1. State how higher education will help you contribute to the community.

#2. If you could invite anyone, living or dead, to dinner, who would you invite and why?


  1. Proof of Enrollment: Provide a class schedule or a bursar receipt as verification of enrollment in a higher education program. It must include the total number of hours enrolled.


  1. Official Transcript(s): Submit an official transcript of recent high school/college/vocation/ trade school.  If you are a first year college student (less than two full-time semesters on your college transcript), submit an official high school transcript along with your official college transcript.  If you are a first year graduate student, send your official undergraduate transcript.  The transcript(s) can accompany this application or be sent by the school directly to the PAACE Scholarship Chairperson (see address above).


  1. Letter(s) of Recommendation: Submit up to two sealed and signed letters of recommendation. At a minimum, one recommendation should be from a current school official that discusses your academic and personal achievements, as well as your potential for future success.  Suggested qualities to be included are maturity, motivation, self-confidence, leadership, and commitment.  The letter(s) should include the letterhead of the school/organization of the person writing the recommendation and his or her signature.