Like Macintosh computers not so long ago, people have often thought of drones as simply toys for grown-ups, but the times they are indeed changing. What kind of change might I be talking about? Well, thanks to UAV Coach, college scholarships are now up for grabs—specifically two scholarships for $1,000 each. That’s not shabby at all as that kind of dough will cover a little more than just books!
The main requirement for securing the scholarship is for students to write an essay that explores how drones are changing the world for the better. The essay topics range from how drones can be used for good, to the use of drones in STEM education, to how drones will change our world over the next ten years.
As a college educator myself, I think this is a pretty sweet opportunity.
As UAV Coach tells it, “As technology improves and drones get less and less expensive, we’re seeing a proliferation of different niche applications, from uses in agriculture, mining, surveying, fire fighting, and much, much more. UAV Coach wants to hear from thoughtful college students inspired by drone technology from all walks of life—when they think about the possibilities and the future of the drone industry, what do they imagine?”
So, maybe that kid of yours—the one who is in college now or about to enter next year and is pretty smooth flying a quadcopter or has built several from scratch—has something to say about the subject matter that will enhance his/her educational future.
Eligibility requirements for UAV Coach’s college scholarship are simple: Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university at the time of receiving the award, but may apply before being enrolled (i.e., high school seniors are eligible to apply).
That’s it. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Winners will be announced May 10, 2018. The two winning essays will be published on the UAV Coach website.
But Wait, There’s More…
And if that’s not enough, there’s also an opportunity for high school students who are looking to secure there commercial drone pilot license. UAV Coach is offering a scholarship to high school students that provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School, their remote test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 test.
Applications for the high school scholarship are accepted on a rolling basis, and there are no limits to the number of scholarships that will be awarded. The first 100 high school scholarship recipients to take the Part 107 test will also have their test fee covered (up to $150).
The high school scholarship provides students with an opportunity to start down the path to a possible career in the drone industry, knowing that an interest in drones could dovetail with an interest in engineering, cinematography, surveying, or a plethora of other possible occupations.
To learn more about UAV Coach’s high school scholarship, visit the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots webpage.
UAV Coach has always been first and foremost about education. This college scholarship, along with the high school scholarship launched last year, fit perfectly into their mission of providing training and resources to the drone industry. It’s no surprise that they are thrilled to be supporting young people in pursuing their educational goals while also helping to push the drone industry forward.