There are numerous scholarships for Explorers.  Each year literally thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unused simply because no one took the time to even apply for the scholarship.  This is free money available only to Explorers.  Take the time.  Apply now!!!

Each scholarship has different criteria, nomination forms, and submission deadline. Each scholarship is listed below with a link providing the nomination form.  Please be aware of the nomination submission deadline.  Most deadlines are in March.


Youth participating in the Exploring program may apply for the following scholarships:


National Aviation Explorer Scholarships (10/$3,000 to $10,000)
The National Aviation Exploring Committee awards individual scholarships between $3,000 and $10,000 annually to aviation Explorers pursuing a career in the aviation industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry. Type of aviation Explorer scholarships: degree leading to an aviation profession, avionics repair program, recreational or pilot certificate, maintenance aircraft repair program, and aviation management program to include design, engineering, airport management, etc.
Spartan School of Aeronautics (Academic Scholarship Gift-in-Kind Valued at 4/$2,000)
Spartan School of Aeronautics offers four annual scholarships to encourage Aviation Explorers to enter and complete an aviation curriculum that will lead to an exciting, well-paying career in aviation as a professional pilot, aviation maintenance technician, avionics technician, or instrument technician.


IAFCF Scholarship (Fire Service, $500)
The International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation coordinates a yearly $500 scholarship program to assist Explorers in pursuing a career in the fire sciences.


National Youth Representative Scholarship
Law Enforcement Exploring will provide a scholarship to the outgoing National Youth Representative at the National Law Enforcement Conference.
ATFAR Scholarship (Law Enforcement, $1,000)
The retiree's association of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) offers scholarships in the amount of $1,000. Scholarships are presented every year to Law Enforcement Explorers
Capt. James J. Regan Scholarship (Law Enforcement, $1,000)
The National Technical Investigators Association presents two one-time $500 scholarships annually. Criteria include academic record, leadership, extracurricular activities, and a personal statement.
DEA Drug Abuse Prevention Service Award (Law Enforcement, $1,000)
The DEA Drug Abuse Prevention Service Award consists of an engraved plaque and a $1,000 award, which will be presented in recognition of "an act or actions representing a contribution of outstanding service in drug abuse prevention." For more information, see the workbook (PDF - 3.7MB) for this award.
Federal Criminal Investigators' Service Award (Law Enforcement, $500)
Federal Criminal Investigators Association recognizes Explorers who render outstanding service to law enforcement agencies with a $500 U.S. Savings bond and plaque.
Sheryl A. Horak Memorial Scholarship (Law Enforcement, $1,000)
This merit-based award involves a $1,000, one-time scholarship. The award also includes a plaque and pin.
Law Enforcement Exploring Community Crime Prevention Award
The International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners provides an annual recognition of Explorer posts that exhibit outstanding support of their communities. Includes a plaque and pin.
Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency Awards
Provides an opportunity for posts and their Explorers to earn recognition in community service, crime prevention, law enforcement service, law enforcement training, firearms training, emergency preparedness, tenure and Explorer of the Year.


AFL-CIO Skill Trades Scholarship (Skill Trades, 2/$1,000)

The AFL-CIO presents two $1,000 scholarships annually to Explorers to help them support their education toward a career in skilled trades.