Certified Flight Instructor


The WMU College of Aviation is seeking highly qualified and motivated individuals who are willing to train for their FAA flight instructor certificate at WMU and then teach for WMU once FAA certification is obtained.  To facilitate this, WMU CoA will provide scholarship funds to an undetermined number of flight instructor candidates.  Award recipients must use the funds to offset training costs for their flight instructor certificate.  Accelerated training will be conducted during the Summer 2024 semester. There will be two accelerated sessions, beginning on June 10th and July 15th.

The CoA is providing these scholarships with the understanding that award recipients will reinvest in the college through employment as a flight instructor.    


  • Have previously completed AVS 4030 – Flight Instructor Fundamentals or take it concurrently during the Summer 2024 semester
  • Cumulative university/college GPA of 2.75 or higher at time of application
  • Hold an FAA commercial pilot certificate with airplane single engine land and instrument ratings at least one week prior to CFI flight course start date
  • Hold a valid FAA medical that will allow the applicant to exercise at least third class privileges
  • U.S. Citizen or non-citizen with eligibility to work in the United States
  • Preference will be given to those applicants that have completed their FAA commercial pilot training at WMU
  • Prerequisites must be met by: 

            June 3rd for the 1st Session (starts on June 10)

            July 8th for the 2nd Session (starts on July 15)

Application deadline is midnight on March 24, 2024. 

Scholarship Recipients:

  • Required to enroll in AVS 4060 so that scholarship award can be posted against fees
  • Must have good availability throughout the week during the semester and be available for training at night. It is expected that you complete the courses in one semester. 

Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s ETA/Banner account. Funds can be used for tuition, flight training and other directly related expenses to the flight instructor training. Payments or reimbursements from the University to students may impact financial aid budgets

To Apply:

To apply you will be required to upload the following:

  1.   Copy of your driving record
  2.   Resume (include any volunteer experience, involvement in any social or professional organization)
  3.   A 300-700 word essay, typed and double spaced, addressing the following topics: 
  • How does a flight instructor certificate fit into your overall career objectives?
  • Who was the best flight instructor you have flown with and what made that instructor the best?
  • Why are you the most qualified candidate for the WMU Flight Instructor Training Course Scholarship?

Summer 2024 Application Application Open until Midnight, March 24, 2024

Fall 2024 Application Not available

Spring 2024 Application Not available