The SSA is pleased to announce the continuation of the scholarship program for new CFI-Gs. This successful program was begun in 2019 with generous donations from John Weber and others. It is being continued with additional funding from donors and the SSA. The goal is to grow the sport through stronger clubs with enthusiastic flight instruction and training programs. The SSA hopes these scholarships will provide an incentive to individuals who might otherwise not begin their CFI-G training, or are unlikely to complete their current CFI-G training for financial reasons. Interested clubs which are SSA Chapters are encouraged to submit applicants who are likely to become active and effective instructors in their club.


  • The SSA will offer at least 10 scholarships for $1500 each to be used to offset the applicant’s expenses in becoming a CFI-G.
  • The scholarship can be applied toward the expenses incurred in obtaining an initial CFI-G certificate, the add-on glider rating to an existing CFI certificate, or the re-certification of a lapsed CFI-G certificate.
  • Each SSA Chapter may submit up to two applicants.
  • The Chapter must provide an additional $500 funding to the applicant. This support could be in the form of waived club expenses associated with the CFI-G training.
  • The new CFI-G certificate/rating must be completed within 24 months of when the applicant is notified of the scholarship award.
  • The applicant must be an SSA member and an active member of the sponsoring SSA Chapter.
  • Scholarship recipients will be selected by a small SSA committee created for this purpose and notified of the selection results before May 1st.
  • SSA scholarship funds will be paid to the new CFI-G upon completion of the CFI-G certificate/rating and receipt of documentation from the Chapter confirming the Chapter’s $500 contribution.

In order to apply, click on the APPLY HERE button below. Fill out the application form provided and use the buttons to upload your documents: (1) sponsoring letter from your club, (2) at least 2 letters of recommendation and (3) your personal statement. Please be sure to include all of the requested information. The website will send the information to the committee. You and the SSA office will also get copies of your application.

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