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There’s a drone scholarship for high school students. Here’s how you can win it

High school students who love drones — here’s a drone scholarship you need to take advantage of.

*Pssst!* Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get $50 off any Drone Pilot Ground School course!

Drone Pilot Ground School launched the High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots. The scholarship provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School for eligible high school students who are at least 16 years old. The scholarship will also pay for Part 107 test fees for the first 100 students to take the test. The Part 107 test fee is typically $150.

The Part 107 test is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and every pilot who operates a drone commercially needs to have passed it in order to obtain a license.

“We know the drone industry has the potential for creating new jobs for young people, and can help students get excited about STEM subjects,” said Perlman. “Providing a scholarship to interested, qualified high school students just seemed like a natural outgrowth of the support we’ve given the students at Taft High.”

Related read: Part 107 test: everything you need to know (except the answers)

Need more convincing to take the Part 107 test(besides the fact that it’s free for scholarship winners)?

“The research I’ve done indicates that commercial drone pilots can make anywhere from $40 to $75 an hour, and I want our students to have the opportunity to work in this emerging field,” said Matt Ernst, founder of the drone club at the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I personally used the Drone Pilot Ground School course to study for my Part 107 test, which I passed on my first try. Read more about what my Part 107 test experience was like here.

The fine print about the Drone Pilot Ground School Part 107 drone scholarship


Scholarship recipients get free access to Drone Pilot Ground School’s remote test prep course for the FAA’s Part 107 test (value of $299), and the first 100 students to take the test will have their test fee covered (up to $150), for a total value of approximately $450.

Eligible students must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be currently enrolled in high school
  • Live in the U.S.
How Many Students Can Apply to the Drone Scholarship?

There are an unlimited number of scholarships available, but only the first 100 students accepted will also have their Part 107 testing fee covered.

What Is the Deadline for the Drone Scholarship?

There is no deadline—applicants will be accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

Not a high school student but you still want to use Drone Pilot Ground School to study? It’s not free, but use this link to get $50 off any Drone Pilot Ground School course.

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