All application materials must be submitted together via e-mail or mailed in a single envelope.

  • E-mail application submissions to
  • Mail application submissions to:
    Stripes to Bars
    P.O. Box 12234
    Denver, CO 80212

Upcoming Scholarships

Stripes to Bars 2019 Award

  • Applications open January 1st, 2019 through March 31st, 2019
  • Scholarships to be awarded on May 1st, 2019

Initial steps/requirements

  1. Obtain aviation medical certificate (1st class required for career track, 3rd class for non-career track)
  2. Obtain a copy of DD 214 (Discharged Veterans) or ORB/ERB (Current Servicemembers)
    • Please ensure social security numbers are blacked out in all supporting documents.
  3. Obtain a commander’s letter of recommendation (Current Servicemembers) or profession letter of recommendation (Discharged Veterans)
  4. Complete Stripes to Bars application (download here)
  5. Submit complete application packet and all supporting documents via email or mail


  1. Applicants must be currently serving, or honorably discharged Veterans, of the United States armed forces
  2. Applicants must obtain an aviation medical certificate (1st class required for career track, 3rd class for non-career track)
  3. Although prior criminal history is not an automatically disqualifying event*, Stripes to Bars reserves the right to evaluate each application in it’s entirety to determine eligibility.
    Prior criminal history will be reviewed during the process of obtaining a medical certificate
  4. Have access to Stripes to Bars qualified flight training facility, equipment and instructor (see list of approved facilities and information on how to have a flight school or instructor added to the approved list)
  5. Have transportation and schedule availability to allow flight lessons weekly (schedule to be determined between student, equipment, and instructor availability)

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicant must submit a complete, signed application, together with all supporting documents.
  2. The award determination will be made on the selection committee’s evaluation of the overall quality of the application and the scholarship essay questions.


  • All scholarships are awarded on an individual basis, as funding is available and dispersed at the discretion of the selection committee
  • Funds will be paid directly to the approved flight training facility from which the applicant intends to become certified
  • Scholarship selection shall be made without regard to race, national origin, sex, or disability**

**Disabilities preventing applicants from obtaining an aviation medical certificate will be solely determined by an Aviation Medical Examiner