FAQ

  1. Do I need an FAA medical even if I already have a military flight physical?
  2. Can I apply if I have a preexisting medical condition?
  3. Do I need an FAA medical certificate to apply for a non-career STB scholarship?
  4. Do I have to provide my social security number in order to apply?
  5. Do I need to pursue a career in aviation in order to apply for the scholarship or can I use it towards a private pilot certificate?
  6. Can I apply for a scholarship at any time?
  7. I would like to train at a flight school that is not on your approved flight school list. How can I get my desired flight school to be approved?
  8. Are active duty, separated, and retired military eligible to apply for the Stripes to Bars Scholarship?
Q. Do I need an FAA medical even if I already have a military flight physical?

A. If you are pursuing a career track, you will still need to obtain an FAA medical. If you are on the non-career track you will need to show evidence of your up-to-date medical examination issued by the U.S. Armed Forces.

Q. Can I apply if I have a preexisting medical condition?

A. Being able to obtain an FAA medical certificate will distinguish your eligibility. It is up to the medical examiner to decide if your preexisting condition will prohibit you from flight training. 

Q. Do I need an FAA medical certificate to apply for a non-career STB scholarship?

A. Yes. If you have not previously held an FAA medical certificate at any point after July 15, 2006 you must obtain an FAA medical. If you have held an FAA medical certificate, see this FAQ for BasicMed which are the new requirements as of May 1, 2017. 

Q. Do I have to provide my social security number in order to apply?

A. No, we do not need that information. We request that our applicants black out all social security numbers on any documentation provided to STB. 

Q. Do I need to pursue a career in aviation in order to apply for the scholarship or can I use it towards a private pilot certificate?

A. We accept both types of applicants. Our mission is to increase the pilot population while assisting veterans in their transition from the military, whether pursuing a private pilot certificate or a professional flying career.

Q. Can I apply for a scholarship at any time?

A. No. See the Applicants page for the open application windows. 

Q. I would like to train at a flight school that is not on your approved flight school list. How can I get my desired flight school to be approved?

A. The flight school will need to fill out and submit an application for approval to apply@stripestobars.org or mail to:

Stripes to Bars
P.O. Box 12234
Denver, CO 80212 

Q. Are active duty, separated, and retired military eligible to apply for the Stripes to Bars Scholarship?

A. Yes!