The San Carlos Airport based Upwind Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications.
Upwind provides a scholarship that includes flight and ground training for a high school student to prepare them to obtain their Private Pilot certificate during the summer between their junior and senior year.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program has awarded 32 scholarships since 2013.
Three Coastside High School Juniors have completed the program.
- Ashton Hacke, Half Moon Bay (Upwind Class of 2019)
- Evan Isenstein-Brand, Pacifica (Upwind Class of 2015)
- Eric Dasmalchi, Half Moon Bay (Upwind Class of 2013)
This scholarship is funded entirely by San Carlos and Half Moon Bay Airport users. In addition to individual donations from Half Moon Bay Airport users, the Half Moon Bay Airport Pilots Association has contributed to Upwind to assist with flight training for Coastside recipients
Applications for Upwind’s Summer of 2022 Program
are available at upwindscholarship.com.
Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, February 18, 2022.
Gretchen Kelly, Manager, County of San Mateo Airports, 650.573.3700| email@example.com
Upwind will hold an Informational Open House at the San Carlos Airport on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 3 PM.
Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Goals: Provide ground and flight training to Bay Area high school juniors with a passion for aviation. Scholarship recipients will complete a 9-week intensive training program during the summer between their junior and senior year to prepare them to take the FAA Private Pilot Airplane examination. We are committed to diversity and encourage all interested students to apply.
Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Objectives: Promote aviation and cultivate interest in aviation as a career to high school students.
Scholarship Candidate Requirements:
- High school student at least 17 years old by August 1st
- Good academic standing
- Passion for aviation
- Ability to complete a challenging, full-time training program during the summer
The Upwind Summer Scholarship provides comprehensive ground and flight training to the successful candidate(s).
Specifically, the Scholarship includes:
- FAA third class medical examination
- Ground school instruction
- FAA Knowledge Test
- Flight training material
- Flight instruction
- Phase checks at training milestones
- Check ride with FAA designated pilot examiner
- Mentoring from the San Carlos aviation community
The Upwind Scholarship Program is based at the San Carlos Airport.
Visit upwindscholarship.com to learn more!
Email Upwind at scholarship@
or call 650.394.5364
Meet the Upwind Class of 2021!
Upwind Foundation is pleased to announce of Upwind Class of 2021. The following San Francisco Bay Area high school juniors have been awarded the flight scholarship: Alex Fester of Palo Alto, Isabela Sugden of San Carlos, Mikey O’Sullivan of San Francisco and Teddy Seligman of San Mateo. In this accelerated flight training program, these four aspiring young aviators will aim to earn their private pilot’s certificate after nine weeks of intensive instruction.
Thank you from the Upwind Class of 2020!
The Upwind Class of 2020 wants to thank all the donors and the community that made this program possible. Watch this video to hear directly from them on how this program made an significant impact on their life.