Flight Scholarships Boost Aviation Training

Dedicated to developing the next generation of pilots, MMI’s FAA-certified flight training program allows Flying Tigers cadets to chase their aviation dreams. Because flight training hours are billed to cadets as an extracurricular activity, MMI Foundation flight scholarships have helped close the gap by removing financial barriers for cadets training locally at Vaiden Field. Awarded annually, the Ernest A. Fite Army Aviation Endowed Scholarship and the David E. McCollum Aviation Endowed Scholarship continue to impact deserving individuals. In 2023, the MMI Alumni Brigade also chose to provide $5,000 in additional flight scholarships.   A major development for MMI’s Flight Training program came to fruition on November 8, 2023, when Auburn University formalized a new aviation partnership with MMI. Effective January 1, 2024, the Aviation Student Matriculation agreement allows MMI to act as a feeder school for AU’s Professional Flight and Aviation Management programs.  For seamless transfer, MMI graduates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have already obtained their Private Pilot’s License.   MMI’s Flying Tigers program currently offers both military and civil aviation tracks, whereby cadets can earn up to an FAA commercial pilot’s license. Learn more at