Timing Is Everything...
Given some still-simmering
resentments in this country over the fact Saudi Arabia was home
to nearly all the 9/11 hijackers... is this the best time
for that country to be offering cash scholarships for its students
to train for aviation careers in the US?
Well, regardless, it is... as Aero-News has learned the Ministry
of Higher Education and the General Authority of Civil Aviation are
offering scholarships to Saudi students to study various civil
aviation majors in several countries, including the United
Both bachelor’s and post-graduate study programs are
available under the program... and applicants have until July 12 to
submit their applications online.
The Middle East daily Arab News reports the scholarships are
available in majors such as communications, electrical and computer
engineering, computer science, systems analysis, air traffic
control, flight safety, and other majors related to the airline
Most of the usual scholarship requirements apply -- high GPA's
are preferred, of course, as is a proficiency in science,
administrative and commercial sciences. Post-grad applicants must
have acquired their bachelor degrees in the past three-years, and
aeromedical students must also have scored above a 70 percent in
tests of their abilities.
All applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in
knowledge of the Koran, according to Arab News.
Forms to apply are available at the FMI link below. Nominations
to the program will be announced July 31, with interviews in August
and final scholarship winners announced on September 2.
The Saudi government offers various scholarships to students
looking to study abroad -- including the US, Japan, South Korea,
Malaysia, Singapore, India, China, Australia and New Zealand.