Supporting Youth

Scholarship Fund

Every year the AMA provides several sizeable scholarships to deserving students who are heavily involved in model aeronautics and plan to pursue scientific or technical careers. In 2012, AMA youth member Brian Pacelli of Wallingford, Connecticut , was  one of the Academy’s scholarship winners. He was awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships that will help him attend Muhlenberg College where he will double major in Physics and Theater.

To learn more about the AMA scholarship program and about scholarship winners click here.

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The Academy is devoted to education through model aviation. Donations from supporters like you allow the education team to pursue avenues that propel education and ignite creativity with concepts from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

One of the team’s goals is to provide aviation-based programs to clubs and educators across America. Here are just a few of the programs education donations support:

AMA Youth Membership: The AMA provides full membership benefits to Youth members under the age of 19 to learn about the hobby and the many benefits of learning to fly. Youth members receive all of the insurance and benefits as a regular membership, scholarship opportunities, and the new Youth e-newsletter, Flightline.

Camp AMA: Camp AMA is a week-long summer camp held at the International Aeromodeling Center every year for aeromodelers ages 13-18 to develop their model aviation skills with some of the best RC pilots in the nation. Due to financial constraints, many Youth members who would like to attend Camp AMA cannot. Individuals and clubs can sponsor a student in their area or a student who has shown interest through the AMA by contacting the Education department via email: Click here to learn more

Charter Club Outreach: Clubs are a very important component of the AMA. The Academy is devoted to helping its clubs. The Charter Club Outreach Program enables clubs wishing to promote youth and aviation-centered educational activities. Support materials, including program information and curriculum ideas, are provided to clubs on a regular basis for presentations to local schools, Scout groups, summer camps, and other youth organizations.

Click here to learn more.

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MASC (Model Aviation Student Clubs): Chartering program for student aeromodeling clubs. Click here to learn more.

TAG (Take Off And Grow): Provides financial assistance to clubs to help with the cost of introducing model aviation to youth in their communities. Click here to learn more.

Traveling exhibits, including MOCH 1: The AMA is heavily involved in educational activities that promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Every year the education team attends events across the nation to provide aviation-related educational information to students, teachers, and related educators.

Composition of instructional videos and programs, including AeroLab and AMA Flight School.

National Model Aviation Museum

 Museum Patron Program

Please consider becoming a Museum Patron to support the National Model Aviation Museum. Patrons are awarded special recognition for the level of yearly giving they choose to support.

Patrons receive the following based on the following monetary contribution:

Patron Level, $25
Cloud 9 quarterly newsletter, pin, patch, and sticker.
10% off purchases in the Cloud 9 Museum Store and discounted research and plans fees.

Supporting Level, $100
Cloud 9 quarterly newsletter, Certificate of Patronage, pin, patch, and sticker.
10% off purchases in the Cloud 9 Museum Store and discounted research and plans fees.

Life Level, $1000
Cloud 9 quarterly newsletter, Life Patron Plaque, pin, patch, and sticker.
10% off purchases in the Cloud 9 Museum Store and discounted research and plans fees.

If you would like to make a donation to the general Museum Fund please choose the “other” option on the fund selection page. This donation will benefit the National Model Aviation Museum. Donations made to this account will not qualify donors for Museum Patron benefits. If you wish to become a Museum Patron and give an additional donation to the National Model Aviation Museum, please contact the AMA Development team, (765) 287-1256 ext. 277.

Contributions made to the National Model Aviation Museum, the world’s largest, help the museum with its mission to preserve and showcase the history of model aviation. Donations, including those made by Museum Patrons, have made a significant impact on these efforts. 

Learn more about the National Model Aviation Museum here, or make an appointment for a tour of the museum, located at 5151 East Memorial Drive, Muncie, Indiana 47302.

To learn about artifact donations, visit the National Model Aviation Museum’s Donation page

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Club Assistance

National Site Development

Every year several national and international events are held at the Academy’s International Aeromodeling Center (IAC). With the help of generous supporters like you, the IAC is regularly maintained and prepared for competitions and fly-ins.

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Disaster Relief Fund 

Dozens of Disaster Relief Grants have been awarded to clubs that have asked the AMA for support to continue enjoying the modeling hobby they love. Grants are provided to clubs that have experienced natural disasters at their fields that keeps them from enjoying the sport. Donor support has helped the AMA provide assistance to nearly every club that has applied for a grant since the launch of the program. Click here to learn more.


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Planned Giving

Estate Planning

Please consider the AMA in your estate planning. Bequests from AMA’s members and supporters have helped significantly expand the programs of the Academy. AMA’s international events, educational programming, its museum, and regular advancements in the hobby are helped with generous donations of supporters who name AMA in their wills and trusts.

A bequest allows you to memorialize a loved one and provide financial support for the advancement and commemoration of aeromodeling.

Do you have a will? Two-thirds of American adults don’t. Do you need one? In most cases, the answer is yes.

AMA’s Development Office is available to discuss your options for making a contribution in your will to the future of aeromodeling. Contact AMA via phone (800) 435-9262 x 276, or 277, or via email, .

Commemorative Giving

Make a gift in memory of a loved one

Are you looking for a way to honor a loved one who was involved in the hobby? The AMA recognizes donations made in memory of loved ones, past members, and pilots. Consider honoring your loved one by supporting educational programming and scholarships or by purchasing a brick in the AMA Walk of Fame.

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AMA Walk of Fame

Established in 2001, the AMA Walk of Fame at the International Aeromodeling Center is designed in the shape of a large propeller and signifies the history of the hobby with honored names from all sectors of model aeronautics. Purchasing a brick along the Walk of Fame permanently includes your name, or the name of an honoree, along this scenic walk. It’s a permanent testimony to your continuing support of the hobby.

Walk of Fame bricks are available in different shapes, colors, and materials.

Click here to engrave your brick.

Government Relations/Advocacy 

During the past several years, model aviation has been brought under review by the FAA. Your government relations team has continuously worked with the FAA and Congress to protect the sport and pilots’ flying privileges. Donations made toward this effort help AMA’s Advocacy Team with its work on Capitol Hill and go directly to supporting the costs associated with efforts made on behalf of the entire aeromodeling community.

Please regularly check our government relations website for updates on issues facing the model flying community at If you would like to communicate directly with your Advocacy Team, email .

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Gifts for the Greatest Need

Like all nonprofits, the Academy’s financial needs often change due to unforeseen circumstances. Your professional staff is dedicated to addressing those financial challenges as they come up, which often times puts pressure on the operating budget. Your gift to this fund will help to soften any fiscal bumps as they arise.

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