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The Trade Schools, Licensing, and Certification Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2021 to recognize and provide grants to members of the AAAA, and selected spouses, children, and grandchildren of members and deceased members to support Trade School, Licensing, and Certification programs.


In order to apply for a TLC Grant, you must meet one of the following criteria:

You must be a current Army Aviation Association of America member.
The spouse of a current AAAA member
The son or daughter of a current AAAA member
The grandchild of a current AAAA member
Must be a high school graduate or have your GED equivalent

In all above instances, the AAAA member must have been a member for a minimum of one year*. This requirement is waived for uniformed members of the Active Army, ARNG, and USAR. The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited course.

*This requirement is waived for the first year of the program.


Documentation should include the following

[1] High School Transcript or GED Equivalent

[2] Proof of Admission to an Accredited trade school, licesning test/course, or certification course. If awarded, funding will be provided after proof of enrollment is received. The start and end date, as well as projected cost of the program will be requested. Individuals can reapply each year if enrolled in a multi-year program and they have successfully completed the prior year.

[3] Brief Reference - This needs to come from an individual, who is not a relative, that is aware of the applicant's abilities and potential

[4] Essay – Applicants are asked to compose a maximum 500-word descriptionexplaining either the trade school course you are enrolled in and why have you enrolled in this course, or the licensing, or certification examination you have applied to take.  Explain how this grant will be used to further your professional goals, and what skills you possess to make these goals a reality.

[5] Official Photograph – A head and shoulders photograph is required and will become the property of AAAA TLC Foundation to be used for publicity purposes. This should be uploaded in pdf, jpeg, jpg or tiff format.

[6] If applicant is applying for AAAA TLC Funding after being awarded funding in the past, confirmation of completion of prior funded program will be required. 


Any person may submit the official application form directly to the AAAA TLC Foundation for consideration, provided that they meet the eligibility outlined above and have all documentation that is required. Submissions will be accepted through the AAAA website at


The application and all supplemental materials are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.


The submitted applications will be reviewed and selected by a board of independent AAAA TLC Foundation evaluators.