1. Starting April 1, 2021, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due May 13, 2021.
2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.
3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll need to provide details on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.
4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.
5. Review, finalize and then save your application, by clicking submit.
Southwest Airlines Scholarships 2021 Timeline
April 1, 2021
May 13, 2021
September 30, 2021
Due date for recipients to sign and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification documents. These documents and forms are needed before SVCF can mail scholarship award payments.
Southwest is committed to building a diverse talent pipeline, while inspiring future generations to find careers within the airline industry. The Southwest Airlines Scholarship provides access to education and is available to those seeking diverse educational pathways. The scholarships are one-year awards for students pursuing higher education. Applicants must intend to enroll or be enrolled at an accredited vocational, community/junior college or undergraduate program, and pursuing a degree or post-secondary certificate.
The selection committee looks for students showing academic achievement, financial need, demonstrated communication skills and strong character values. In addition, the selection committee will take into consideration the overall quality of the application materials, personal statement, and interview.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000
Number of Awards: Up to 20
Demonstrate career interest in the airline industry through one or more of the following:
- Acceptance into a degree program, major, or trade specialty that prepares for careers within the airline industry (including but not limited to: frontline operations, customer service and hospitality, aircraft maintenance, dispatch, engineering, flight operations; as well as corporate positions such as finance, technology, human resources, marketing, sales, and communications.)
- Demonstrated vocational interest or personal aspirations in the airline industry through internship, work, or extracurricular experiences.
- Age must be 24 or younger at the time the applications are due.
- Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university in a vocational, 2-year or 4-year program in the upcoming fall or spring semester.
- Demonstrated academic achievement or growth and leadership qualities through extracurricular activities.
- Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA (if currently enrolled in classes).
- Scholarships may be applied only to tuition, on-campus room and board, books and costs related to an institution’s cost of attendance. Students who receive full scholarships (covering the cost of tuition and books) during the year from any other source(s) are not eligible.
- Special consideration is given to applicants who identify as black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), are first-generation college students, and are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
The Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarship was established in May 1981 by their namesakes. In its 40th year, this scholarship was established for eligible dependents of Southwest Airlines Employees to pursue higher education. Applicants must plan to enroll or be enrolled at an accredited vocational, community/junior college, or undergraduate institution.
Each year, the selection committee receives hundreds of applications for these scholarships. Among such a talented application pool, the selection committee looks for students showing academic achievement, financial need, demonstrated communication skills and strong character values. In addition, the selection committee will take into consideration the overall quality of the application materials, personal statement and interview.
Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,500
Number of Awards: Up to 5
- Must be an eligible dependent of a Southwest Airlines (SWA) Employee (spouses are ineligible).
- At the time scholarships are due, the SWA employee must be an active employee of at least two years.
- Must be a high school senior or high school graduate; having received a diploma or equivalency; and
- Age must be 24 or younger at the time applications are due.
- Eligible dependents must attend or plan to attend an accredited vocational, community/junior college or undergraduate institution, and must be pursuing their first post-secondary degree or certificate for the upcoming academic year.
- Demonstrated academic achievement or growth and leadership qualities through extracurricular involvement.
- Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA (if currently enrolled in classes).
- Scholarships may be applied only to tuition, on-campus room and board, books and any other items related to a university’s cost of attendance. Students who receive full scholarships (covering the cost of tuition and books) during the year from any other source(s) are not eligible.
Required Application Documents
In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered.
1. Personal Statement
Submit your personal statement into your Apply SVCF application. Your 500-850 word personal statement should address the prompts listed on your ApplySVCF application.
2. Financial Information and Documentation
Applicants must provide financial information in Apply SVCF, including but not limited to:
- 2021-22 FAFSA Student Aid Report
- 2021-22 Dream Act Student Aid Report
- First two pages of your parent’s or guardian’s most recent Federal Tax Form 1040
- A copy of their last two pay stubs for this year
3. Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
There are two ways to submit your letters of recommendation.
- Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
- Have your recommenders submit the letters themselves. First, include the name and email address of your two recommenders in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommenders before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommenders and request that they submit their letters to us directly.
Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.
4. Unofficial or Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit only PDFs)
Upload PDF versions of your unofficial or official transcripts to Apply SVCF under the appropriate transcript field or Confirmation tab at the end of the application.
Current graduating high school seniors: Submit an unofficial or official high school transcript.
Current college students: Submit unofficial or official college transcript(s) for all college coursework completed AND unofficial or official high school transcript(s).
Note: Any unofficial transcripts submitted will be reviewed for inconsistencies and an official transcript may be requested by SVCF at any time for confirmation. All submitted transcripts must include: student’s full name, student ID number, name of high school or college, all courses and grades, and cumulative GPA.
5. Employment Verification (Herbert D. Kelleher and Rollin W. King Scholarships only)
- Applicant must report their parent’s name, date of hire, and employee ID number (example: 12345 or 10101)