The Annual AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Engineering Scholarships have been awarded since 2002. The scholarships are intended to promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue related engineering or science degrees.  Scholarship information and applications are available early-to-mid-Spring, and applications are due by April 30. To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior living within the Greater Huntsville Section area, entering an accredited university in the Greater Huntsville Section area, and pursuing an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in aeronautics or astronautics. The scholarships have been funded by contributions and by the proceeds of seminars and symposia that the Section has sponsored or cosponsored, and an endowment has been established to aid in supporting these scholarships.



Robert L. Sackheim Engineering & Science Scholarship


The recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Robert L. Sackheim Engineering, Science, & Math Scholarships are Matthew William Hill and Zachary Barbre, respectively. The $1000 scholarships are given in memory of Bob Sackheim, an industry giant and a former AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Chair. The Sackheim Scholarships promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue related engineering or science degrees.

We receive several applications every year for this scholarship. All applications are thoroughly reviewed by a panel of judges from our AIAA GHS membership. We commend each of the applicants for their academic achievements and wish the best in their future endeavors.


2020 Sackheim Scholarship Recipient Mr. Matthew William Hill

Mr. Hill is a 2021 graduate of James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. Mr. Hill maintained a 4.4 GPA while participating in clubs such as the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Chemistry Club. He ran Cross Country, in which he received numerous awards, and he was also a First Priority Leader. He has served his community by helping with church activities, assisting with STEAM events, volunteering at the Manna House and House of Harvest, and helping at the Huntsville Animal Shelter. Mr. Hill plans to attend Auburn University where he will pursue degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

2021 Sackheim Scholarship Recipient Mr. Zachary Barbre

Mr. Barbre is a 2021 graduate of Huntsville High School. Mr. Barbre maintained a 4.49 GPA and participated in his school’s Academic Team, Band, Math Team, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society), Rho Kappa (National History Honor Society), and National Technical Honor Society. He was a member of his school’s Cyber Patriot team, which placed 3rd in the state in 2020, and went on win the state championship in 2021. Mr. Barbre was also involved in community service through church activities. Mr. Barbre plans to attend Mississippi State University where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.