The mission of the Daedalian Foundation is to promote military aviation, education, citizenship and charity. We have set the following goals to accomplish this mission:

  • We will inspire young Americans to pursue careers as military aviators, via college scholarships, flying instruction and other educational opportunities.
  • We will perpetuate the spirit of patriotism, love of country, and high ideals of self-sacrifice exemplified by the American pilots of World War I in whose honor the Order of Daedalians was founded.
  • We will raise and invest funds to advance the Daedalian Foundation mission.


We will inspire tomorrow’s military aviators to selflessly serve the Nation.

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The Daedalian Foundation offers a number of programs to inspire future military aviators. Many scholarships are available to students through our local flights (chapters). To find your nearest flight click here. Several of our local flights offer a Daedalian Flying Training (DFT) scholarship; this allows students who want to pursue a military career in aviation to attend ground school and take flying lessons up to the point of a solo flight. Our National Headquarters supports the Junior ROTC medal program for approximately 1,200 high schools nationally. The Daedalian Foundation also produces the “Daedalus Flyer,” a quarterly news and educational publication. Many of the top military education facilities present awards sponsored by the foundation.


The Daedalian Foundation provides scholarship opportunities to students who have demonstrated the desire and potential to become a commissioned military aviator (pilot, navigator, combat systems officer, Naval flight officer, air battle manager, astronaut, RPA pilot, or flight surgeon). Learn More>

Daedalian Flying Training (DFT) scholarship

The Daedalian Flying Training (DFT) scholarship is a four-way partnership of the Daedalian Foundation, participating flights, FAA-certified flight schools, and the selected candidates. Successful applicants will receive ground and flight training necessary to achieve a solo flight in a general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Learn More


The Daedalian Foundation awards excellence in education with presentations made to outstanding graduates of the undergraduate pilot training schools of the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command, the Naval Air Training Command, the Army Aviation School, and to the USAF Academy Outstanding Cadet in the Order of Graduation. Learn More

Daedalus Flyer

The quarterly publication of the Daedalians offers historical and current aviation news, plus information on national and local flight activities including speakers, awards and presentations. It is available to members both in hard copy and electronically. Learn More>

JROTC Medals

Daedalians are a fraternity of commissioned military aviators from all services. It is named after the legendary figure Daedalus, and was organized by World War I pilots who sought to perpetuate the spirit of patriotism, love of country and service to our nation. This award is offered to encourage the development of these traits in junior ROTC cadets and to interest them in a military career. The Daedalian JROTC medal is one of the highest ranked awards in each of the services. Learn More>

Capt. Graziano Memorial Award and Scholarship

The Capt. John F. S. Graziano Memorial Award and Scholarship has been established in his memory through the Daedalian Foundation by his friends, family and comrades in arms. On Nov. 13, 2018, Captain Graziano died when his plane crashed during a night training mission at Laughlin AFB, Texas. Captain Graziano was a man of strong faith, integrity, and character. He did not fear death but rather embraced life, and celebrated each and every day with enthusiasm, warmth and a passion for flight. In memory of Captain Graziano, a native of Elkridge, Maryland, the award will be presented to an exceptional pilot candidate at the University of Maryland’s AFROTC Detachment 330 where John earned his commission as an Air Force officer. Learn More>