The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2000 McAllister and Burnside Memorial Scholarships. Each scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a college junior or senior enrolled in a curriculum leading to a degree in an aviation field.
"ASF wants to encourage young aviation students to give serious thought to significant ways we can improve general aviation safety," said Bruce Landsberg, ASF executive director. "These scholarships are also important because they help us remember the safety contributions of some dedicated and pioneering aviators."
The McAllister Memorial Scholarship was established in 1979 and honors Eugene and Dorothy McAllister, enthusiastic California pilots who devoted much of their lives to pilot training. The Donald Burnside Memorial Scholarship was started in 1991 to honor the aviation pioneer and co-founder of the Burnside-Ott academy in Florida.
College juniors or seniors applying for either scholarship must maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also write an essay answering the question, "What one item could be changed to improve student pilot training?" (for the McAllister Scholarship) and/or "How should the Air Safety Foundation educate pilots on avoiding VFR flight into instrument conditions?" (for the Burnside Scholarship).
Both annual scholarships are administered jointly by the Air Safety Foundation and the University Aviation Association.
Information and applications for 2000 McAllister and Burnside scholarships can be obtained from the AOPA Web site or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Scholarship, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701.
The scholarships will be awarded in July. Completed applications for either scholarship must be received by March 31, 2000.
The nonprofit AOPA Air Safety Foundation conducts general aviation safety research, produces educational materials, and provides courses—most of them free—for continuing pilot education nationwide.
It is funded by donations from individual pilots and organizations who support the cause of improved general aviation safety.
January 27, 2000