Two scholarships sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association are available for a graduating high school senior or a college student pursuing aviation as a career, the association announced Jan. 8.
High school seniors graduating in the spring of 2016 can apply for the $2,000 Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award after they are accepted and enrolled in a college aviation degree core program. Courses of study can include flight training, management, aerospace education, maintenance technician, airway science, and other aviation-specific tracks. Stimpson was a founder of the aircraft manufacturers association and served as its president from 1970 to 1990 and again from 1992 to 1996.
“Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on what aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in aviation,” GAMA noted in a news release. Applicants also must have a 3.0 or better grade point average.
College flight team pilots can now apply for the Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence and its $2,000 scholarship if they are a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association member school. The collegiate flight team award is named after Wood, NIFA’s founder and a former executive director.
“Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, aviation-related and non-aviation-related extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future,” GAMA said. The applicants also must have a 3.0 or better grade point average. The Wood award will be announced at NIFA’s annual SAFECON awards banquet set for Ohio State University Airport in May.
Both scholarship deadlines are April 15. GAMA’s website has more information.