If you’re looking to become an A&P mechanic or searching for funds to progress in your maintenance career, you’ll want to apply for one of two $3,000 Rob Louviaux/DeLaurentis Foundation scholarships.
Two scholarships worth $3,000 each will be awarded to high-achieving individuals who are pursuing their next level of maintenance education.
The awards have been named after Rob Louviaux, who served as the lead mechanic on the 2019-2020 polar circumnavigation flight around the world on a 1983 Gulfstream Twin Commander 900 dubbed Citizen of the World. Pilot and circumnavigator Robert DeLaurentis said, “I traveled to 6 continents, 22 countries and 2 poles. Rob was always available to me by phone or text. When I was stuck at a remote airstrip in Sweden, Rob was talking and texting me wiring diagrams. He directed me to various fuses and connections in different parts of the plane. Eventually working together, we diagnosed a bad starter generator, and we were able to get it replaced. Knowing he was there for me helped boost my confidence to go out into the world and take chances to connect humanity.”
“Mechanics today are being trained to do part replacement rather than diagnosing the issues on a deeper level and understanding what’s really going on,” stated the foundation. “This method of diagnosing issues costs pilots and the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars more making aviation more expensive and less accessible to aspiring pilots.”
Individuals interested in applying for the scholarship must submit a typed statement that includes the following information:
Applicants must also include two typed letters of recommendation not from family members; official, unopened school transcripts reflecting a minimum GPA of 3.0; current mailing address; school email address; and a telephone number.