Mon, Jul 26, 2010
NGPA Has Awarded $117,000 In Scholorships This Year
The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) Education Fund
awarded $15,000 in scholarships this month, bringing the total
amount awarded to $117,000 since the Education Fund's inception.
The scholarships are available to students pursuing an aviation
career as a professional pilot and are merit-based upon criteria
established by the NGPA Education Fund. Factors considered in the
award of scholarships include: demonstrated academic ability,
financial need and active participation in matters of social
justice and betterment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
Four scholarships, in the amount of $3,750 each, were awarded
this year to:
- Spencer Conklin, University of North Dakota
- Eric Florence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- LeAnne Gomez, Phoenix Helicopter Services
- Cory Sanderson, SkyWalk Inc.
"Particularly during these tough economic times, students face
an uphill battle pursuing their dream to fly for a living. Academic
tuition plus the cost of pursuing advanced pilot ratings makes the
goal of becoming a professional pilot financially challenging. The
NGPA Education Fund is pleased to off-set the flight training and
education expenses incurred by these high-caliber students," said
Steve Walker, executive director of the NGPA Education Fund.
Retired Continental Airlines Captain and NGPA Education Fund
board chairman, Tom Little, added, "The NGPA Education Fund remains
committed to fostering pilot careers, and we have demonstrated this
by awarding $117,000 in scholarships since 1998."
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