What kind of aviation scholarships occur in South Dakota? It took some digging, but here is what was found. If an aviation scholarship was missed, please let us know and we will alert our members about it (firstname.lastname@example.org).
General aviation in South Dakota needs more scholarships to assistance young people in getting started in aviation careers. Endowing a scholarship in an aviation program with a gift of $10,000 can result in an annual $500 scholarship (5% payout). Likewise, a gift of property that can be sold and turned into an endowment fund for a scholarship. Purchasing a small insurance policy and making the beneficiary an endowment fund at a school, college, or university with an aviation program would also benefit young people. Scholarships are a great way to encourage general aviation careers among young people. Think about it. Wouldn’t establishing an endowed scholarship be a great way to remember a special person in your like – even yourself. An example is the Greg Voight Scholarship, which was a one-time $500 scholarship for a student in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, during the 2003-2004 school year was given in the name of a Watertown aviation mechanic.
The Becker-Hansen Memorial Scholarship was established in January 1998 by the South Dakota Pilots Association to honor the memory and spirit of state pilots Ron Becker (left) and Dave Hansen (right), who lost their lives in the crash of the state's MU-2 aircraft, which killed Governor George Michelson and five others. The Scholarship originally awarded $500 annually to a South Dakota pilot or student pilot to complete their training or a rating. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage more pilot starts and advanced ratings in South Dakota. The award was increased to $800 beginning in 2005, increased to $1,000 in 2009, and increased to $1,250 in 2011.
The criteria for the award and the nomination form are located below. Nomination forms are due to the SDPA President no later than mid-August. Judging of the nominations by the SDPA officers will occur in September, and the award winner announced in the November issue of SDPA News.
“Training Activity” Policy: If the scholarship winner does not undertake flight training in a timely manner, i.e., within 6 months of the date of the scholarship award letter, they will be notified of the lost of the scholarship, and an alternate scholarship award winner will be notified of their selection for the scholarship. An alternate scholarship winner will be selected based on ranking second in the selection process. The same “Training Activity” policy applies to the alternate award winner. In the event that neither applicant uses any funds within 6 months of award, then the funds will stay in the SDPA treasury for future use. **Policy adopted by vote at the SDPA meeting in Philip on November 10, 2012.
SDPA Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship: The South Dakota Pilots Association created the SDPA Aviation Mechanic Scholarship in September 2005 to acknowledge the importance of aviation maintenance technicians to aviation in South Dakota. The scholarship is to assist and recognize students enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD. Each year SDPA will award $750 to a second-year student in the AMT Program [hot link to http://www.lakeareatech.edu/programs/aviation/index.html] through the Lake Area Technical Foundation. This Scholarship program is one method SDPA has for “giving something back” to the aviation community.
Criteria for the SDPA Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship Award
ACE Camp Scholarships: The Aerospace Career and Education (ACE) Camp held annually in July at South Dakota State University (Brookings) receives scholarships from several organizations including the following: Yankton Regional Aviation Association provides 50% scholarships (1993-present); SDPA provides 50% scholarships (1995-present); South Dakota Aviation Association provides one 100% scholarship (1996-2004; sometimes every other year); Women Work! (WEEA; the National Network for Women’s Employment) provides 100% scholarships for females (variable 3 to 6); Brookings Chamber of Commerce: The School to Work Program and the Career Learning Center provides 100% scholarships for disadvantaged youth (variable each year, usually 10 to 12).
Russ Dangel Memorial Scholarship in Aviation: The recipient of the Russ Dangel Memorial Scholarship in Aviation should be a sophomore or above majoring in the aviation program at SDSU. The recipient should be a well-rounded individual who has demonstrated a passion for flight. This scholarship is not renewable. The scholarship was established in 2006. The recipient shall be selected by the SDSU Aviation Program Scholarship Committee. For more information, go to: http://aviationprogram.sdstate.edu/FinancialAssistanceCurrent.aspx
Linda Hall-Daschle Scholarship for Aviation Excellence: This $1,000 Scholarship is awarded annually to a South Dakota State University (Brookings) sophomore Aviation Education student who has received a private pilot’s license through the SDSU Aviation Education program within the last year. The recipient must be a returning student to the Aviation Education Program who has demonstrated outstanding academic and flight training performance. Aviation Education program Coordinator Jeff Boulware said that four of these scholarships would probably be given out the 2004-2005 school year. Other requirements can be found at http://www.sdstate.edu/cs/for-students/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=748970
Harley F. and Adele M. Taylor Scholarship in Aviation Education: The recipient of the Harley F. and Adele M. Taylor Scholarship in Aviation Education shall be a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student who is majoring in one of the three specializations within the Aviation Program in the College of Education and Counseling at SDSU, with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and flight training performance and show promise to make a significant contribution to the aviation industry. Awards shall be for $1,000. The scholarship was established in 2006. The recipient shall be selected by the Aviation Education Program Scholarship Committee.
Aviation Class Scholarship: This scholarship is given by the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation (LATF, Watertown), and is used for students at Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. (Currently no scholarships are awarded from this fund while the account builds. To make a donation to this fund or any other fund at the LATF, contact them at 605-882-5284, ext. 268).
Merit Scholarship: This scholarship from the LATF goes to any student at Lake Area Technical Institute, including the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, for graduating from high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and various ranges of ACT scores (ACT 23-24: $250; ACT 25-27 $500; ACT 28+ $1000).
Achievement Scholarship: This $500 scholarship from the LATF goes to one second-year student in each of 21 programs at LATI, including the Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
SD Ag in the Classroom: The South Dakota Aviation Association gives a $250 Scholarship to South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (Pierre), typically alternating with the scholarship they give to the ACE Camp. For more about South Dakota Ag in the Classroom, go to http://www.sdagclassroom.org.
Curl Memorial Fund Aviation Scholarship: (limited to EAA Chapter 289 members)
EAA Chapter 806 Flying Scholarship: The Spearfish EAA Chapter 806 established a Flying Scholarship in about 1990 that is available to students in Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Lead, and Deadwood. Applications and requirements for this scholarship can be requested from Rich Krogstad, Office: 605-642-4607, Cell: 605-641-0099, Email: C21rich@mato.com
YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship: The Yankton Regional Aviation Association and Yankton EAA Chapter 1029 established the YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship in June 2005, and the scholarship is available to students in southeastern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. Pilot training must be accomplished at a Yankton Regional Area airport: Bloomfield, Creighton, Hartington, Parkston, Springfield, Vermillion, Wayne, or Yankton. Applications and criteria can be obtained from Steve Hamilton, Phone 605-665-8448, Email: email@example.com.
Aviation Education Scholarships & Grants: Additional aviation education grants can be found at the FAA’s Aviation and Space Education Outreach Program web site at http://national.spacegrant.org/meetings/presentations/2006-Fall_National/Aviation%20&%20Space%20EPO-Bauer.pdf
Vern (Luverne) Kraemer Aviation Maintenance Scholarship
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