Bridging The GAP
By Phyllis R. Moses
students come in all shapes and sizes: younger, older; male, female;
brown, black and white. But they have one thing in common: their clear,
shiny eyes - eyes filled with hope, confidence and trust. Some have
taken a thrilling introductory ride, while others still hang
breathlessly over the fence at the end of the runway, watching take-offs
and landings. All have high-flying dreams. What will it take for them to
live out those dreams? It's sad to see those eyes lose their sparkle, as
the lure of the dream -the excitement of choosing aviation as their
career - yields to the reality of the empty bank account. Without money
for training, students must put their future on hold indefinitely. What
can be done to ensure this won't happen? As part of our ongoing efforts
to encourage, inspire and inform serious students, Woman Pilot magazine
provides a list of resources available for aspiring pilots. We encourage
students to explore a few of these options to maximize their training
who've moved ahead in their career track - who've taken advantage of
outside funding and scholarships - share the results of their
experiences. Katie Braun, First Officer on the DH8 with J Horizon
Airlines, says, "It was at the Women in Aviation Conference in
a visit to the
best news of all is the comprehensive and informative scholarship
resources available through a free database, AvScholars.com. This
valuable, time-saving tool is designed to help the student identify and
understand the methods of pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace. To
gain information about financial aid and how to actually make
application for a job, log on to http:// www.avscholars.com.
Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offers an online resource, complete
with names and addresses, plus email and web addresses of their
listings. Go to http:// www.aopa.org and link through to their "learntofly/startfly/
whycollege.html" pages. Or call AOPA at 1-800-872-2672.
Steketee with AOPA announced new scholarships within the CAP National
Flight Academies this year. In addition to their support to regional CAP
flight training encampments around the nation, they furnish a
"Future Pilot Kit" containing valuable information and
training publications. The amount of scholarships of this particular
program is $4,000. Contact Drew Steketee, 301-695-2156; email@example.com;
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) offers many worthwhile
scholarships, two of which we'll mention here because they are tailored
specifically for women. The Louise H. Timken "Young Women in
Aviation" endowment, was established by the Timken Foundation in
1994. Through this grant, the Timken Aviation Studies Internships
provide opportunities for training. More information can be accessed
through Resident Education Office, EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc. P. O.
Box 3065, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3065; 1-888/322-3229; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASP, fund a second scholarship,
which is granted through the EAA Aviation Foundation. It perpetuates the
WASP's legacy by recruiting and educating students. A committee of WASP
selects participants from applications received at EAA by
Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) offers several scholarships for
children of members who are disabled or deceased. For information call
ALPA Scholarship Monitor, Air Line Pilots Association,
Whirly-Girls, International Women Helicopter Pilots, present five
scholarships to women annually. The Men's Auxiliary sponsors the 2001
Whirly Girls Helicopter Flight Training scholarship, consisting of $4500
in funding to assist a fixed wing, glider, or balloon pilot earn a
helicopter rating. The second award, the Doris Mullen Scholarship,
provides funds for a current Whirly Girl toward advanced ratings.
Usually, this is used for turbine transition, instrument, or instructor
ratings. Total amount: $4500.
a current Whirly Girl member, Bell Helicopter Textron Company awards a
third scholarship for a turbine transition. Classes are at the
to Mike Smith, President of International Wheelchair Aviators, members
of their organization, some with hearing impairments, amputees, and even
wheelchairbound pilots, fly regularly. With proper training and
equipment in the aircraft, they are able to obtain a great deal of
enjoyment from flying; they may even pursue a career in aviation. Mike
Smith says, "Unfortunately, at this point we don't have scholarship
resources. We recently received non-profit status, and are interested in
soliciting funds for this purpose. We would like to offer scholarships
worldwide." They have twenty women members in their group. For more
information, email email@example.com.
Ninety-Nines, Inc. is an international organization of licensed women
pilots. Their mission is to promote world fellowship through flight; to
provide networking and scholarship opportunities for women, and to
preserve the unique history of women in aviation. Through their national
headquarters they award five separate scholarships, awards, and grants.
The 6,500+ members, grouped in hundreds of chapters located in
thirtyfive countries, give additional scholarships and awards. They may
be contacted by calling 800-994-1929, 405-6857969; email firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to www.ninetynines.org.
list of donors to the scholarship funds of these and other various
organizations is lengthy; most can be found on the website of
AvScholars.com. http:// www.avscholars.com. Another valuable source for
information is the University Aviation Association. Comprehensive
information regarding student internships, jobs and scholarships is
available by contacting 334-844-2434, or http://uaa.aubum.edu or email
email@example.com. Their mailing address is
Resources for Educators provides endless listings of scholarships and
opportunities for young students. Access these by going to http://
spacelink.nasa.gov. Student support is provided through information,
financial support, apprenticeships, internships and research
opportunities for students at all levels.
Krumwiede, First Officer with HorizonAir, took advantage of what she
calls "a most unique and wonderful opportunity" in the form of
a scholarship from SimuFlite. She came to
in Corporate Aviation offers business aviation career scholarships
through the Women in Aviation International. They recently awarded three
WCA scholarships; two valued at $1,000 each, and one valued at $500.
They have their sights on still larger awards next year. Applications
may be processed through Women in Aviation, International. http://www.wai.org.
or call (937 839-4647.
Research Directory, available at your local library, contains detailed
information about aviation training scholarships. Networking among your
friends, other flying students and visiting FBOs and air shows is an
excellent way to gain information about aviation scholarships.
Pilot magazine posts information on their website for pilots looking for
training and scholarships. Simply go to http://www.womanpilot.com, and
access the university directory to locate web addresses for various
colleges and universities If you're putting your career on a fast track,
check out some of these resources. We can't guarantee you'll go from
solo to supersonic in six sessions, but we can promise you'll find
generous people in the aviation community who will give you information,
contacts, and encouragement.
individuals and organizations are committed to aviation education; many
of them readily mentor young students. The corporate leaders in this
business agree there will be a shortage of pilots as older ones retire
or "fly west." In order to restore this shortfall, a constant
stream of graduate students is needed to fill the gap. Employers in the
global aviation and aerospace industry are firing up their future;
they're looking for excellence in the workplace, for employees skilled
in a wide range of aviation technologies. Now may be the time to move
from your day job to your dream job. Ramp up your search for funding,
and then reach out to identify the plan that best fits you and your