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Texas Fly-In Scholarship Fund Seeks Qualified Recipients

February 13, 2008 — Organizers of the former Texas Fly-In have launched a new scholarship program aimed at helping young people in the state who have an interest in pursuing an education in aviation. The Texas Fly-In Scholarship Fund will provide up to $2,000 to deserving high school and college students (ages 16-22) as they further their flight education.

EAA member Stan Shannon, former chairman of the Texas Fly-In, said that the scholarships will help pay for a high school student's flight instruction at an approved flight school, or enrollment in an approved aviation program. Funds awarded to college students can help pay for books and supplies, flight instruction at an approved flight school, or enrollment in an aviation program.

"We're not giving big scholarships, but for a high school student, it should help them get through to solo toward their private ticket," Shannon said. "For the college kids, we're going to help buy their books for them, since academic scholarships don't pay for books."

Shannon added that since the Texas Fly-In announced it would discontinue the fly-in and start the scholarship fund, the group's officers received numerous donations. "People just started sending in donations right when we announced it," he said. "When we let our exhibitors know we weren't going to do the event this year, many who had put up money in advance for 2008 told us to just put it in the scholarship fund rather than provide a refund to them."

A committee of corporate officers will grant the awards based on a review of completed applications; written statements or electronic presentations describing the applicant's plans and motivations; and letters of recommendation. An in-person interview may also be required.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 22.
  • Must live in the state of Texas.
  • Must be enrolled in, or intend to be enrolled in, an educational program of which the main course of study is aviation.
  • Must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
  • Must submit a completed application, and all other requirements, which must be received between April 1-June 30, 2008.

For more information call 866-797-3407. You can also visit www.texasflyin.org/youth_scholarships.htm.

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