(Left to right: John Bosco, Gregg Smith, Ron Davis, Aaron Polak, and Steven Moore)
Do you hope to gain aviation skills and advanced ratings?
The NGPA Education Fund might have just the help you need!
What is the Education Fund?
The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides scholarships to aspiring aviators pursuing careers as professional pilots and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. We have given more than $180,000 in 59 awards since 1998. In 2011, we awarded our first David M. Charlebois scholarship. This is a special scholarship given to an exceptional candidate. This scholarship is named after one of our own members, David Charlebois, who was the First Officer on American Airlines Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for an NGPA-EF Scholarship, an individual must:
- Be pursuing a career as a professional pilot, or seeking to enhance their professional piloting skills
- Be at least 18 years old at the date of application
- Have earned at least a private pilot certificate
Scholarship fund may be used to pay for:
- Advanced flight training (e.g. instrument, multi-engine, commercial, instructor, or ATP)
- Tuition and fees, within a flight education program at an accredited college or university, which cover the cost of advanced flight training.
It is not necessary to be a citizen of the USA or to be attending training in the USA to apply.
How will recipients be selected?
An independent selection committee will review the candidates' applications and rank the candidates according to the following criteria. The scholarship award will be based on an individual's demonstrated excellence in personal and aviation accomplishments including motivation, teamwork, history of achievement, attitude, leadership, and involvement in volunteer and LGBT activities.
Scholarship winners will be announced during the summer with financial awards distributed following the announcement.
How do I get an application?
The 2015 NGPA Education Fund Scholarship application will be available in January 2015. Check back here at that time.
Will the scholarships be awarded based on an individual's sexual orientation?
No. However, the applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
How will the awards be administered?
Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution or flight school, to offset the cost of the recipient's training. Awards are based in US Dollar amounts. The number of awards may vary from year to year based on funding ability. For one truly exceptional applicant each year, the Education Fund may award the David M. Charlebois Scholarship.