(Image courtesy of Jim Gabbert and Tim Nueson)
81 years ago, the DC-3 made history. This year, so do we... $81,000 in aviation scholarships!
What is the Education Fund?
The NGPA Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides scholarships to aspiring aviators with the desire to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond the private pilot certificate, and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Since 1998 we have awarded more than seventy scholarships totaling over $230,000.
Our scholarships are fully funded by NGPA member contributions along with our a liated Airline partners and are just one of the many ways in which we support the LGBT aviation community. In 2016 we are preparing to award up to $81,000 in scholarships from our Education Fund and Airline Sponsored contributions. 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 Education Fund Scholarship, an individual must:
- Be seeking to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond their private pilot certificate;
- Be at least 18 years of age at the date of application; and
Scholarship funds 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, university or flight school which cover the cost of advanced flight training.; and
Funds may not be applied towards a sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.
For additional requirements, eligibility, and helpful hints for completing the scholarship application, please refer to the NGPA Education Fund website: www.ngpa.org
- Application. Be sure to fully complete the application form and submit it on/before April 16, 2016.
Please include all of the following attachments with your completed application:
- Academic Transcript: a copy of your most recent transcripts (high school and/or college). A GED must be accompanied by previous high school transcripts, or subsequent college records.
- Social Narrative: describe why you should be awarded an aviation scholarship from the National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund. Tell us about your achievements in and out of the classroom, your teamwork and leadership skills and your involvement in volunteer activities. Be sure to highlight your involvement in, and support of, the LGBT community.
- Career Narrative: describe the arc of your career and professional development to date, your future goals, and how an NGPA-EF scholarship will help you achieve those goals.
- Letter of Recommendation: addressed to the NGPA-EF in support of your application for this scholarship (i.e., this recommendation should inform the selection committee about your qualifications for this scholarship).
- Copy of your pilot certificate
- Copy of your medical certificate
- Copy of the last two pages of your pilot logbook: showing your total flight hours.
- Copy of your pilot certificate written test scores: if available.
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?
to apply for the 2016 NGPA Education Fund Scholarship. The application deadline is April 16, 2016.
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.