NGPA Announces 2021 Scholarship Winners

St. Louis Park, MN, December 14, 2021

NGPA, The Worldwide LGBT Aviation Community announces the winners of our 2021 Scholarships. With a record number of scholarship applications the NGPA is proud to offer a means of financial support for aviation education and training. NGPA has long prided itself in it's scholarship program, which helps aspiring aviation professionals and enthusiasts "reach of the stars".

NGPA’s scholarships are open to all members of the organization who demonstrate a passion for aviation and have dedicated their time in support of the LGBTQ community. Sexual orientation and gender expression are not considered as a basis for awarding scholarships in order to promote the values of inclusiveness and equality held by the NGPA. 

Click here to read more on scholarship information and application requirements.

*2018 scholarship recipients pictured above

After weeks of scoring and evaluating hundreds of applications, NGPA is proud to announce the following recipients of 2021's scholarship awards valued at over $150,000:

  • Alaska Air Group $2,500 Advanced Flight Training: Jacquelyn Emery & David Nyambura
  • Buttgenbach Foundation $10,000 Private Pilot Scholarship: Rene Kassie
  • Cage Marshall Consulting $2,500 Higher Education Scholarship: Sade Roberts
  • Coradine $5,000 Flight Instructor Scholarship: Nobi Buntin
  • Envoy Air $5,000 Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship: Miguel Maria Moore
  • Epic Flight Academy Aircraft Mechanic Program Scholarship: Jean Harvey Faustino
  • FedEx $5,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Devin Rodrigues
  • Flex Air & Piedmont Airline Private Pilot Training Scholarship: Mansi Thackeray
  • Flex Air Initial Flight Instructor (CFI) Training Scholarship: Eric Topole
  • Netflix $5,000 Multi-Engine Rating Scholarship: Bijan Shaibani
  • NGPA $10,000 Private Pilot Scholarship: Kyle Fitzsimmons
  • NGPA $6,000 Commercial Pilot Scholarship: Harley Jiang
  • NGPA $6,000 Higher Education Scholarship: David Yanchinov
  • NGPA $6,000 Instrument Rating Scholarship: Amory Tillinghast-Raby
  • Piedmont Airlines $5,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Sage Nelson
  • PSA Airlines $1,000 Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship: Gabrielle Olivares, David White Jr., & Ashleigh Suter
  • PSA Airlines $3,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Levi McKenzie
  • Republic Airlines $3,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Stephan Jansen Van Vuuren & Tylor Degraaf
  • Solairus Aviation $5,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Brittney Kupec
  • Steven Moore $6,000 NGPA Advocacy Scholarship: Valarie Meyer
  • United Airlines $5,000 Advanced Flight Training Scholarship: Gwendoline Dunlop
  • David Charlebois Scholarship: Devin Rodrigues

Thanks to all of our members, donors, and sponsors who make the NGPA scholarship program possible. Your contributions to NGPA make possible the aviation aspirations of many individuals. Since 1998, NGPA has awarded 203 scholarships worth over $900,000.

A special thanks to the many volunteers who spent time grading and evaluating scholarship applications.

Look for a full profile of each of this year's scholarship recipients in the Spring 2022 edition of Contrails Magazine, and for each of our scholarship recipients at the NGPA 2022 Winter Warm-Up, presented by United Airlines.


Click here to view previous NGPA scholarship recipients.