NGPA/AA Scholarship Launch


NORFOLK, VA, May 27, 2016--The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) launched a scholarship program May 1 for aspiring aviators to continue their dreams to learn how to fly. NGPA is partnering with American Airlines, currently its largest scholarship contributor, to award aviation students looking to further their education.

“We’re thrilled American Airlines is so passionate about the next generation of aviators,” said NGPA’s Executive Director, David Pettet. “It’s gratifying to be able to work alongside American to help pilots achieve their goals and we’re thrilled to award applicants who are making a difference in the LGBT and aviation communities.”

In January, American was announced as NGPA’s second Diamond Level sponsor during the Association’s annual event, Winter Warm-Up, in Palm Springs, California. American attended the Industry Expo where on-site pilot recruiters
met with potential candidates.

“American Airlines is extremely pleased to be able to offer these scholarships to very deserving NGPA members,” said Mike Waldron, American’s Managing Director – Diversity and Talent Management. "For many years, American has been committed to all aspects of diversity and inclusion and being able to offer assistance to the LGBT community in achieving their career goals in the aviation industry is something we are proud to do.”


About the NGPA
Founded in 1990, the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) is an international organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Through education, outreach programs, and social events, the organization encourages members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers; fosters equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach; promotes aviation safety, and provides an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators. Learn more about NGPA at

Media Contact
David Pettet
Executive Director
National Gay Pilots Association
[email protected]