- Each grant will consist of $1,500 that can be applied towards aircraft rental for flight training purposes and/or flight instructor fees (applicable to the required training) at Starks Twin Oaks (the home-base airport of EAA Chapter 105) or another approved flight school of the recipient’s choice. The flight school and/or instructor will invoice EAA 105 for actual aircraft rental and/or instructor fees. From time to time, some flight schools may offer special pricing or packages for scholarship recipients, to maximize their use of funds. Details will be provided at a later date. A portion of the funds may be used, only when prior permission is obtained, for related fees such as FAA testing and similar needs.
- Document 1: A short personal autobiography, describing the applicant and his/her background.
- Document 2: The applicant’s contact information (name, address, phone, email, etc.) and birth date.
- Document 3: A one or two page narrative essay, describing the applicant’s interest, desire, commitment and future plans in aviation. This essay will be a primary tool in selecting candidates for the interview phase – so be sure to convince us here.
- Documents 4-6: Three letters of recommendation from adults who know the applicant. At least two of these letters must be from non-family-members. These letters may be received after the application deadline but must be received in advance of the interview phase. Please make an effort to get these submitted with the application or as soon as possible after the deadline.
- Document 7: If the applicant is under 18 year old, a signed letter from the applicant’s parent(s) or legal guardian indicating they grant permission for the applicant to apply for the scholarship and participate in flight training in the event they are awarded a scholarship.
The schedule for the 2017 selection process is as follows:
- Approximately mid-February through April 30, 2017: Applications accepted
- Early May 2017: Committee reviews applications and selects candidates for interview phase
- Approximately early May 2017: Interviews of selected applicants are conducted
- Scholarships are awarded following completion of all interviews and subsequent committee selection of scholarship recipients
Application period (February – April 30, 2017)
Open period for all applications. Applications received after the application deadline of April 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. will not be included in the process. Confirmation of receipt will be provided to each applicant via email once your application is received. Official communication with applicants will be via email throughout the process, including selection status notifications. This helps ensure all applicants understand clearly their status and the stages of the process.
Application review period and interview selection process
All applications will be reviewed following the close of the application period. From the applications received, a group of applicants will be selected to participate in the next round of the process, which consists of an in-person interview. Applicants chosen to participate in the interview phase will receive an invitation, and all applicants will be sent an email notice with a status of their application after the initial application review process has been completed.
Note that these scholarships are highly sought after, and the process always yields many more terrific applicants than we can possibly award scholarships to. We look at this process as a form of investment in the future of aviation, and we look to see what applicants are doing to plan for their own success. We also look to see how you have already shown commitment either in training or in the aviation world, and how you plan to invest in your own success and goals.
Interview day (TBD in May)
Each applicant selected to participate in the interview phase will be assigned a date and time for his or her individual, in-person interview with the selection committee. Participants will be expected to discuss their submitted application materials and to help the interview panel better understand the applicant’s commitment, plans, aspirations and interests. You will also answer questions posed by the selection committee members.
Scholarship award notifications
Upon completion of the interview phase, the selection committee will meet to select the scholarship award recipients. Notification of each participant’s final status will be sent via email upon completion of the selection process.
- To be eligible, the applicant must be at least 16 years old on or before December 31, 2017.
- Applicants may be no older than 21 years on the application closing date (April 30, 2017).
- Scholarship awards are non-transferable and may be used only by the award recipient.
- Scholarship funds may be used for actual flight training, including cost of aircraft rental and flight instructor fees. Any other payments will only be approved if submitted for consideration and approved by the scholarship administrator before charges are incurred. The primary intent of the scholarship is to pay for aircraft and flight instructor time, so only small amount of the grant is typically allowed for other charges, if any.
- The scholarship may be utilized toward any level of flight training (introductory/primary training as well as advanced endorsements, ratings or certificates). Note that hour-building is not typically covered, unless covered in detail in a training plan that is pre-approved by the scholarship administrator. If this is your need, please be prepared to document and discuss in detail during your interview.
- Payments for covered training activities are made by EAA Chapter 105 directly to the training organization or instructor. An itemized invoice must be received from the training organization or instructor for services rendered. Scholarship funds will not be provided in advance to recipients or training organizations. If a student or family pays out-of-pocket for covered training activities, which take place during the covered scholarship timeframe, and wishes to request reimbursement under the scholarship, arrangements must be made and approved by the scholarship coordinator before any reimbursed charges are incurred; itemized receipts or invoices showing the amount paid and specific goods/services received will be required before reimbursement can be approved.
- A scholarship letter will be provided to each recipient, describing the grant will include effective and expiration dates. It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to provide a copy of the scholarship letter to the flight school and instructor. The recipient is responsible for ensuring they have communicated with the flight school thoroughly regarding their intended use of the scholarship. The scholarship may be used to pay for training conducted during the valid scholarship time period, as described in the recipient’s scholarship letter. It may not be used to pay any balance due for training conducted prior to the scholarship award. Any unused funds expire at the end of the scholarship period and will no longer be available, and may not be “banked” for later use.
- Scholarships granted in 2017 will expire on the last day of the month of May, 2018. In Each recipient will be required to provide a written training plan to the scholarship administrator, indicating where the recipient intends to conduct their training, and a schedule they plan to follow. Recipients may alter their plan as needed at the discretion and with the approval of the scholarship administrator, but an initial plan is required of each recipient. The intent of this requirement is to ensure scarce scholarship funds will be most effectively used, and to limit the number and amount of unused scholarships. Note that if the written training plan is not on file from a recipient by November 1, 2017 the scholarship grant will be rescinded and no longer available to the recipient.
- Chapter directors, children and/or grandchildren of chapter directors, Bogardus trustees, private funds donors, and scholarship selection team members are not eligible to receive scholarships under this program. These relationships are as determined on the date of the scholarship grant as documented in the individual scholarship award letter. This clause is not intended to preclude participation of a scholarship recipient in roles of the EAA chapter or any other related organization which benefits the aviation community, at any time after the scholarship award decision has been made and communicated.
Note that financial need is not an eligibility requirement for the scholarships granted through this program, but it may be considered alongside the various other criteria considered by the committee when it makes its selections. Other commonly considered criteria include, but are not limited to: Demonstrated commitment by the applicant to the aviation community and/or their own flight training; investments of time, funds or other investments made by the applicant in furtherance of their goals; the applicant’s goals and plan for reaching those goals; the applicant’s passion for and commitment to aviation; and other items.
For additional information about the scholarship program, please contact the EAA Chapter 105 Flight Scholarship coordinator, Greg Hughes, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be glad to help answer questions about the process that are not answered here.
Flight Training Opportunities and Choices
The flight scholarship may be used at a number of aviation training facilities. The choice of where to learn and fly is made by the scholarship recipient. At times, some flight schools or instructors will offer special discounts or arrangements for recipients of these scholarships. Information about any available special training arrangements will be provided to scholarship recipients.
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