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MINNESOTA PILOTS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Minnesota Pilots Association currently offers three different scholarships for aspiring aviators and maintenance technicians.

Captain Edward L. Erickson Aviation Scholarship

Captain Edward Erickson was the consummate professional pilot. His love of aviation and his professionalism set an example for those who followed in his footsteps. 

His lifelong interest in aviation started when he soloed in a J-3 Cub on his 16th birthday. It continued past his retirement from a B-757 after a 34-year career as an airline Captain. During his airline career, Erickson flew more than 30,000 hours combined in a career with North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines.

Erickson enjoyed flying nearly any piston-driven aircraft, including many warbirds. Erickson was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2013. He became the very first candidate of the Minnesota Pilots Association to be inducted into the MN Aviation Hall of Fame, in 2016.

For more details about the Ed Erickson Scholarship and how to apply, click here.


(Note: If you are applying for one of the flying scholarships, you only need send in one application)

Janette Strathy Aviation Scholarship

Jan Strathy married into an aviation family and embraced the joy of flying. Jan’s wonderfully positive approach to all things endeared her to all who knew her.

She said she got her instrument rating so she could “intelligently critique” her husband. Those that knew her best knew she was simply making herself a better and safer pilot. 

Just a few days before she passed away in 2018, she was able to look out the window and see her son, in the left seat of a 737-800, fly by. 

She was so proud of him. 

She was, and remains, an inspiration to many. The Janette Strathy Scholarship recognizes Jan’s contribution to the Minnesota flying community. The scholarship also supports the education of someone who embodies her spirit.

For more details about the Janette Strathy Scholarship and how to apply, click here.

(Note: If you are applying for one of the flying scholarships, you only need send in one application)

Minnesota Pilots Association (MNPA) Aviation Maintenance/Avionics Technician Scholarship

Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Maintenance/Avionics Technician Scholarship 

The Minnesota Pilots Association recognizes the critical need for aviation and avionics technicians. Skilled techs are a foundation for a thriving and safe aviation community. 

This scholarship is granted in the sum of $2000. 

This scholarship is available to exceptional individuals currently enrolled in a recognized aviation maintenance technology or aviation avionics technology program. 

The scholarship will be awarded to applicants that demonstrate knowledge and skills which will contribute to exemplary and successful completion of their training program.

For more details about the MNPA Maintenance Scholarship and how to apply, click here.

Eligibility Requirements for Pilot Scholarships

 

Scholarship Applicant must meet all the following requirements

  1. MN resident.
  2. Hold at least an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.
  3. Use the scholarship funds to add an advanced rating or certificate. i.e. Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI.
  4. Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride for the desired additional rating at the time of application.
  5. Attach at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a flight instructor, pilot mentor, or teacher.

In 500 words or less, tell us why you deserve this scholarship and
what you would do with the money.

Email your application letter and recommendation letter(s) to:
Patrick Halligan @ [email protected]

Applications due by the end of the day April 1, 2023.
No extensions

Eligibility Requirements for Maintenance Scholarships

 

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements.

  1. MN resident.
  2. Enrolled in (or having applied for) a recognized aviation maintenance technology program or aviation avionics technology program.
  3. Attach at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.

In 500 words or less, tell us why you deserve this scholarship and what you would do with the money.

Email your application letter and recommendation letter(s) to:
Patrick Halligan @ [email protected]

Applications due by the end of the day April 1, 2023.
No extensions

 

Other Scholarships Available


Click Here for the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Scholarship information.

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