2016 APA SCHOLARSHIPS
by Jim Timm
Early each year, for the past few years, The Arizona Pilots Association has made a couple of scholarships available to qualified and deserving aviation program students at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) location at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa to assist the students in pursuing their aviation careers. This year’s program resulted in ten applying for what was initially going to be two scholarships. When the scholarship selection committee started to review the applications, everyone was amazed at the high quality of the applications, and that many of them were deserving of being chosen. It was evident that the selection task was not going to be very easy. Very early in the task it was decided that we needed to request additional funding to permit increasing the number of recipients from two to three, which was unanimously approved by the APA board. After much discussion and debate the three finalists selected were: Dylan Hicks, Avery Nelson, and Baby Kaithe Tampos.
Dylan will be starting at the Chandler Gilbert Community Collage flight program this fall and wants to be a flight instructor.
Avery wants to get his pilot’s license thru EVIT, then go on to college and become a professional pilot.
Kaithe will be starting Embry-Riddle this fall, getting her pilots license, and study engineering with the long term goal of being a flight test engineer.
We want to wish all the applicants and EVIT success in their pursuit of a career in aviation. We would like to suggest that any members that would like to assist aviation career students with their education to please send their tax deductible donations to the APA with a memo denoting the Scholarship Fund.
(Avery Nelson wasn’t able to be present when the scholarship checks were presented, but he was proudly represented by his father.)