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NAHA aviation scholarship available

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UPDATE, Nov. 15, 2016: Because of a problem (now corrected) with downloading application forms from the scholarship web page, the application deadline has been extended to Nov. 21, 2016.

DAYTON, Ohio—The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Mitchell Cary/Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship.

NAHA’s aviation scholarship provides $1,500 worth of flying lessons towards a private pilot’s or light sport pilot’s certificate, enough for a typical student pilot to achieve one’s first solo flight.

The scholarship is awarded based on candidates’ applications. Only one will be awarded this year. Candidates must submit applications by close of business on Wednesday, Nov. 16 Nov. 21.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be between 15 and 21 years old.
  • Live or attend school in one of the counties of the National Aviation Heritage Area: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, or Warren.
  • Be able to pass an FAA third-class medical exam or have a valid Ohio driver’s license.
  • Submit an application with supporting documents to NAHA.

Instructions for submitting the application are on the form itself. Submit applications to the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. If you have questions, contact Tony Sculimbrene, NAHA executive director, at (937) 443-0165 or visit NAHA’s aviation scholarship web page.

Download the 2016 scholarship application here.

Download the  2016 Cary-Gum scholarship flyer for your flight school.

NAHA created the scholarship to honor the lives of  Mitch Cary and Don Gum, two local pilots and aviation heritage volunteers who lost their lives in 2011. The partner organizations in NAHA and the families of Mitch and Don believe the scholarship is a fitting way to pass their love of flying on to new pilots.