Photo of Cary-Gum Aviation Scholarship winner Michael Griffith and others.
Michael Griffith won the 2014 Cary-Gum scholarship.

NAHA aviation scholarship available

In Education, NAHA News /

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance is now accepting applications for the Mitchell Cary/Don Gum Memorial Aviation Scholarship. The 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.

It’s a competitive scholarship. Only one will be awarded this year. Deadline for submitting applications is close of business on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.

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 excutive director, at (937) 443.0165 or visit NAHA’s aviation scholarship web page.

Download the 2015 scholarship application

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.