By Devin Cole, North Dakota Pilots Association President
For the first time, I’m happy to say I was able to attend the annual Props and Hops fundraiser at the Mandan Airport in October. What an awesome event! The music was wonderful, the beer was delicious, and it was all for a great cause. In the past, the event has raised money for an individual in the local aviation community with unexpected medical expenses. This year, as there was no one identified with medical expenses, the funds were raised to help fund local aviation scholarships. The North Dakota Pilot’s Association (NDPA) has been asked to help distribute these scholarships, for which we are grateful.
Every year, the NDPA has at least one scholarship to help any individual receive any rating, based on their application. The 2019 recipients included Jarod Jeglum at KJMS and Tatum Hertz at KMOT. The funds raised this year at Props and Hops total over $12,000 and will create a much more substantial dollar-for-dollar match, helping someone to attain their private pilot certificate out of the BIS or Y19 airports. That’s four to six thousand dollars to put towards a first rating! Applications for both scholarships can be made through the NDPA website: www.pilotsnd.com.
Thank you to those who put on this event, especially the donors, musician, and brewers. If you have never been to Props and Hops, I hope to see you at the Mandan Airport next October!
Please encourage interested individuals to apply for the scholarships. The application deadline is January 31, 2020. Props and Hops and NDPA hopes this is just what someone needs to find success in their dreams of flight.