By Joshua Simmers, NDPA
This past year, we set a North Dakota aviation scholarships record. The North Dakota Pilots Association (NDPA) awarded two $1,000 flight training scholarships, offered two $250 Aerospace Camp scholarships to secondary students, and facilitated three $4,000 private pilot scholarships. We are thrilled to have reached this goal, which also marks the beginning of our association’s transition.
As NDPA membership and investment continues at a low rate, attendees at the annual meeting decided to begin a transition into the North Dakota Aviation Association (NDAA). As the details are arranged, the NDPA hopes to leverage the organizational capabilities of the NDAA to gain greater access to the piloting community and continue awarding scholarships, while being a voice within the larger entity rather than a separate association. Stay tuned for exciting updates!
It has been a reminder, while working with our scholarship recipients, that much of our public never has the opportunity of a first introduction to the exhilarating world of aviation. One of our recipients, Jilian, shared with us when she first opened her eyes to aviation. When in the fifth grade, her class attended the Aviation Career Day at the Bismarck Aero Center, where she learned of a variety of aviation careers. One in particular caught her attention, and she set her sights on becoming an Army Aviator. She encourages our community to do other similar outreach events to reach potential future aviators.
The NDPA proudly recommends these up-and-coming members of our aviation community:
NDPA Statewide $1,000 Matching Scholarship Awardees (open to any rating state-wide)
- Dakota Kimberlin, Minot
- Byrne Curl, Bismarck (also alternate awardee for Props and Hops funds)
$250 Space Camp Scholarship Awardees (unsolicited)
- Jilian, dreams of becoming an Army Aviator
- Ayden, plans on becoming an Aerospace Engineer and already has his area of specific interest
Private Pilot $4,000 Matching Scholarships from the Mandan Aero Center Props and Hops Fundraiser (funds local to Y19 were raised to provide local scholarships)
- Dylan Wolff
- Jaden Mitzel
- Justin Ormiston