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2019 JERRY L. KENNEDY AVIATION CAREER ADVANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The family and friends of Jerry L. Kennedy established this scholarship in his name to recognize the outstanding contributions Jerry made during his ten-year involvement in SIUC’s Aviation programs. Starting as a student pilot and working through the ranks as a Flight Instructor, Charter Pilot and Flying Saluki Team Coach, Jerry displayed the highest levels of professionalism and commitment to aviation. His love of flying and people helped make the dream of an aviation career possible for many. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Jerry L. Kennedy Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 C. GENE AND ROBBI SEIBERT AVIATION MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in memory of C. Gene and Robbi Seibert. Gene Seibert was one of the co-founders of the aviation programs at SIUC. In order to honor Gene's memory, the scholarship will be awarded to student(s) who express an interest in working in such fields as airport management, fixed base operator management or aircraft product support management, which are all fields within Mr. Seibert worked during his career in aviation. Robbi Seibert was also involved in aviation. She met Gene while working at SIUC Air Institute & Service at S.I. Airport. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 C. Gene and Robbi Seibert Aviation Management Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 GEORGE J. PRIESTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of George J. Priester, a true Aviation pioneer. Mr. Priester became an instrument instructor pilot in 1938 for the War Training Service. Eventually he trained over 700 pilots for the Civil Aviation Administration licenses and more than 1,000 pilots for the FAA. After the war, Mr. Priester founded Priester Aviation. In addition, he was the owner and operator of Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, Illinois from 1953-1986. It was the second busiest airport in the state of Illinois during the 1960's, 70's and 80's and the busiest privately owned airport in the world. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 George J. Priester Memorial Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 JAMES AND HELEN NEWBY AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

As a student, I attended SIUC from 1962-1966. In 1964, I had the opportunity to witness the beginning of the SIUC Aviation Program. Although I had obtained my flight ratings prior to the program’s inception, I have fond memories of learning to fly here at the university. I went on to a 37 year career with American Airlines, retiring as a Captain on the Boeing 777. I wanted to do something to honor my father and mother, James and Helen Newby, for their encouragement to follow my dream, for their financial sacrifices, and, most of all for their undying love to all their children. I also wanted to honor the university that was so influential in providing me with the education, both flight and academic, that gave me a start on my aviation career. Therefore, with my wife Doris, I have decided to fund this scholarship. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 James and Helen Newby Aviation Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 JOSEPH A. MESSINA II AVIATION EXPLORERS SCHOLARSHIP

This fund is being established in honor of longtime aviator and Explorer’s Post Founder Joseph A. Messina II by former Air Explorers and other friends of Mr. Messina. In 1970, while he was a Captain for United Airlines, he founded the Air Explorers to help young people interested in aviation. An airplane, a 1946 Aeronca 7-AC Champion, was purchased by the original 18 members. Mr. Messina asked fellow United Airlines pilots and other aviation professionals with flight instructor ratings to volunteer to teach the members to fly. Today, many former members continue to fly as private and professional pilots, as well as work in other sectors. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Joseph A. Messina II Aviation Explorers Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 LARRY B. BYERLY MEMORIAL AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by family members to honor the life and career of Larry Byerly. Larry grew up in the family owned aviation business which his father, R. Millard Byerly started on the old grass Mount Hawley Airport in Peoria, Illinois over seven decades ago. Larry was the former President and Co-owner of Byerly Aviation, Inc. He was a respected member of the aviation community around the world. In addition, his employees were of the utmost importance to him and Larry always considered his employees family. Hundreds of young men and women started their aviation careers at Byerly Aviation. He was one of the founders of the Illinois Aviation Trades Association and served on the Aviation Management and Flight Advisory Committee at Southern Illinois University. In recognition of his lifetime devotion to aviation, Larry was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003. Larry's family and friends hope to support students who share the passion Larry had for aviation. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Larry B. Byerly Memorial Aviation Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 MATTHEW K. MEIER FAITH FAMILY FRIENDSHIP FORTITUDE FUTURE AVIATION MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Matthew K. Meier, a May 1992 graduate of the Aviation Management program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Matt began his aviation career with United Express working ramp and customer service jobs and then moved on to the Routing and Scheduling Department at United Airlines. Matt passed away in September 1996 from a rare form of cancer. Matt is remembered by his fellow students, Saluki Football players and co-workers at United Airlines as hard-working, dedicated, fun-loving and kind. Matt’s personal philosophy is embodied in a creed that he lived by: Faith, Family, Friendship, Fortitude, Future. This scholarship will be awarded to those who embody this creed as well as Matt’s love for aviation and the airline industry. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Matthew K. Meier Faith Family Friendship Fortitude Future Aviation Management Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 KEVIN DUFFY MOORE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Kevin Duffy Moore, a flight instructor, was a graduate of SIU’s Aviation Flight program. He was killed in a plane crash at 22 years of age. Kevin’s father, William Moore, MD, and brother have established the Kevin Duffy Moore Endowed Scholarship in his memory. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Kevin Duffy Moore Endowed Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019


2019 STEVEN STAPLES MEMORIAL AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in memory of Steven Allen Staples. His passion for flying emerged as a young child living on a small country airport in Upstate New York. It was there Steve could be found attending ground school in his living room, aircraft parked in the backyard, and strapped to the back seat of a Piper Tri-Pacer while his mother took her morning flight lesson. During his days at SIU, Steven was a key member of the National Champion Flying Saluki Precision Flight Team and worked at the Southern Illinois Airport for Line Service. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 Steven Staples Memorial Aviation Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


2019 WILLIAM R. NORWOOD AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Molly F. Norwood, William R. Norwood, and friends established this scholarship in the name of William R. Norwood. Bill began his aviation career at SIUC. After graduation and a six-year Air Force career, Bill joined United Airlines in 1965 as the airline’s first African American pilot. He has continued to support aviation, assist young people and support the SIUC aviation program. Upon his retirement, following a distinguished career, his wife Molly began the drive to establish this scholarship to assist students in flight training at SIUC. The link to the Scholarship application is listed below:

2019 William R. Norwood Aviation Scholarship Application

The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019


99s Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund Scholarships

The Ninety-Nines offer aviation scholarships through local chapters and through the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF, an endowed trust fund of more than $5.5 million which provides significant scholarship aid to women pilots and student pilots. The Fund has awarded over 1,100 scholarships providing over $11.5 million in scholarship aid for initial ratings, advanced ratings, academic degree and Research Scholar Grants, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams.

Entering students, as well as advanced students, who don’t yet have a pilot’s license may be also be interested in applying for AEMSF Fly-Now Awards, semi-annual grants of up to $6,000 toward an initial pilot rating for women who are learning to fly. Since October 2013, AEMSF has awarded over 225 Fly Now Awards. For the spring 2020 Fly Now Awards, applicants need to join the 99s as student members by January 1 and submit their applications by April 1.  For the fall 2020 Fly Now Awards applicants need to join the 99s by July 1 and submit applications for the Fall Fly Now Awards by October 1. Additional Information and rules for applying for Fly Now Awards are available at www.99sScholarships.com

In addition to the Fly Now Scholarships, the AEMSF also offers scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate, rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training, tail wheel endorsements and all kinds of type ratings, including jet type ratings.  What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training. Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s. The Fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields.

Additional information about scholarships offered by the AEMSF can be found at www.99sScholarships.com.


Aviation Technician Industry Opportunities for Scholarships

www.atec-amt.org/industry-opportunities


UAA Scholarships

The University Aviation Association (UAA) awards thousands of scholarships every year either directly or through UAA affiliates. Check the links often to check for updated deadlines and new scholarships. If you have any questions or need the SIU UAA number contact Dr. Pavel.

https://www.uaa.aero/affiliated_scholarships.php

https://www.uaa.aero/scholarships.php


ATCA Scholarship

There are a variety of scholarships available at https://www.atca.org/scholarship.

www.atca.org