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Scholarship: Wisconsin Airport Management Association (WAMA)


Wisconsin Airport Management Association (WAMA)

The Wisconsin Airport Management Association offers two scholarship opportunities to students currently enrolled in an aviation degree field who are attending a Wisconsin college or university, a resident of the State of Wisconsin attending a college or university outside the State, or an active duty service member with an entrance point in Wisconsin at the time the award is made. 

Scholarship applications can be completed online at Applications including all required materials must be submitted online by March 20, 2015 at 5 pm


Scholarship: EAA Chapter 113


The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 113, Canton, MI, annually awards as many as two $1,000 scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing a career in aviation.  Candidates should be currently accepted to a college, university, trade school majoring in aviation related studies, or in an approved flight school.  Applicants that are applying for scholarships to assist with flying lessons must be twenty-five years of age or younger as of March 22, 2015 and have completed their first solo flight.  These scholarships are not based upon financial need but rather on a genuine interest in aviation.

Applications can be found at  Questions or submissions may be made to  Successful applicants will be notified by the first of May.

Scholarship: Northrup Rice Foundation-Veterans


The Northrop Rice Foundation offers the following scholarships and awards.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.  Visit for details.

NRF Aviation Scholarships – Financial awards up to $1000 that can be applied toward tuition, books, tools, and/or test expenses of honorably discharged veterans preparing for A&P certification.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

Scholarship: Northrup Rice Foundation-Schools


The Northrop Rice Foundation offers the following scholarships and awards.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.  Visit for details.

Rotorcraft Enterprises Start Pac Award – Winner will receive a Model 53025 Start Pac power supply valued at $530 that is used for various maintenance functions and powering up avionics systems.
Nida Training Equipment Award – Winner will receive an Aviation Maintenance Training system valued at $12,280 that includes a Model 130E Trainer, two programs (Models 1438G and 1438P), Learning Management System, Student Monitoring system, and license.

Scholarship: Northrup Rice Foundation-Instructors


The Northrop Rice Foundation offers the following scholarships and awards.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.  Visit for details.

Airbus Helicopter Scholarship – Two-week helicopter airframe maintenance course in Grand Prairie, TX.
FlightSafety International Scholarship – Two-week King Air maintenance training course in Wichita, KS.
Southwest Airlines Scholarship – Two-week Boeing 737-series Systems Maintenance Course or one-week Boeing 737-series Avionics course in Dallas, TX.
NRF Aviation Scholarship – Financial award up to $1000 to cover travel and per diem expenses to attend a 2- or 3-day upgrade training course provided by industry.
Avotek’s Dale Hurst Financial Assistance Scholarship – Financial award up to $1000 to cover travel and per diem to attend an upgrade training course provided by industry. 

Scholarship: Northrup Rice Foundation-Students


The Northrop Rice Foundation offers the following scholarships and awards.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. Visit for details.

ARSA Scholarship – Financial award of $1000 that can be applied toward the winner’s tuition, books and/or test expenses.
Snap-On Aviation Toolkit Awards – Five (5) sets of aviation tools, each valued at $4000.
James Rardon AMT Student of the Year Award – Winner from an ATEC-member school receives a plaque and trip (airfare, hotel, meals) to the 2015 ATEC conference.
Avotek Book Awards – Five (5) sets of AMT training books, each valued at $250 per set.
Avotek Avionics Book Awards - Five (5) sets of avionics textbooks to students enrolled in a certified Avionics Program.
NRF Aviation Scholarship – Financial awards up to $1000 that can be applied toward tuition, books, tools, and/or test expenses.  Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

Scholarship: WMU Aviation


Applications are now open for the College of Aviation internal scholarships.

Offered uniquely at the WMU College of Aviation; recipients are internally selected by the College of Aviation after receiving an application from interested students.
  • College of Aviation W.K. Kellogg Foundation Diversity in Aviation Scholarship - Due by February 15, 2015
  • Daniel L Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship Application- Due by March 15, 2015
  • Duncan Aviation Inc. Maintenance Scholarship - Due by March 15, 2015
  • College of Aviation General Scholarship Application - Due by March 15, 2015
Further information and applications can be found at  Questions or comments can be directed to Tom Thinnes at or by phone at (269) 964-5768.  Please return all application materials to:
General Scholarship Application
Aviation Education Center
Western Michigan University
237 N. Helmer Rd.
Battle Creek, MI 49037

Scholarship: CABAA


The 2015 Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) scholarship and professional training awards are open to applicants.  Each year CABAA distributes over $90,000 dollars in scholarship funds to deserving students. This year, there will be five $7500 financial scholarships, an SIC flight training award, and two maintenance scholarships.

Information is also available at

Scholarship: Continental Motors


Continental Motors Scholarship and Job Shadow opportunity 

Continental Motors, Inc. will offer scholarships to their factory engine school located in Mobile AL.  This opportunity is open to all COA students, with a priority given to those enrolled in the COA maintenance program.  The training will be conducted exclusively for WMU COA students, and will be offered sometime during July/August 2015. (Not the week of Oshkosh though!)  The maintenance training course requires one week of attendance and following that week, an additional week may be spent at CMI doing daily job shadowing.  This would typically involve spending time in the repair facility observing incoming inspection, disassembly, detail inspection, reassembly and testing of serviceable engines.  Other job shadow options would be in various departments of CMI, such as quality, engineering, inventory control, parts procurement, customer service etc.

Transportation to Mobile AL. and the lodging there will be the responsibility of the COA student attendee.

Applications are available thru Tom Thinnes ( and will require a brief (1-2 page) paper explaining the applicant’s interest in this program, what they expect to gain from it, and how it affects their career plans. Applications are due by 5:00 pm, January 30, 2015.

Factory Training

  • Aviation Technician Factory Training Course

Continental Motors has developed the Aviation Technician Advanced Training Program for certified aviation technicians. The course includes the following:

Course Description

The course is designed as a refresher for the certified technicians on Continental Motors current production piston engines and covers the following subject areas:

    • General engine theory of operation
    • Crankcase Threading
    • Crankshaft component R & R
    • Cylinder R & R
    • Fuel Injection System fuel pump adjustment
    • A tour of the Continental Motors’ factory
    • 100-hour/annual inspection topics
    • Cylinder borescope inspections
    • Continental Motors’ ignition systems hands-on to include tear down and setting internal timing
    • Service bulletin exercises to really get you into using our manuals

Quality and Accuracy are the watchwords we live by and our instructional staff has years of experience in the aviation and instructional arenas. The training course is held right at our factory in Mobile, Alabama. So the entire factory is at your disposal to ensure you get the best classroom instructional learning experience.

Contact Tom Thinnes at or (269) 964-5768 for an application or if you have any questions.

University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs

University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs
Students can earn cash and national recognition from the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies for their design solutions addressing airport needs across many disciplines.
The University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs offers broad challenge areas relating to issues facing airports that are excellent open-ended topics for capstone design classes, culminating projects or independent study.  Undergraduates and graduates at U.S. colleges may participate as individuals or teams working under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The challenges cross disciplines ranging from engineering and the sciences to information technology, business needs for airports and more.  Design challenges relate to these broad areas: Airport Environmental Interactions, Airport Management and Planning, Airport Operations and Maintenance and Runway Safety.  Activities can be undertaken during the spring semester.  
The competition is a continuation of the FAA Design Competition for Universities which is now managed by the Airport Cooperative Research Program.  
Submissions are due April 30, 2015
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