As part of our commitment to considerably strengthen our scholarship program through additional funding, the Airmen's Association has been partnering with other community and industry actors to co-fund even more scholarships for Alaska's aviation students.
You may honor the name of an individual or have your business or organization recognized for as little as $1250 while supporting the aspirations of young aviation enthusiasts.
The Alaska Airmen's Association will match your donation up to $10,000 in $2,500 increments towards all scholarships categories and conditions that you select.
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WOULD YOU CARE TO INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE LABOR FORCE?
For several years, the Alaska Airmen’s Association has provided scholarships for individuals interested in pursuing careers in aviation. These scholarships are funded through various sources, including the Airmen’s Aircraft Raffle, the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, and contributions from individuals. Typically, they amount to $2,500, but this can vary based on the donor's preferences. As the saying goes, "The Lord helps those who help themselves," and while we don't claim divine status, we strongly believe in this philosophy. We estimate a success rate of around 90%, with most applicants achieving their desired rating or certification within their chosen scholarship category.
I've always been a strong advocate for education, a trait that seems to run in my family. My grandfather authored several books on career counseling long before the term gained widespread recognition. Now, in my retirement after a fulfilling aviation career, I reflect on the invaluable mentors who guided me in my early days. Unfortunately, most of them are no longer with us, and I can't repay their kindness.
My parents, Don and Carol Bedford, were hardworking and frugal individuals who left me a substantial inheritance. I would feel guilty spending it frivolously. What better way to honor their memory, as well as that of those who supported me, than by assisting a deserving young person in embarking on an aviation journey?
In the past, the application deadline was in the middle of winter, with recipients notified shortly thereafter, and the awards ceremony held annually at the Gathering. This year, recognizing that many in Alaska pursue A&P mechanics certification through the University of Alaska's fall program, we've introduced an additional round of scholarships focused on the A&P career path. The application period was held over the summer, with scholarships to be awarded in the fall. The Alaska Airmen’s Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 to fund four $2,500 scholarships. We are considering increasing our contribution and invite your business to consider a deductible donation of $1,250, which the Airmen's Association would match, effectively doubling the number of scholarships available. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of the funds benefit students. You can receive recognition at half the usual cost and possibly discover a valuable employee in the years to come.
Dennis Bedford Former Board Member and Supporter of the Scholarship Program