Alaska Airmen's Scholarships

2021 Scholarship Season

The Alaska Airmen's are proud to support the growth of aviation as an industry and lifestyle. We partner with aviation legends to award multiple scholarships each year, designed with the next generation of aviators in mind. We all know how expensive the aviation industry is, which is why we are so excited to give over $40,000 worth of scholarships to help out!

Our Scholarships


Christian was a successful young flight instructor in Alaska's aviation community, who was always looking to share his passion for aviation. Christian was a natural teacher with a constant focus on safety first. Christian passed away in 2016, at age 20, when the aircraft he was a passenger in was brought down by a bird strike. Christian's passion and aviation spirit will live on through the Alaska Airmen by awarding a $2,500 scholarship in Christian's honor, continuing to help Alaska residents pursue their dream of becoming a professional pilot.


This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional piloting career.


Atlee Dodge is a well know name to every Alaskan Aviator. His knowledge of the inner workings of Alaskan Bush planes is unsurpassed and his improvements for all things Super Cub are felt and appreciated to this day. The Alaska Airmen are proud to continue on his journey of airplane advancements by providing $2,500 for a student looking toward Aircraft Maintenance as a career.

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional career in aircraft maintenance.


Don and Carol Bedford were a team. Don had earned his Airframe and Power license and was well on the way to a degree in aeronautical engineering when he felt impelled to join the workforce at Lockheed Aircraft at the outbreak of WW II. Don later joined the Army Air Corps where he eventually joined the Aviation Cadet program. He was transitioning to fighters when the war ended. He returned to Lockheed where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tony LeVere and Howard Hughes and worked on the P-80 program. In 1947 Don took a job with Alaska Coastal Airlines in Juneau where he stayed through a series of mergers to retire from Alaska Airlines in 1993. Carol was from the Chicago area where she attended business school. She traveled to Alaska on a whim took a job at Alaska Airlines where the two met. Don was one of the first authorized inspectors in Southeast Alaska, an area where he remained active throughout the rest of his life. He also flew and restored small aircraft. Carol supported Don in all his endeavors, kept up with the billing and paperwork and "tended the home fires".

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional career in aircraft maintenance.


For would-be pilots looking towards aviation as a life goal and not a career, the Alaska Airmen partner with Joe Stancil Jr. to award a $3,000 private pilot scholarship. This scholarship is open to all Alaska residents who are in pursuit of their private pilot license and are planning to fly in Alaska.  This includes building hours in the cockpit toward their private pilot license. Proof of ground school participation via letter from instructor or course transcripts and CFI letters of recommendation will be required.

This scholarship awards an applicant $3000 toward a Private Pilot License.


An amazing pilot who was inspirational and encouraging for other pilots to pursue their goals and dreams

This scholarship was donated by Beluga Air and will award an applicant $2,500 toward the pursuit of a professional piloting career


This scholarship was donated by The Wollenberg Foundation and will award an applicant $2,500


The Alaska Airmen's Association has budgeted $40,000 for our scholarship program! Our commitment is to help fund young aviators to pursue their aviation endeavors. Thank you to all our members and supporters for helping us to do so!



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.

We would like to recognize the following organizations for their contributions and help in making our goal of funding Alaska's next generation of aviation professionals possible:

Holly and Dennis Bedford Family


         Suburban Air Express, Inc. 


If you would like to Co-sponsor a scholarship with us, please email


Previous Winners...



Aaron Edwards

Bob Reeve Aviation Management Scholarship


Aras Sirvelis

Don & Carol Bedford Memorial Scholarship


Hannah Corral

F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship


Nicholas Zito

John P. Culhane Scholarship


Samuel Dobson

Bob Ellis Scholarship


Tyler Berg

LakeHood Pilots Association Scholarship


Tyler Kukowski

Christian D. Bohrer Scholarship


Victoria Austin

Joe Stancil Jr. Scholarship