scholarships

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT AVIATION?

If so, then applying for aviation scholarships with the Alaska Airmen could be your ticket to turning that dream into reality.

Get financial support, Broaden your Resume and Connect with a community!

scholarships

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT AVIATION?

If so, then applying for aviation scholarships with the Alaska Airmen could be your ticket to turning that dream into reality.

Get financial support, Broaden your Resume and Connect with a community!

SCHOlARSHIPS OPEN NOW

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 1ST, 2024

Contribute Today!

Our members 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 aviation professionals and enthusiasts in mind. Alaskans have spoken up, and our community clearly places immense value on local aviation. This upcoming generation of aviation professionals and enthusiasts is eager to establish a foothold in the industry, and funds are flowing in from all corners of the state to support them.

2022 Scholarship Ceremony at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering
Bill Stroecker

A special Thank You to the BILL STROECKER FOUNDATION, Who provided

FIVE $10,000 Scholarships

For Maintenance Professionals!

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS!

Part 107 Drone Piloting, Aerospace Engineering, and a complete float rating from Alaska Floats and Skis!

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SCHOLARSHIP CATEGORIES

Aircraft Maintenance & Fabrication

Airport Operations, Management, & Air Traffic Control

Piloting: from zero-time through ATP and beyond! New Aviation Discovery Scholarships: $500 to see whether flying is for you.

Other Aviation Pursuits (drone piloting, aerospace engineering, astronaut, etc.)

OUR SCHOLARSHIPS HELP FUND

Pilots

Aircraft mechanics and technicians

Air traffic controllers

Airport managers

Drone pilots

Aerospace engineers and more!

ANNUALLY RECURRING SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships recur year after year thanks to incredibly generous donations from their benefactors.

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CHRISTIAN D. BOHRER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

**Now $5,000*FOR PROFESSIONAL PILOTS**

John P.
JOHN P. CULHANE PROFESSIONAL PILOT SCHOLARSHIP

$2500

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JOE STANCIL JR. FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

$3000.00

Bob Ellis
BOB ELLIS MEMORIAL

$500

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MAJOR WILLIAM JAMES HEAD AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

$2500.00

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F. ATLEE DODGE MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP

$2500

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BILL STROECKER FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

$5000

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Bob Reeve Management Aviation Scholarship

$3000.00

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The DON AND CAROL BEDFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

TWO SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH $2500 EACH

 

2024 SCHOLARSHIP DONORS

These generous donors have kicked off our 2024 scholarship fundraising this year. We are grateful for their contribution to Alaska aviation and can't wait to share more as the fundraising continues!

 

 

We would like to offer a special thank you to the Bill Stroecker Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Float & Skis, and Alaska Air Transit whose

generous donation allowed us to fund scholarship awards for 2024.

 

Barry Santana

Barry is a multi-year donor that has funded both piloting and maintenance scholarships.  Barry's contribution will provide a $2,500 Aircraft Mechanic Scholarship in honor of Voight Clum and a $2,500 Pilot Scholarship in honor of Jay Hammond, whose Cessna 185 Barry now flies.

In addition, Barry has helped us kickoff an Aerospace Engineering Scholarship inspired by his own career.   Thank you Barry!

Austin and Merry Engebretson

Austin and Merry donated $2,500 towards our scholarships this year. They've taken advantage of the Association Matching Funds to create two $2,500 scholarships, one for piloting and one for maintenance.

James Baum

James has donated to the program for several years now and funded both piloting and maintenance scholarships with his support.  He is a long time pilot and raffle ticket buyer still hoping this might be his year for the big win.  Good luck Jim!!

Meadow Lakes Flying Dames

The Meadow Lakes Flying Dames scholarship has generously funded by an anonymous donor for a few years now. This scholarship capitalizes on the Alaska Airmen Association matching funds to create a $2500 award intended to support a female pilot on her training journey.

Sutton Aircraft Salvage

A home-operated aircraft salvage yard located 4 miles north of Palmer specializing in Cessna parts.  Sutton Aircraft has helped fund our scholarship program for several years now and you can see them supporting the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in the Fly Market, as well!

In Memory of Dr. George F. Gates

In 1964, Dr. Gates graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado pursuing engineering and pre-med.  After completing residency in orthopedics in San Antonio, Texas, he selected Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, where he also became a recreational "Bush Pilot." In 1978, George separated from the Air Force and relocated his family to a remote cabin for an Alaska "living off the grid" adventure.

His family and friends have chosen to memorialize his love of aviation in Alaska by supporting the dreams and education of a future aviation professional.  $2500 will be awarded in his name.  Thank you Dr. Gates and family!

In Memory of Phil Block, Alaska Airlines Pilot

Barbara Block, a member of the local chapter of the Soroptomists International, has garnered the support of her group to fund a scholarship in memory of her husband and further the organization's mission of helping women and girls live their dream.  The award has grown to $3000 this year and the Airmen Association is very grateful!

Alaska Air Transit

Alaska Air Transit is a new donor in 2024 excited to get involved in the scholarship program and help the Airmen Association efforts towards workforce development in the Alaska Aviation Industry.  They have chosen to support scholarship awards in both the field of piloting and maintenance.  Welcome to the team AAT!!

Sisters of the Sky

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The "Sisters of the Sky" scholarship was founded in 2024 by a diverse group of women active in and passionate about Alaska's aviation industry. We serve as GA pilots, Airplane Owners, Airline Captains, Flight followers, Flight instructors, Aviation Operation Managers, Aircraft mechanics, Drone operators, Dispatchers, etc.; these two scholarships are our attempt to come together as sisters and help the next generation of female pilots succeed. The two scholarships each consist of a $2.5k monetary flight training contribution and a free ground school package provided by our partner, Pilotinstitute.com. It also includes access to female mentors active in various aviation industry sectors via our group.

2024 Co-Funded Scholarships

The Alaska Airmen Association receives donations of all sizes throughout the year and are proud to match our own funds to create $2500 awards across all categories.  Many thanks to all who contribute!

Past Donors Include: 

Members of the Alaska Airmen Board of Directors

The John H Nystrum Fund

Janis Skilar

Duane Dunwoody

Marion Simon

Bob Gastrock

The Sholton Foundation

Bob Thomas

And many more anonymous donors!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2024 CO-FUNDING PARTNERS!

SCHOARSHIPS OPEN NOW

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 1ST, 2024

Contribute Today!

Our members 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 aviation professionals and enthusiasts in mind. Alaskans have spoken up, and our community clearly places immense value on local aviation. This upcoming generation of aviation professionals and enthusiasts is eager to establish a foothold in the industry, and funds are flowing in from all corners of the state to support them.

2022 Scholarship Ceremony at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

A special Thank You to the BILL STROECKER FOUNDATION, Who provided

FIVE $10,000 Scholarships!

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NEW SCHOLARSHIPS!

Part 107 Drone Piloting, Aerospace Engineering, and a complete float rating from Alaska Floats and Skis!

SCHOLARSHIP CATEGORIES

Aircraft Maintenance & Fabrication

Airport Operations, Management, & Air Traffic Control

Piloting: from zero-time through ATP and beyond! New Aviation Discovery Scholarships: $500 to see whether flying is for you.

Other Aviation Pursuits (drone piloting, aerospace engineering, astronaut, etc.)

OUR SCHOLARSHIPS HELP FUND

Pilots

Aircraft mechanics and technicians

Air traffic controllers

Airport managers

Drone pilots

Aerospace engineers and more!

 

2024 SCHOLARSHIP DONORS

These generous donors have kicked off our 2024 scholarship fundraising this year. We are grateful for their contribution to Alaska aviation and can't wait to share more as the fundraising continues!

 

 

We would like to offer a special thank you to the Bill Stroecker Foundation, Alaska Float & Skis, and Alaska Air Transit whose generous donations allowed us to fund scholarship awards for 2024.

 

ANNUALLY RECURRING SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships recur year after year thanks to incredibly generous donations from their benefactors.

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BILL STROECKER FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

$5000

Christian-Bohrer-200x300
CHRISTIAN D. BOHRER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

**Now $5,000*FOR PROFESSIONAL PILOTS**

Bob Ellis
BOB ELLIS MEMORIAL

$500

John P.
JOHN P. CULHANE PROFESSIONAL PILOT SCHOLARSHIP

$2500

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JOE STANCIL JR. FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP

$3000.00

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MAJOR WILLIAM JAMES HEAD AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP

$2500.00

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F. ATLEE DODGE MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP

$2500

Bob
Bob Reeve Management Aviation Scholarship

$3000.00

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The DON AND CAROL BEDFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

TWO SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH $2500 EACH