2017 ICAS Foundation Scholarships Help Young Aviators Achieve Dreams

Photo by Shelley Sailer

Every year, ICAS Foundation scholarships give young men and women the chance to pursue their dreams in aviation. Recently, the Foundation announced the names of the 2017 scholarship recipients and began the process of accepting applications for 2018.

In total, the ICAS Foundation awarded nearly $12,000 in aviation scholarships in 2017. Larae Stotts received $2,000 from the Charlie Hillard Memorial Scholarship. Joseph Schimnich was presented with $2,000 from the ICAS Foundation/General Aviation Manufacturers Association Scholarship program. Alissa Brown received $4,000 from the Marion Cole Memorial Scholarship. Elise Wheelock received $2,000 from the Jan Jones Scholarship. Kendrick Cooper will continue her aviation training with a $1,500 scholarship from the Sean DeRosier Scholarship. And Nicolette Fala was presented with the Lovelace-Drake Memorial Scholarship, which will allow her to pursue aerobatic training with Grayout Aerosports.

For decades, these ICAS Foundation scholarships have made it possible for pilots to learn to fly. And the Foundation often hears from past scholarship recipients.

“Over the years of choosing recipients, we have been delighted by the gratitude expressed by the winners,” said Foundation board member Doreen Hillard. “Their aviation careers continue on with stories and flying tales that warm your heart.”

One example is the 2003 Charlie Hillard Memorial Scholarship recipient, Shelley Sailer. In part, due to the scholarship she had received from the Foundation, Sailer was able to successfully pursue a career in aviation that has led her to such opportunities as flying helicopters for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica.

“The ICAS Foundation Scholarship program, and particularly the Charlie Hillard Scholarship, has been a wonderful experience for the Hillard family and the recipients,” said Hillard. “The scholarships have truly made a difference in the lives of many of the recipients who could not afford that initial start in aviation.”

Students interested in applying for 2018 ICAS Foundation scholarship opportunities will need to submit their completed applications by December 31, 2018. To apply, visit www.icasfoundation.org/scholarships and select the active scholarships of interest.

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