“The Tony Bingelis Scholarship Fund, formerly The Texas Fly-In, has opened is 2009 scholarship application cycle, the organization said on Feb. 18. Application deadline is June 1.
“The excitement and magic of aviation is no longer enough to produce the next generation of aviators,” said Stan Shannon of Fredericksburg, Texas, of the scholarship fund. “We must reach out and guide more youth into aviation and our scholarship fund is a better way than hosting a fly-in.”
Scholarships of up to $2,000 are available to Texas youths between the ages of 16 and 22 who are interested in a future in aviation. The money may be used to pursue flight training or to pay expenses involved with college tuition, books, etc.
Awards are granted on a competitive basis after completed applications, written statements describing applicants’ plans and motivation, and letters of recommendation are reviewed.
Scholarships will be awarded to high school students for flight instruction at an approved flight school or enrollment in an aviation program; and to college students for books and supplies, for flight instruction at an approved flight school, or enrollment in an aviation program. All scholarship funds will be paid directly to the appropriate flight school, program or book store.
For information or to download application forms: www.tonybingelisscholarshipfund.org