The Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence Award” is given annually to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to an aviation degree core program at his or her chosen university or college. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and is named after Stimpson, a founder of GAMA and its president from 1970 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1996. Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on what aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in aviation.
The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is awarded annually to a college student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school. Named after Wood, founder and past Executive Director of NIFA, the award comes with a $2,000 prize and an engraved propeller trophy. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, aviation-related and non-aviation-related extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future.
Both applications are due April 15, 2016.