YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship available

YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship available The Yankton Regional Aviation Association (YRAA) announces the opening for applications for the YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship. The $500 scholarship was established in May 2005 and is one way the YRAA promotes general aviation in southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska. The YRAA has 104 members from towns including Menno, Parkston, Springfield, Tyndall, Vermillion, Volin, Wagner, Yankton, Bloomfield, Creighton, Hartington, Randolph and Wayne. The scholarship will be given to a "wannabe student" pilot or student pilot. The success of this program is in part dependent upon the receipt of good quality nominees. The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is July 15. The application form for the YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship can be requested from Secretary Steve Hamilton, 303 Golf Lane, Yankton, SD 57078; or email skyhawk@iw.net; or call 605-665-8448. The following are the criteria for the scholarship: 1. The applicant must be at least 16 years old. Applicants who have soloed will be given priority consideration. 2. The applicant must complete the "YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship Application," sign it, and submit it to the YRAA secretary by July 15. If the applicant is less than 18 years old, the applicant's parent or guardian must sign the application. 3. The applicant must write a letter stating why they deserve the YRAA Pilot Training Scholarship, sign the letter, and submit it to the YRAA secretary. The letter should describe the applicant's interest in aviation and future plans after achieving their pilot's license. The letter should also include accomplishments of the applicant as they apply to aviation such as Young Eagles flight, ACE Camp participation, aviation education program participation or membership in aviation clubs or organizations such as AOPA, EAA, Civil Air Patrol, etc. 4. The applicant is encouraged to have people submit letters of recommendation. 5. The selectee must pass a third class physical examination conducted by an aviation medial examiner, at the applicant's expense, before receiving scholarship funds. 6. The funds are to be used exclusively for obtaining a pilot's license (instructor fees, aircraft rental, aviation fuel, etc.) The YRAA will pay 50 percent of the charges for flight training as it is billed by a CFI or FBO. The selectee is responsible for the other 50 percent of the charges. 7. The scholarship funds must be expended within 12 months of the time of the award. 8. The training must be conducted at a Yankton regional airport: Bloomfield, Creighton, Hartington, Parkston, Springfield, Wagner, Wayne, Vermillion or Yankton. 9. A copy of the flight training charges should be mailed to the YRAA treasurer as the training progresses. The YRAA will pay up to a total of $400. The final $100 will be paid after the scholarship selectee provides a one-page typed summary/story about their training experience (total $500) (see criteria #10). 10. The scholarship selectee shall report in a one-page typed summary/story to the YRAA newsletter editor about their training experience within one year after receiving the award.

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