2014 WNAAA Scholarship Essay Contest

Entries for WNAAA Scholarship Essay Contest Due August 15

Attention, higher-education students: Don't miss out on the opportunity to compete for a combined $3,000 in educational scholarships. The Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association will award a $2,000 scholarship as top prize in its 32nd annual essay competition, and Covington Aircraft Engines has generously agreed to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship. The deadline for the 2014 WNAAA Scholarship Essay Contest is Aug. 15, 2014.

2014 Essay Theme:

The Implication of UAVs in Agricultural Aviation

Ag plane spraying canola fieldThe top essays from the 2012 WNAAA Scholarship Contest are available in the Related Content column at right.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

If you are an NAAA member (or become one by June 15), the WNAAA invites you to sponsor a contestant in the 2014 WNAAA Scholarship Essay Contest. The scholarship is not restricted to pursuing a “flying career.” Any educational pursuit beyond high school (at any age) is eligible. The competition is open to all NAAA members and their family members. The contest is also open to allied industry members and their family members. Each allied industry company is allowed to sponsor only one eligible family member per contest. To qualify, dues must be paid by the organization or individual member on or before June 15, 2014.

Entrants must have graduated from high school prior to the deadline date for entry (Aug. 15, 2014) and be enrolled in continuing education during the year of entry. Previous winners are not eligible to compete. The contest deadline is Aug. 15, 2014.

2014 WNAAA Scholarship Guidelines

The theme for this year’s contest is “The Implications of UAVs in Agricultural Aviation.” Essays must be 1,500 words or less. Topic deviation and/or modification will not be accepted. Papers submitted will be judged on content, theme development, clarity, originality and proper grammar. All sources used must be cited in a bibliography or works cited page. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. Entries must be typewritten and double-spaced.

To ensure the judges will not know the identities of the writer, keep any reference to the author’s name, sponsoring company and company location out of the essay itself. However, a title page must be attached and contain the entrant’s name, address, email address, telephone number, relationship to sponsor, sponsor’s company name, address and telephone number. A photograph of the entrant and short biography should also be provided.

Manuscripts may be sent electronically or mailed. Electronic submissions should be sent as an email attachment to iflyag@bellsouth.net. If the essay is sent by mail it must be postmarked by Aug. 15, 2014, and mailed to:

Phyllis Howard, WNAAA Scholarship Chair
c/o Howard Flying Service
P.O. Box 1539
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Receipt of the essay will be acknowledged. The winners will be notified by phone and letter and recognized at the 2014 NAAA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Selected essays will be published on the NAAA website and may be published in Agricultural Aviation magazine, the official publication of NAAA, based on spacing. All essays become the property of the WNAAA. The judges’ decision is final. In the event the entries received lack outstanding merit, the WNAAA reserves the right not to award the scholarship(s).