"Ag Wings of Tomorrow" Scholarship

Up to five scholarships, $22,500 in training money available from BASF, GE and Thrush

NAAA’s scholarship program has expanded and will now award up to five flight training scholarships a year under the new NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program. Thanks to the generous support of BASF, GE Aviation and Thrush Aircraft, the proceeds available to assist aspiring ag pilots in their training have tripled from $7,500 to $22,500 in scholarship funds.

The new scholarship program builds upon the Agricultural Aviation Scholarship NAAA and BASF awarded since 2010 and will be administered under similar terms and conditions. The “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship developed after GE Aviation and Thrush offered $15,000 in additional scholarship funds to NAAA. Since NAAA and BASF already offered a scholarship to develop new ag pilots, NAAA approached BASF about partnering with GE and Thrush. BASF welcomed the expansion to further benefit the industry and agreed to team up to sponsor the new “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program.

With its goal of helping NAAA Operators bring new pilots into the aerial application industry, “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” is a win-win for NAAA Operator members and ag pilots of the next generation. Aspiring agricultural pilots now have three more opportunities to earn scholarship funds to support their training and development. NAAA will award up to four scholarships valued at $5,000 and one scholarship valued at $2,500 each year.

Last year NAAA and BASF awarded $7,500 in scholarships to Landunn Koyle (first place) and Matthew Burkhammer (second place) at the 2016 Convention in Long Beach, Calif. NAAA will award the recipients of the 2017 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarships in December at the Ag Aviation Expo in Savannah, Ga.        

Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship must be sponsored by an NAAA Operator member, and scholarship recipients may use the proceeds for flight training or aviation-related coursework at a university, college, community college or other institution of higher learning. A stipend for a trainee in an NAAA Operator-sponsored apprentice program is also permissible.

To be considered for a 2017 scholarship, along with completing the two-part application, every applicant must submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from the NAAA Operator member sponsoring the applicant.
  • An essay of 250 words or less written by the applicant explaining why you want to pursue a career in agricultural aviation and how you would use NAAA’s “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship to further your education and training.
  • A one-page résumé or list of activities detailing all agricultural and aviation experiences, education and training.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 20, 2017. All applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: need, prior experience, likelihood of retention in the aerial application industry, strength of operator’s recommendation letter, and strength of applicant’s essay.

Please review the full instructions and print the application for the NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship. If you need clarification about any of the application requirements, please contact NAAA at (202) 546-5722 or information@agaviation.org.

The NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship is funded by an educational grant provided by BASF, GE Aviation and Thrush Aircraft and administered by NAAA.