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    NGPA’s Education Fund Helps Aspiring LGBT Aviators and Allies

    AviatorsDo you know an aspiring aviator? NGPA’s Education Fund provides scholarships to aviators with the de­sire to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond the private pilot certificate, and who have dem­onstrated community involvement, including support of the LGBT com­munity. The fund has given more than $202,000 in 65 awards since 1998.

    In 2011, NGPA awarded its first Da­vid M. Charlebois scholarship. This is a special scholarship given to an exceptional candidate. The scholar­ship is named after one of the organi­zation’s own members, David Char­lebois, who was the First Officer on American Airlines Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, an individual must be pursuing a career as a professional pilot, or seeking to enhance their professional piloting skills. The individual must be at least 18 years old at the date of application, and must also have earned at least a private pilot certificate.

    Scholarship funds may be used to pay for advanced flight training, such as instrument, multi-engine, commer­cial, instructor, or ATP training.

    An independent selection committee reviews the candidates’ applications and ranks the candidates based on the applicant’s demonstrated excel­lence in personal and aviation ac­complishments including motivation, teamwork, history of achievement, at­titude, leadership, and involvement in volunteer and LGBT activities.

    The 2015 NGPA Education Fund Scholarship application is now available: