Agricultural Aviation Scholarship Applications Due by Aug. 31

How does $5,000 sound to help you get started on your journey to becoming an ag pilot? That’s the top prize in the 2013 NAAA/BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarship competition. The goal of the Agricultural Aviation Scholarship is to strengthen the aerial application industry by helping NAAA Operators bring new pilots into the profession. Each applicant must be sponsored by an NAAA Operator, and scholarship recipients must use the proceeds for flight training or agricultural 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.

The Agricultural Aviation Scholarship is funded by an educational grant provided by BASF and administered by NAAA. NAAA will award one scholarship valued at $5,000 and could award a second scholarship valued at $2,500 depending on the pool of applicants. NAAA and BASF awarded $8,500 in scholarships to Kole Pederson (first place), Richard Conrad (second place) and Heidi Stoeppler (honorable mention) at the 2013 Convention in Reno, Nev. This year’s winner, or winners, will be recognized in December at NAAA’s 48th Annual Convention & Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

To be considered for the 2014 scholarship, every applicant must submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from the NAAA Operator 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 Agricultural Aviation 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 Aug. 31, 2014. 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.

Click here to review the instructions and print the application for the NAAA/BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarship. If you need clarification about any of the application requirements, please call NAAA at (202) 546-5722.

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