Sheltair Aviation, a leading aviation services company, and Avfuel Corporation, a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services, announce the availability of the 2022 Future Takes Flight Scholarships application.
Now in its inaugural year, the Sheltair and Avfuel: Future Takes Flight Scholarships will provide US$30,000 in educational funds annually. Each year, the program will award six US$5,000 scholarships across three categories: two for learning to fly or advanced pilot ratings; two for aviation technicians; and two for continuing education.
“With the Future Takes Flight Scholarship Program, we’re giving back to the industry that has given us everything,” said Lisa Holland, Sheltair’s president. “By providing meaningful financial support to aviators pursuing a greater commitment to business aviation, we’re reinvesting in the aviation community we love.”
Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s senior vice president of sales, said, “The Avfuel and Sheltair teams are humbled by the opportunities this great industry has afforded us—enabling us to thrive as collaborative partners for nearly 10 years. It is our privilege to support career advancement opportunities within business aviation. It’s our collective way to celebrate our industry, support its future and show our appreciation.”
By splitting the scholarship funds across three key categories, Sheltair and Avfuel seek to support advancement throughout a broad scope of educational opportunities within business aviation.
Funds in the learning to fly or advanced pilot ratings category can be used for course work or flight lessons for students pursuing their private pilot certificate, adding a type rating (multi-engine, commercial or others), adding to their certificate with an ATP, completing a bachelor’s degree, working toward a CAM certification, or completing upset recovery training.
Funds in the aviation technicians category can be used to start or continue aviation technician coursework, or achieve a mechanic’s inspector authorization certification.
Funds in the continuing education category can be used to further skills needed when working at an FBO, charter company, maintenance facility or flight school.
Scholarship applications are available at Avfuel.com/Scholarships and are due on June 1, 2022. A team of Avfuel and Sheltair executives will then evaluate the applications to select the year’s six recipients based on essay submissions and with special consideration given to those facing financial hardship. The scholarship recipients will be notified by August 1 and announced at NBAA-BACE.