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Friday, 12 January 2007 09:12


It is my pleasure on behalf of the Balloon Federation of America Youth Programs to announce that the tradition of awarding scholastic achievement scholarships will be continuing during 2008/2009! The BFA Scholarship Program is proud to provide the opportunity to eligible BFA Hi-Flyers for financial assistance towards educational opportunities in aviation as well as college or trade school.
Four scholarships are available:

1) The Bill Murtorff Aviation Education Scholarship will be awarded annually. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2009. The scholarship recipient will be announced and funds disbursed during October 2009. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with the financial support for the BFA Hi-Flyer to attend a Part 141 Flight Training School. Amount of award will not exceed  $500.00.

*Recipient must currently hold a student pilot certificate and be actively pursuing a private pilot lighter-than-air certificate. Recipient must be a Hi-Flyer with membership current at time of application and award

2) The Balloon Federation of America Scholastic Scholarship
will also be awarded annually. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2009. Scholarship recipient will be announced and funds disbursed during October 2009. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with the financial support of a BFA Hi-Flyer pursuing an associate or bachelor degree. Amount of award will not exceed $500.00.

3) Earl MacPherson Memorial Scholarship.The Earl MacPherson Memorial Scholarship will support young balloon enthusiasts seeking to expand their piloting and academic knowledge by permitting them to attend camps, piloting seminar and ground school opportunities, or college. Click here for details.

4) Stephen Lachendro Memorial Scholarship. Any teen interested in attending the Balloon Federation of America hotair balloon camps may apply. Click here for details.

General Scholarship Guidelines

  Document achievements while involved in ballooning

  Submit a grade report from the current school year

  Document involvement in school or civic activities outside of ballooning

  Write an essay explaining why you are a good candidate to receive the Bill Murtorff Scholastic Scholarship.

  Document any extenuating circumstances you feel the committee should consider when evaluating your application.

  Include number of years involved in the junior balloonist/hi-flyer program

  Hold current membership at time of application and award

  Be eligible to attend a college or trade school in 2009 (have graduated or be eligible for graduation, or earned a GED no later than 6/15/09). 

  You may download the scholarship application form by clicking here or  please send requests for an application packet to:

                      P.O. Box 400
                      Indianola, IA  50125


Shelley Caraway
BFA Youth Program Chair

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 April 2009 23:26

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