THE 2013 AK AIRMEN SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS MARCH 31st, 2013.
JOHN P. CULHANE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The John P. Culhane Memorial Scholarship was created in 1991 by the Alaska Airmen’s Association to honor the late John P. Culhane and his outstanding personal contributions to Alaska’s aviation community. As an Association Director, he was involved in Alaska aviation safety and education; as well as the Airmen’s and Soviet Union Aviation Exchange Program in the late 1980’s. A fixed and rotor-wing pilot, John was killed in California in 1991, along with his son and a friend.
This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 towards the pursuit of a professional piloting career.
F. ATLEE DODGE MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is named in memory of long-time Alaskan F. Atlee Dodge, who contributed to the engineering, design, fabrication, and certification of aircraft parts to accommodate Alaska’s unique flying conditions. With over 60 years of design and modification experience, Atlee is no stranger to anyone who flies in Alaska.
This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 towards the pursuit of a professional career in aircraft maintenance.
BOB REEVE AVIATION MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Robert C. “Bob” Reeve, at the age of 30 started a charter flying service that flew gold miners and supplies from the mudflats of Valdez to glaciers near the mines, thus earning the moniker “Glacier Pilot”. Bob’s flying career in Alaska is well documented. His many adventures and achievements include flying the Washburn Expedition to a glacier at the base of Mt. Lucania in 1937; flying supplies, equipment, and personnel to Northway, Alaska in 1941 for the construction of a new airport; also as being the only civilian pilot authorized to fly in the Aleutian combat arena in World War II. Bob established Reeve Aleutian Airways in 1947 flying Boeing 727’s and Lockheed Electra’s. Reeve Aleutian Airways successfully provided passenger, freight, and mail service to the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian, Shumagin, and Pribilof Islands, and in later years expanding to the Russian Far East. Reeve Aleutian Airways proudly served Alaska for nearly 70 years.
This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 towards a career in aviation management (to include areas of operations, safety, & education), dispatch, or a career in the ATC field.
BOB ELLIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Robert “Bob” Ellis, a pioneer aviator who founded Ellis Air Transport, which ultimately merged into Alaska Airlines, was a celebrated pilot and renownedKetchikanresident. Bob would serve as the town mayor and two terms as a Territorial Legislature Senator, in addition to serving as a Navy commander inAttuduring World War II. Bob’s aviation career spanned more than 33 years. He made history in 1929 flying as a navigator with Anscel Eckman and flight mechanic Jack Halloran on a seven-hour, 33-minute nonstop flight from Seattle to Juneau in a Lockheed Vega floatplane. They were honored by the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Ellis Air Transport was founded in 1936 with a YKS-6 Cabin Waco, and following World War II, began flying the Grumman Goose amphibian planes. Later Ellis merged with Alaska Coastal Airlines, which later became part of Alaska Airlines. Bob was a founder of the Ketchikan Search and Rescue Squad and an active proponent of the visitor industry. He died in 1994. TheKetchikanInternationalAirportterminal is named in his honor.
This $500.00 scholarship is open to residents of Southeast Alaska who intend a career in the aviation industry.
Applications can be mailed to:
Alaska Airmen’s Association
4200 Floatplane Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502