MATA Scholarship Recipient Reaches ATP Minimums

Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 issue

BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – In a letter to Minnesota Aviation Trades Association (MATA) President Greg Reigel, the 2009 recipient of the MATA Scholarship, Adam Kruse of Princeton, Minnesota said, “I wanted to let you know that the scholarship I received in 2009 is still appreciated. I reached the ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) minimums this year and look forward to a career with the airlines. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help MATA.”

When Kruse received the scholarship, he was a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During the summer, Kruse worked in Talkeetna, Alaska at K2 Aviation as a tarmac worker and Spanish translator.

Through scholarships, MATA helps to create tomorrow’s aviation professionals, promote flying, and support the Minnesota aviation community.

MATA awards a $2,000 scholarship each year. Candidate requirements are as follows:

• Must be currently enrolled in a flight training curriculum at a Minnesota flight school that is a member of MATA.

• Must write a one to two-page essay on why he/she wants to learn to fly or continue their training.

All completed materials must be emailed to by June 30th to be considered for that year’s scholarship.

A graduate of St. Cloud State University, and a student pilot at Wright Aero, Gjertine Maj Bagent, received the 2017 scholarship.

The Minnesota Aviation Trades Association strives to be the voice of the Minnesota aviation industry with an all-volunteer board of directors, which coordinates conferences; provides legal services; actively lobbies at both the local, state and federal levels; and assists members in building ethical, strong and competitive aviation businesses. Above all else, MATA strives to see general aviation continue to grow – locally, statewide, and nationally.

For additional information and membership information, contact Nancy Olson at 952-851-0631 extension 322, or via email at

MATA – the choice and voice of aviation businesses since 1945.

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