Academy College Announces 2018 Sherm Booen Legacy Scholarship Recipient

Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue

BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – Brigham Nelson of River Falls, Wisconsin, has received the Sherm Booen Legacy Scholarship. Established in 2016 to celebrate Academy College’s 80th Anniversary, the scholarship provides $10,000 for a student pursuing a professional pilot career in honor of World War II pilot, Sherm Booen, the host of the radio and television program, “The World of Aviation.”

Nelson was inspired by aviation at a young age because of his interest in remote control airplanes. In the beginning, Nelson struggled with takeoffs and landings, but in time he acquired the proficiency with four-channel controls and was able to perform aerobatics. Upon graduating from River Falls, Wisconsin High School, Nelson wondered if his love for flying remote control airplanes could transition to flying real airplanes as a career. In 2014, he walked into Academy College and his dream became a reality. He is now enrolled in the four-year Commercial Pilot Program and has never looked back. He has obtained his Commercial Pilot Certificate and is starting Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor training this fall. Nelson’s goal is to become a commercial airline pilot and give back to the community by teaching young kids about aviation and of course, flying remote control airplanes.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship will be accepted from March 1st to May 31st, 2019. Contact Academy College at 952-851-0066, or email for details (

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