OSHKOSH, WIS. – EAA Chapter 640 of Wausau, Wis., has donated $10,000 to the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame to establish a new scholarship fund for aviation/aerospace students from Wisconsin.
The fund will be established at the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Wausau, to endow a named scholarship. Successful applicants for the new scholarship will be Wisconsin residents who are aviation/aerospace majors at U.S. technical schools, colleges, or universities with strong academic performance, civic involvement, and extracurricular activities.
The EAA chapter’s donation is a result of an estate gift left to the chapter by Bob Payzer, a Wausau native and friend of the chapter who passed away in 2010. The chapter also donated $10,000 to the Archie Towle Aviation Endowment Fund, established in 1998 to award up to $3,000 to students living within a 50-mile radius of Wausau, who demonstrate financial need, ability, and a desire to pursue a career in the field of aviation.
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, established in 1985, currently awards three scholarships: the Carl Guell Memorial ($1,000) created in 2002, the Jerome Thiessen Scholarship ($500) that began in 2005, and the Jerome Ripp Memorial, a $500 award established in 2007.
The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame has expanded its scholarship program to include Wisconsin students enrolled in aviation/aerospace courses at colleges and universities located outside the state. The deadline for 2013 scholarship applications was April 15. All scholarship documents and online application materials are available on the foundation’s website at: www.cfoncw.org/grants/scholarships.cfm.
WAHF has awarded $18,000 in scholarship funds since the launch of its program in 2002.