Wings Over Marin 2013 – Scholarships


Information about the GFCA youth scholarships will be distributed to Marin High Schools, 8th grade middle schools, and organizations including Young Eagles, Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Explorer Scouts, Novato High ROTC, GFCA Membership, and Marin County 99’s.

Scholarship Purpose:
To fund youth who wish to actively pursue their interest in the field of aviation.
Two scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to 1 male and 1 female winner.

Age of Applicants:
This scholarship opportunity is open to applicants between the ages of 14 to 22 years who submit an essay showing genuine and specific goals of what the student would accomplish if awarded
the scholarship funds.


  • Must be a Marin resident
  • 14 to 22 years of age (Note: FAA requires student to be 16 years of age to acquire a pilot license.
  • Students can take ground school and flying lessons prior to being sixteen.)
  • Students may be attending school (college/flight school) outside of Marin, as long as they are from Marin.
  • Applicant must write an essay of no more than 1,500 words (three single spaced pages)
  • This essay must be submitted and received by 5:00pm, Thursday, September 12.
  • Top 6 finalists may be interviewed by phone. Must provide your Name, Address, Email, & phone number with your essay.
  • Submission will be sent to Pat Scanlon, Scanlon Aviation, 451 Airport Road, Novato, CA. 94945
  • GFCA will make every effort to announce the scholarship recipients at the WOM 2013 airshow at Gnoss Field in Novato. Applicant does not need to be present in order to win the scholarship.
  • The scholarship recipients, by accepting the scholarship, agree that GFCA may publish their names and photo for use in web site, news announcements or publicity activities.

Essay should explain:

  • Name, email, address, phone contact, age, year in school
  • How your interest in aviation developed
  • What activities and actions have been pursued to date in aviation
  • What area of aviation you are interested in and why:
    • Private or commercial pilot (fixed wing or helicopter)
    • Flight instructor
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Air Transport Pilot
    • Airframe and Powerplant license (airplane mechanic)
    • Military career
    • Other
  • How you plan to achieve your goals with and beyond the scholarship funding

Updates by Recipients:
Both winners will agree to submit a 1 page update every two years for the next 4 years (2 updates) to GFCA reviewing the progress toward your goal. GFCA may request an “in person” update with GFCA membership at some mutually agreed upon time.

Submission of Application:
Please submit the essay as a PDF file via email to BOTH Pat Scanlon and Steve Knecht

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