Pioneers of Flight Scholarship Goes To Purdue Student
The National Air Transportation
Foundation (NATF), the research and educational arm of the National
Air Transportation Association (NATA), announced the winners of the
Foundation's scholarship programs following NATA’s Annual
Convention and Aviation Industry Week trade show.
The Pioneers of Flight Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was
awarded to Shawn Gerber. Gerber, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a
junior in aviation technology at Purdue University.
Two flight-training scholarships were awarded totaling $5,000 for
continuing flight training. The John E. Godwin, Jr. Memorial
Scholarship Fund recipient for 2005 is Darren Schultz, who will use
the scholarship monies to further his educational goals at the
University of North Dakota. The Godwin scholarship was established
in memory of John E. Godwin, Jr., chairman of Atlantic Aero.
The second flight-training scholarship, the Dan L. Meisinger Sr.
Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship, went to Eric Pawloski, a
sophomore at Kent State University, who will use the funds for his
Certified Flight Instructor rating. The Meisinger scholarship was
established in memory of Dan L. Meisinger, Sr., whose career in
aviation spanned 63 years as the founder of Executive
"Each year, the NATF sees stronger
candidates for these awards," said NATA President James K. Coyne.
"We are very pleased to have such a well-qualified pool of young
applicants pursuing a career in general aviation, and we are very
appreciative of the generosity of the Godwin and Meisinger families
for making these scholarships available. General aviation offers
ample opportunities for these enthusiastic and ambitious young
students. The entire Foundation Board of Directors and the NATA
staff join me in congratulating these fine students for their
academic/flight excellence and look forward to working with them
The NATF scholarships were established in 1989 to offer financial
assistance and encouragement to young people in the pursuit of
academic excellence and to promote careers in the general aviation