The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1044 is pleased to announce our 2017 Aviation Scholarship Recipients. Both recipients are local teenagers and receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare to the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Matthew Robinson is a 10th grader at Mogollon High School. He is an active member of the Robotics Team, responsible for fabricating some of the parts. His career goals include being a mechanic or airplane designer. Matthew will be attending the Advanced Air Academy. Several days of this camp take place during the world’s largest and most exciting aviation event – EAA AirVenture 2017. Over 550,000 attendees and 10,000 airplanes travel to Oshkosh for a week full of aviation experiences.
Porter Martineau is a 9th grader, also at Mogollon High School. He has always been interested in aviation and would like to serve his country through the Air Force. Porter will be attending the Basic Air Academy Camp.
The Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings. They join many other young people in the aviation program from around the United States and several foreign countries. Academy activities will include flight experience, workshops and classroom study. EAA’s Director of Museum & Museum Education, Bob Campbell, says, “The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship. More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves. The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience…and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime.”
Larry Driver, President of the Chapter said, “Last year’s recipients, Toby Tomlinson and Tristen Martineau, had the time of their lives at camp. Not only did they make lifelong friends in Oshkosh, but they fulfilled our Chapter’s mission to provide youth with an educational opportunity to learn about aviation and aviation history.”
He added, “We also need to thank the community and our members for all their support throughout the year. We raise money by selling hot dogs and baked goods during the 4th of July and Oktoberfest celebrations at Tall Timbers Park. Our members volunteer their time to make these events successful and the community always comes out in force with their purchases.”
Chapter Vice-President, Curt Randoll stated, “Both Toby and Tristen came back filled with excitement about aviation. Both are thinking about careers in aviation! In fact, several of our applicants this year applied because of Toby and Tristen. When your friends come back from an experience like this, it gets you excited and you want to go, too. We hope that this enthusiasm continues to spread each year – we have so many other plans which we can’t do without it.” He echoed Larry’s comments about the support we receive from the community and our own members and added that becoming a 501(c)(3) last year has also helped our fundraising efforts, as all donations are now tax-deductible. We’ve had many people give donations directly to our scholarship fund.”
Funding for our Aviation Education Scholarship is through various fundraising efforts. EAA Chapter 1044 has received tax exempt status as a non-profit charity under IRS section 501(c)(3). Under this IRS non-profit designation, donations to Chapter 1044 are now tax deductible. If you’d like to help fund our scholarship, your donation can be sent to EAA Chapter 1044, PO Box 1302, Overgaard, AZ 85933.
For more information on EAA Chapter 1044, please visit our website at eaachapter1044.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eaa1044EAA Chapter 1044 2017 Aviation
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EAA Chapter 1044 is based at Mogollon Airpark. In addition to our aviation education scholarship, which is part of our youth education program, the Chapter has a very active home-builder community with about a dozen aircraft in various stages of construction or refurbishment…everything from experimental Super Cubs to Bearhawks to RVs to Lancairs to Rans.