Following is an article written by Larry Jenkins, our SWP Education Foundation Director. It also appears on pages 67-68 of the September-October 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News.
SWP Education Foundation Activities
By Larry Jenkins
Educational Foundation director
This is the edition of the SWPC News where the winners of the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation are announced. All applications are thoroughly reviewed and submitted to the SWPC Board. Each applicant has to write a brief reason as to why he or she should receive a scholarship, and those who are re-applying do the same, including their academic accomplish- ments from the previous school year.
The SWP Education Foundation Scholarship Program now solely exists because of your donations. I am happy to report that through your financial support, over the past year, and profit from the SWPC Store, we had enough donations and profit to reach our goal for this year’s scholarship awards. Because of the current economy, we must all continue to do our part to support the Education Foundation, as we did this past year, to have enough scholarship money available for the 2014/2015 school year. I was pleased, this past year, when the Board moved the long term Education Foundation money into a better investment company, giving us a greater monetary return on our investment money. Hopefully, someday we can use this investment money’s interest to once again support our scholarship program.
Many of this year’s convention attendees donated their raffle winnings to the Education Foundation. My warmest thank you to everyone who made these winnings available. These donations will help us get a good start on our budget for the next school year.
Because of the number of donations, I am unable to personally thank everyone for their donations. I remain humbled by your benevolent passion for the SWP Education Foundation. So, here is the best I can do, thanks to everyone who has donated to help our young people get assistance in acquiring their education for a career in aviation.
Congratulations to our scholarship winners. The Board voted to award each recipient a $2,000 scholarship:
Senior Michael Davis attending The University of Tennessee, sponsored by Wally Soplata
Junior Tim Cuff attending Central Washington University, sponsored by Dave Luse.
Junior Cody Marks attending Lewis University, sponsored by Adolph Svec.
Sophomore Tyler Densford attending Delta State University, sponsored by Larry Jenkins.
Freshman Jeff Hopson attending Georgian College, sponsored by Peter Lubig.
Past Education Foundation Scholarship recipients have gone on to be professional pilots, air traffic controllers, aircraft mechanics and to work in other aviation related fields. Scholarships are funded with your generous donations to the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation. Consider making a donation today. Just click HERE for information on Making a Difference orHERE to make an online donation now.