Education Foundation Donation Honors Daughter's Solo Flight

Here’s some news from Larry Jenkins, our SWP Education Foundation Director about a wonderful donation to the Education Foundation.

Larry writes, “Isaac Faibisoff made a nice donation to the Education Foundation honoring his daughter Ruti for her first solo in a glider on 27 October 2013.  What a novel idea.  We do still have young people who love aviation, and with a parent’s strong support, I feel sure we will hear of even greater accomplishments by Ruti in the future.  Our warmest congratulations to Ruti, and now that you have made this aviation accomplishment, we wish you even higher altitudes, in aviation, with blue skies!”

Here's a picture of Ruti beside the 2-33A she just soloed in, right after her landing.
Here’s a picture of Ruti beside the 2-33A she just soloed in, right after her landing.

If you want to make a donation in honor of someone, visit our Donate to the Education Foundation page at our Store.

If you make a donation to honor someone’s aviation accomplishment, we’d love to hear the details! Send details (pictures and even a short story would be great, too!) to our Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins. You can contact Larry though our Contact Us page.

Scholarship Students Awarded $2000 Each

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.

2013 Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Short Wings Over Saratoga – 2013 SWPC Convention

Five Short Wing Piper Education Foundation scholarships were awarded at this year’s Short Wings Over Saratoga Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY.  According to Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins, The SWPC Board voted to award each recipient a $ 2,000 scholarship for the upcoming school year.

Congratulations to each recipient!

Michael Davis is a Senior attending The University of Tennessee. He was sponsored by Wally Soplata.

Tim Cuff, sponsored by Dave Luse, is a Junior  attending Central Washington University.

Junior Cody Marks is attending Lewis University and was sponsored by Adolph Svec.

Tyler Densford is a Sophomore attending Delta State University. Tyler was sponsored by Larry Jenkins.

Freshman Jeff Hopson will be attending Georgian College. He was ponsored 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 or HERE to make an online donation now.



SWP Scholarship Applicants Take Note!

The 31st of May is an exciting time for me as the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation Director.  That is the date I must have all hard copies of scholarship applications in my hand to sort out and make recommendations to the Short Wing Piper Club Board of Directors. The only exception for the 31st deadline is your grade transcript.  I realize this is had to get so close to the end of the school year, but I need to know when it will be available. That is the only incomplete portion of the scholarship application I will accept.

One of the main requirements for a scholarship applicant is that they have a Short Wing Piper Club member or chapter sponsor.  The application requirements and applications are available through our web site or via email.  I use this email address exclusively for scholarship correspondence.  I check this email address once a day and I will do my best to answer any questions that same day.  I will do my best to help you with your application.

Our membership has been very benevolent this past year, financially supporting the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation, and we are excited to award scholarship monies to the most deserving young people who are seeking a career in aviation.  On behalf of our scholarship recipients, thanks to the Short Wing Piper Club membership who have supported the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation.

Who would have every thought when I was learning to fly that I would be the Education Foundation Director of this great type aircraft club?  I learned to fly in a Piper Colt, N 5974 Z at Ft. George G. Meade Field at Baltimore, Maryland in 1966.  That airplane is still in service, as far as I know, and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  Boy, am I every grateful to those forward thinking individuals who put together that military flying club, and allowed me the opportunity to get my pilot’s license!   If our scholarship students feel the way I do about the founders of this flying club, I am sure we will have the same effect on their lives too!

Larry Jenkins
Short Wing Piper Education Foundation

Are you interested in applying for the SWP Education Foundation Scholarship, have questions about donating to the fund or want to sponsor someone for the SWP Education Foundation Scholarship? Click HERE to go to our Education Foundation page for more information

iFLY GPS sales to benefit SWP Education Foundation

Did you notice a little ad on the right side of our website under Member Product Deal? This is not just an ordinary ad for an aviation product. Instead, this iFLY GPS ad is the result of a special arrangement our store manager and SWP Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins, worked out with Adventure Pilot company.

This is the deal, Adventure Pilot will sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50.00 for each iFLY 720 GPS until sold through our website. There’s no hidden costs to the customer or anything like that – $699.00 is the price Adventure Pilot charges anyone who visits their website –  they are simply willing to give our Club a bonus for sending business their way. It’s a win-win deal for Adventure Pilot, the Short Wing Piper Club and for the Education Foundation!

“This is the greatest avionics value I have ever purchased.” says Larry Jenkins of the iFLY GPS he uses in his award-winning Clipper. As for installation, Larry notes that adding an iFLY to his Clipper is considered to be a minor alteration to the airframe. He made an attachment point and wired in a power source from the avionics bus. There was no FAA Form 337 required, and an A & P can make the logbook entry noting the wiring and knob for mounting the portable GPS.

If you want to support the SWP Education Foundation by purchasing an iFLY 720 GPS, just follow these simple steps:

  • Jot down the special Media Code found on the bottom of the ad – SWPC50
  • Click on the ad found on the SWPC’s Website (and right here!) and you will be directed to Adventure Pilot’s web store


  • Add a iFLY GPS to your cart, click on “Add to Cart” and you will be directed to the Shopping Cart page
  • In the Media Code box, enter SWPC50
  • Click on Continue to Checkout where you continue to enter shipping/billing information and pay for your iFLY GPS
  • Adventure Pilot then sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50!

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About the Education Foundation

By Larry Jenkins, SWP Education Foundation Director

This year the Short Wing Piper Club is sponsoring five outstanding, high academic achieving, students through the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation. I would love for you to feel their passion and desire to become successful in the world of aviation. I enjoy seeing their excitement, and it makes me want to go back into the academic world myself. They are really putting forth their best effort, and I know their gratitude.

Our membership should be aware of a new scholarship awarding procedure that was approved at the last SWPC Convention in Ogden, Utah. All first time scholarship applicants are now required to submit to the Education Foundation Director their official college transcripts from their first semester’s work before the scholarship money is sent to their respective institutions. This requirement was copied from other scholarship granting organizations. The objective is to protect the granting institution from students who change their minds about their academic goals in their first semester thus protecting the awarding institution’s investment. Our applicants have all proved to be serious students and their checks were mailed to their respective institution in January 2013.

For the 2013/2014 school year we will be accepting your sponsored scholarship applicants in May. Upon your request, I will email you the scholarship application. All applicants must complete and have hard copy applications mailed to me no later than 31 May. It will be a little more competitive this year, as we expect four of our current students to apply for scholarship renewal. Email is my preferred way of communicating, with the exception of the application forms. Your questions and comments help me to do my job better.

The awarding of scholarships at our next convention has a lot of contingencies. If we have a larger than normal application pool, the Board will have to decide how much our resources will support. My desire, assuming all of our current scholarship recipients reapply, is to support those students at the same monetary level as we did in the 2012/2013 school year. Scholarship winning new applicants may be offered a different amount, which is contingent upon your donations. At this writing, donations are below normal. We have had some meaningful donations, but across the board, the Club has not supported the Education Foundation as in previous years. Our nation’s economy has changed, but our students are faced with the same monetary challenge, and college is expensive.

I felt the challenge I proposed at the Ogden Convention was a very fair way for our members to support the Education Foundation. I asked each member to donate $10 to the Education Foundation. The math for that amount donated would exceed the amount of scholarship money we awarded last year.  To date I feel let down that my proposal has not been supported. Even in this tight economy we can all afford $10! I also challenged our chapters to donate $100 each and some chapters have given as much as $200 to the Education Foundation! And some even better news, I received a $500 donation just before Christmas for which I am very grateful! All donations are so deeply appreciated!  I fall short of writing everyone thank you notes, but I trust you gave the money for a greater reason.

There are numerous ways to discreetly donate money to the Education Foundation. We have tried to make it easy to make your donations through our web site.  Another option is to mail your check to the SWPC treasurer, and she will deposit it in the Education Foundation account. I will do the same, if you elect to mail me a check.  Make checks payable to the SWP Education Foundation. Our mailing addresses are in the SWPC News.

On a personal note, I get weary appealing to everyone to donate to the SWP Education Foundation. I can say it is not a thankless job! Our students are very grateful for our help and support. I will try and remain optimistic in challenging us to make our passion happen.

Should you have any questions about the SWP Education Foundation, I check my email daily. I will email you scholarship application upon your request. I will do my best to respond to you in a timely fashion.


Click HERE for information on applying for the SWP Education Foundation Scholarship


To make a donation to the SWP Education Foundation right now, click HERE and you will be directed to our Store.

For more information on how you can Make a Difference, click HERE

Remember – purchases you make in the SWPC Store benefit the Education Foundation. Need a SPWC Logo hat for yourself or a gift? How about a Sky Catch or a Tips & Techniques manual or CD? You can purchase these items and more at the SWPC Store and benefit the Education Foundation in the process!

Five Education Foundation Scholarships Awarded at 2012 Convention

2012 Convention – Five Scholarships Awarded

Submitted by Eleanor Mills

Larry Jenkins, director of the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation, recommended five students — four first timers and one returning student — for scholarships for the coming year. The five students approved were:

* Danyelle Fuhrman, Webster, Minn., a student at the University of North Dakota who will be entering her senior year there, is on track to be an air traffic controller. Larry noted that she is an exceptional student with a grade point average of 3.772. Danyelle has already begun her career, serving an internship at the Minneapolis Airport Traffic Control Tower.

* Michael W. “Duke” Davis, Knoxville, Tenn., a junior at the University of Tennessee, is pursuing a degree in logistics with aviation applications. He has a current GPA of 3.21. Michael’s essay sums up what many in the club and perhaps all the scholarship winners feel as he says, “Regardless of where I end up in my aviation career, I am confident that I will wake up every morning looking forward to going to work. After all, flying for a living sure does beat working for a living. As I leave the ground for every flight, I will most definitely feel those fond feelings creep up on me as if they have been waiting years to do so. The same familiar feelings I have always gotten and the same ones I will always get: pointing my nose up, climbing and climbing into the yonder skies. Freedom.”

* Tyler Keith Densford, Olive Branch, Miss., who will be a freshman at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., will pursue a degree in flight operations with the goal of becoming an airline pilot. Tyler earned a high school GPA of 3.98. In his essay, Tyler says, “As a young boy, the moment that I stepped aboard a Southwest Airline Boeing 737 with a destination of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, I knew that flying was in my blood. In my school classrooms, I would constantly be scolded for drawing airplanes during the teacher’s lectures, and my young classmates would give me blank stares when reciting the phonetic alphabet.”

* Wesley Carter, Memphis, Tenn., will be a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., with the goal of becoming an air traffic controller. Wesley has already begun his study of that career, having served an internship in the Memphis Tower for the past two years. He was recommended for the scholarship by his tower chief and holds a high school GPA of 3.3265. Wesley has a true passion for his future career, saying in his essay, “Today I realize that I was led to the internship for a reason. Before getting to know air-traffic I overall had chosen to be a pilot, but once I had gotten experience I chose to be a controller. I decided to pursue this career because I simply fell in love with it. Although it may be stressful at times, I realized that having the job as an Air Traffic Controller is probably one of the most exciting jobs a person can have. In the end, I am glad I decided to go through the internship because I most likely would’ve missed my calling. For me, the career is simply my dream job and soon it will come true.”

* Timothy Stephen Cuff, Washougal, Wash., who will be a junior at Central Washington University at Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, Wash., wants to be a commercial airline pilot. He’s a young man on a fast track, having graduated from high school with a running start on his college program, earning both his high school diploma and an associate degree with a GPA of 3.455. Brian McGlynn, president of the Columbia River Chapter which sponsored Tim, explained that Tim completed his junior and senior year of high school at Clark College in Vancouver, earning his diploma and degree. In his essay, Tim says he wants to be a professional pilot flying cargo around the country or around the world. “This career has been the ideal dream of mine for the past several years, and I hold it in regard above all others for several reasons: my undying passion for aviation, the allure of flying around the country, and the added excitement of hauling many different types of cargo,” he said. “All in all, I want a career as a cargo pilot because it is exciting. I get to do what I love, flying, experience travelling to new places, and confront the many challenges unique to that of a cargo pilot.”

Tyler, Wesley, Timothy, and Michael were awarded $2,000 scholarships, with Danyelle receiving a $2,500 scholarship.

As Larry noted, these are exceptional students who will make the SWPC proud!
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