• Aviation Scholarship

    Posted on October 18th, 2013 John Dorcey No comments

    The future of aviation is alive and well. We see it every summer during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Exhibits of new aircraft designs, some consisting of new materials, others powered by new engines, all brighten our future. I spent every day of AirVenture 2013 volunteering with an exhibitor in the new Education and Interactive Zone. Located northwest of the control tower, the area was created to highlight aviation education programs and provided numerous interactive exhibits. The indoor College Park facility was constantly abuzz with activity. It was exciting to meet literally hundreds of students, teachers, and professors. Yes, the future of aviation, the future of aviation scholarship, is getting brighter everyday.

    The future of aviation scholarship is bright here, at WAHF, too. The WAHF scholarship program began in 2002 with a single $1000 annual award. Through the generosity of Jerome Thiessen, and friends and family of Jerome Ripp, two additional awards were added to the program. Late last year the program was revised and expanded to include Wisconsin students attending schools outside of Wisconsin. Today, Wisconsin residents who are continuing students in an aviation/aerospace program at any 2- or 4-year school in the country are eligible for these scholarships. Earlier this year, EAA Chapter 640 in Wausau, Wisconsin, provided funds to endow a fourth WAHF scholarship award. That scholarship will begin next year. The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin (CFoNCW), located in Wausau, administers WAHF’s scholarship program.

    This year, the WAHF scholarship program is presenting its 12th annual awards. To date the program has awarded $20,000 to 28 aviation students from Wisconsin. The 2013 recipients will be recognized at the organization’s annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, October 26 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

    Alex Adduci, 2013 Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship recipient

    Alex Adduci, 2013 Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship recipient

    Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship
    Alex Adduci has been selected as the 2013 Carl Guell Memorial scholarship recipient. Alex, from Eagle, Wisconsin, is an aeronautical engineering major at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

    Before attending college, Alex learned to fly, soloing at 16 and earning his private pilot certificate and instrument rating at 17. Alex added a commercial pilot certificate at 18, about the time he was finishing high school. Alex has participated in a number of extracurricular activities and community service projects. Currently he is serving an internship with Gulfstream in Savannah, Georgia.

    “I would not be the person I am today without the wonderful support of those vested in the history and adventure of general aviation in Wisconsin,” said Alex, upon receiving word of his selection. “This scholarship that the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame has so generously offered comes as a wonderful surprise, but also makes me so very glad that we have such a dedicated group of people supporting and keeping general aviation at its finest. Thank you WAHF,” Alex added. “You have my deepest gratitude.”

    Rich Conrad, 2013 Thiessen Field Scholarship recipient

    Rich Conrad, 2013 Thiessen Field Scholarship recipient

    Thiessen Field Scholarship
    Rich Conrad, of Kiel, Wisconsin, will receive the $500 Thiessen Field award. Rich has been a private pilot for 5 years. After being laid off from a yacht manufacturer 2 years ago, he decided to pursue a career as an aircraft maintenance technician. He is an Airframe and Powerplant/Aircraft Avionics student at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh.

    “I have recently completed my two-year Airframe and Powerplant training course at FVTC and earned my FAA mechanic certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings,” said Rich. “This scholarship is a great help and wonderful gift to continuing my education in the aviation field. I hope to continue on in aviation to help others realize how exciting and enjoyable this field is; the variety, age, and technology of aircraft is endless. Thank you for your support of aviation right here in Wisconsin!”

    Heather Behrent, 2013 Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship recipient

    Heather Behrent, 2013 Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship recipient

    Rich plans to continue his education, pursuing an associate degree in avionics. In addition to becoming a commercial pilot, Rich’s goal is to manage a repair facility and potentially become a flight instructor.

    Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship
    Heather Behrent, Appleton, is the recipient of the $500 Jerome Ripp Memorial scholarship. Heather is also an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics/Aircraft Avionics student at FVTC in Oshkosh. “I believe I will enjoy being in an environment where detail and quality are of utmost importance,” Heather explained when asked why she chose this field. “I express my sincere gratitude to all of the individuals involved in selecting me for this scholarship. Without foundations such as the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, I would not be able to fulfill my dream of finishing the Airframe and Powerplant program at Fox Valley Technical College. This scholarship has given me the wonderful opportunity of being able to be a successful leader in my field of study.”

    News regarding WAHF’s scholarship program will be made at the October 26 event. Establishing an award as part of the WAHF scholarship program is welcomed. You can begin the process by sending an email. Donations to the scholarship program are easily accomplished using your credit card at the CFoNCW’s secure website. One tenet of WAHF’s mission is the support of aviation education, and through our scholarship program, WAHF is “preserving the past and fostering the future of flight.”





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