• Scholarship Program Grows Again; Applications Due Soon

    Posted on February 7th, 2014 John Dorcey No comments

    The WAHF Scholarship Program began in 2002 with a single $1,000 annual award. A second award, the Thiessen Field Scholarship was added in 2005 and, in 2007, the Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship increased the program’s awards to three. The Thiessen and Ripp Scholarships each provide an annual $500 award. During October 26, 2013 ceremonies, the organization presented its 26th, 27th and 28th scholarships. The program, during its short 12-year history, has provided $20,000 in awards to 28 students, representing four different schools. In addition to making those awards, WAHF announced that two additional scholarships would begin in 2014.

    2012 WAHF Scholarship Recipients

    2012 WAHF Scholarship Recipients

    The Jeff Baum Scholarship is a $250 award, established by the AvFuel Corporation, which recognizes Baum for his outstanding commitment, leadership and passion for everything aviation. The Baum Scholarship is directed toward those pursuing a career in aviation business management. The $500 Robert Payzer Memorial/EAA Chapter 640 Scholarship began when the Wausau area chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association elected to recognize former member Robert Payzer. Students in any aviation/aerospace discipline will be considered for the Payzer scholarship.

    2013 Scholarship Recipients Heather Behrent and Rich Conrad

    2013 Scholarship Recipients Heather Behrent and Rich Conrad

    The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame recently changed its scholarship program to include Wisconsin students enrolled in aviation/aerospace courses of study at colleges and universities located outside the state. The change applies to all of its scholarships, except the Thiessen Field Scholarship, which goes only to students in aviation programs at a Wisconsin technical college.

    The application deadline for all scholarships is March 3, 2014. Additional information and application materials can be found at www.CFONCW.org. Questions regarding Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame scholarship criteria or application process can be directed to Sue Nelson at the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin office, sue@cfoncw.org or 715-845-9555.

  • 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.”





  • Money Problem

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 John Dorcey No comments

    A longtime friend dies and leaves you a generous gift. Sounds like a problem many of us would like to have, or upon reflection, would we? That is exactly what happened to Wausau, Wisconsin’s EAA Chapter 640. Looking at the big picture, the chapter had several genuine concerns. Some members were afraid that the money would detract from the group’s primary focus. Others were concerned about the what and who questions. What projects would be chosen and who would spend the time and effort at oversight? It became apparent that the gift brought with it obligations and responsibilities the chapter felt might be better handled by others. They then looked for help and found it with two like-minded organizations.

    Chapter members looked for someone who had experience in awarding scholarships. Most members were aware of the Wausau-based Archie Towle Aviation Endowment Fund and some knew of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF) and its scholarship award program. Research and discussions among members continued until last month’s chapter meeting. After motions were made and some discussion, the votes were tallied and both organizations were recipients of a $10,000 gift. Donation checks were presented during a brief ceremony at the Wausau Downtown Airport (KAUW) yesterday afternoon.

    Bob Mohr, EAA Chapter 640 president, said in opening remarks, “We are proud to be helping young men and women through the establishment of a new scholarship fund with the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.” He shared how the chapter’s donation is a result of an estate gift left to the chapter by Bob Payzer, a Wausau native and friend of the chapter who passed away in 2010. Rose Dorcey, WAHF president, stated, “WAHF is pleased to have EAA Chapter 640 as a partner in furthering our scholarship program and appreciate their commitment to supporting aviation education.” Dorcey continued, “The Wausau area has a long history of aviation visionaries and we feel their spirit in the chapter’s donation.”

    The chapter’s donation, the largest single gift WAHF has received to date, will endow a new, named scholarship. The $500 award will be presented annually. Successful applicants for the new scholarship will be Wisconsin residents who are full-time aviation/aerospace students at US technical schools, colleges, or universities with strong academic performance, civic involvement, and extracurricular activities.

    Sid Cohen and Bob Mohr from EAA Chapter 640 join reps from Archie Towle Foundation, Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame and Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

    Sid Cohen (left) and Bob Mohr from EAA Chapter 640 join Rose Marie Towle, Bob Wylie, Wynne Williams, Rose Dorcey, Jean Tehan and John Dorcey

    Rose Towle and Bob Wylie represented the Towle Aviation Endowment Fund. Rose related that initial funding for their scholarship came from her step-son, Brad Towle, in memory of his father Larry Towle as a tribute to his grandfather, Archie. The fund has provided more than $36,000 to 16 Wausau-area recipients. Bob Wylie, a member of the fund’s advisory committee stated, “The gift to the Towle Fund will increase the scholarship by about $500 each year. The cost of flight training is high, and through this generous gift, students will find some relief of the financial burden of their education.”

    The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, based in Wausau, is the administrator for both the Archie Towle Aviation Fund and WAHF’s scholarship program. Executive Director of the foundation, Jean Tehan, served as ceremony emcee. Other foundation staff participating were Program Manager Sue Nelson and Operations Director Tammy Szekress.