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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:786] Team scholarships


Thread: [IAC-L:786] Team scholarships

Message: [IAC-L:786] Team scholarships

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From: Cecilia Aragon <aragon at>

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 03:42:41 UTC


 > What a great idea. There are a lot of really talented pilots out there 
> who can't afford to put in the hours it takes to become world class 
> competitors. We need ways to increase the pool of pilots from which the 
> team is chosen and a scholarship would help those who have potential to 
> develop their skills. I'd gladly donate to the cause. My only question 
> is, what criteria should be used to select who gets the scholarship? 
> Lois Rose

Lois, thanks for your comments... yes, there are a number
of difficult problems to be solved before such a scholarship could be
established, and you've hit one of them exactly!  It takes both dedication
and talent to win, and how do you measure such criteria objectively?

One way would be to require a certain number of contest wins or places,
to get recommendations from instructors, etc.  Another idea is to have a
set of graduated scholarships.  A promising beginning student might win
a few free lessons and some free hours in a Pitts S1S the school had
available for rent.  Depending on how well they did with that, they
could move on to competition for more substantial scholarships.

Doc Rihn recommends $100,000 per student per year.  Yes, you certainly
could train someone VERY well for that amount of money!  However, that
much is not necessary.  You could offer scholarships of $5,000 or
$10,000 and dramatically improve the current situation.  Perhaps after
a modest program became successful you could attract major donors.

It would also be important that whatever group set up the fundraising
and the scholarships produce a clear document on the selection process.

Anyway, all ideas and suggestions are welcome!  I've been thinking about
this for a long time, ever since I had my first really good student who
couldn't continue after a promising beginning because of money issues.

Cecilia Aragon
aragon at


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