Chapter 105 Awards Two Youth Flight Training Scholarships
January 24, 2012 – Through the George and Lillian Bogardus Memorial Trust, EAA Chapter 105 (Portland, Oregon) recently awarded flight training scholarships to two Hillsboro Aviation students – Kyle Boaz and Clayton Davis.
For the past two years, the Bogardus Board of Trustees has collaborated with EAA Chapter 105 to have a flight training scholarship program funded by donations from the Bogardus Memorial Trust. Last year, they funded four scholarships, and this year it was expanded to provide six scholarship recipients with $1,000 each.
George Bogardus, who passed away in 1997, left his estate in trust to EAA Chapter 105. One of his desires was that the chapter would support youth education in the world of aviation. Through these scholarships, EAA Chapter 105 has been able to continue George's legacy and enable local students to pursue their dreams of flying.
These scholarships have assisted both Boaz and Davis in financing their flight training and helping them achieve their dreams of becoming professional pilots. Both started their flight training at Hillsboro Aviation in the fall of 2011.
"So far I have loved my flight training; it is an awesome challenge," Boaz said. "There are a different set of obstacles that I must overcome on every flight. This challenge is the reason that I love flying. The scholarship allowed me to focus on my training. Without the scholarship I would not be where I am in my training."
"Flying has always been a passion of mine," Davis said. "Thanks to this scholarship, I am only one flight away from becoming a private pilot. I plan to continue my training to become a commercial pilot."
"Both Kyle and Clayton sought out our program and have been involving themselves in everything that the aviation community can offer them," said Michelle Smith, youth activities coordinator for EAA Chapter 105. "I could tell from the moment that I met each of them that they had a serious passion for flight. I look forward to hearing the news of their advancing aviation careers."
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