2023 Scholarship Recipients

The FAAMA Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Andy Taylor Excellence in Leadership Scholarship – Elijah Burleson of Aurora, IL. Elijah, the son of Thomas Burleson of Chapter 220 – Chicago, will be receiving $2,000 to support his education at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

Six $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the following individuals:

Shannon Petersen – Chapter 207 Minnesota Enroute

Colin Smith – Grandchild of Ron Smith Chapter 182 New England

Allison Scanio – Child of James Scanio Chapter 141 Washington DC

Madysen Gailey – Child of Trevor Gailey Chapter 315 Wasatch Front

Keira Kask – Child of Tina Kask Chapter 151 The Placke Chapter

Rae Hicok – Child of Daniel Hicok Chapter 265 Headquarters

The Foundation Board of Directors would like to congratulate the award winners and appreciates the hard work of everyone who applied. Thank you to the Scholarship Selection Panel for their diligent efforts. This year’s panel consisted of Betty Coker teacher from League City Texas, Karrie Krear PhD PWC Education and Career Development, and Julia Schwin Air Traffic Manager Cleveland ATCT. Look for more information about 2024 Scholarships in an upcoming issue of Managing the Skies magazine and at www.faamafoundation.org.

Since 2018 the FAAMA Foundation has awarded 37 scholarships with a total of $42,000 awarded through the years.  It is through your support of the Foundation we are able to support the education of the leaders of tomorrow. Please consider donating directly to the FAAMA Foundation through PayPal.

2023 Scholarship Information

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a member in good standing of the FAA Managers Association, the spouse, the child, or the grandchild of a member.

Application Period and Deadlines

The application filing period is May 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023.  To ensure acceptance, the completed package shall be emailed to s[email protected] and time-stamped by 11:59 pm June 30, 2023.

Application Package Instructions

2023 Application Form

Please ensure that the application package is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application package must include the following:

  • Application: The application form must be completed, with no blanks. If an item does not apply indicate so with “N/A.”
  • Self-Assessment Essay (should not exceed two pages): Please describe the following:
    1. Long- and short-range career goals and how you expect a FAAMA Foundation scholarship to contribute toward them.
    2. What leader has inspired you the most in your life and why?
    3. Professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement and leadership activities, volunteer work, membership in organizations, extracurricular activities, public speaking experiences, etc.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    1. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to you. These letters should discuss your personal and academic achievements.
    2. If you are currently enrolled in college, or another accredited program or flight school, one of these two letters must be from a teacher or academic official.
  • Official Transcript/Proof of Enrollment:
    1. Submit an official transcript if you are already in college, or proof of enrollment in a school you are about to enter.
    2. For new college students, proof of actual registration will be required prior to disbursement of funds.
    3. If accepted into an FAA-recognized air traffic training program with planned enrollment in the future, provide a letter of acceptance from the school. Submit a document from an instructor if enrolled in a flight school, etc.
  • Candidates must submit their most recent GPA from college, tech school, or high school.

General Information

Selection consideration will be based upon the completed package.  The selection panel will screen and select applicants.  Scholarship recipients will be announced in FAAMA’s magazine, Managing the Skies.  The scholarship winner’s name and photograph will be used for publication.  If selected, please submit a photograph immediately.

Responsibility of Recipients

Scholarship recipients shall provide a written report prior to the end of the year that the scholarship was awarded.  This report is intended to update FAAMA membership on the recipient’s progress, stating how the scholarship was used.  This report may be published in Managing the Skies magazine.

Background and Purpose

The FAAMA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is based on the beliefs of the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) to educate leadership values to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.  The FAAMA Foundation was organized to establish a fund to provide scholarships for members of FAAMA and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

The FAAMA Foundation Scholarship Program was established in 2018 to assist members and their families to complete their higher education and to recognize and reward academically superior performance.  FAAMA Foundation scholarships are available on a competitive basis to undergraduate, graduate, and technical students.