Minnesota Pilots Association Scholarships

The Minnesota Pilots Association currently offers three different scholarships for aspiring aviators and maintenance technicians.


Captain Edward L. Erickson Aviation Scholarship
Captain Edward Erickson was the consummate professional pilot. His love of aviation and his professionalism set an example for those who followed in his footsteps. His intense interest in aviation ranged from soloing in a J-3 Cub on his 16th birthday to retiring from a B-757 after a 34-year career as Captain for North Central, Republic and Northwest Airlines (flying over 30,000 hours). Beyond his career in the airlines he flew virtually any piston-driven aircraft, including many warbirds. He was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2013 and became the very first candidate of the Minnesota Pilots Association to be inducted into the MN Aviation Hall of Fame, in 2016.

For more details about the Ed Erickson Scholarship and how to apply, click here.
(Note: If you are applying for one of the flying scholarships, you only need send in one application)


Janette Strathy Aviation Scholarship

Jan Strathy married into an aviation family and embraced the joy of flying. She said she got her instrument rating so she could “intelligently critique” her husband but she was simply making herself a better and safer pilot. Jan’s wonderfully positive approach to all things endeared her to all who knew her. Just a few days before she passed away in 2018, she was able to look out the window and see her son, in the left seat of a 737-800, fly by. She was so proud of him. She was, and remains, an inspiration to many. The Janette Strathy Scholarship recognizes Jan’s contribution to the Minnesota flying community and supports the education of someone who embodies her spirit.

For more details about the Janette Strathy Scholarship and how to apply, click here.
(Note: If you are applying for one of the flying scholarships, you only need send in one application)

Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Maintenance/Avionics Technician Scholarship
The Minnesota Pilots Association recognizes the the critical need for aviation and avionics technicians as a foundation for aviation safety. This scholarship is granted in the sum of $2000 to an exceptional individual who has demonstrated knowledge and skills which will contribute to exemplary and successful completion of training in aviation maintenance technology or aviation avionics technology. Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized aviation maintenance technology or aviation avionics technology program.

For more details about the MNPA Maintenance Scholarship and how to apply, click here.

There are other aviation scholarships available to Minnesota residents. Click here to see more!