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.

His biggest impact during his aviation career was all the people he taught how to fly over the years. He left his mark on aviation at all levels in general aviation. Countless pilots on the airline, in the warbird community, and in general aviation, have benefited from Ed’s wealth of knowledge and experience. His encouragement and assistance to pilots who were either building or flying their aircraft came with a quiet, unassuming demeanor. Ed loved aviation and wanted to share his enthusiasm with anyone who showed an interest in flying. Aviation was his true passion and he incorporated it in everything he did throughout his life.

Scholarship Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  1. Minnesota resident.
  2. Hold at least an FAA Private Pilot Certificate.
  3. Use the scholarship funds to add an advanced rating or certificate. (i.e. Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI)
  4. Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride for the desired additional rating at the time of application.
  5. Attach at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a flight instructor, pilot mentor, or teacher.

In 500 words or less, tell us why you deserve this scholarship and what you would do with the money.

Email your application letter and recommendation letter(s) to: Patrick Halligan [email protected]

Applications due by the end of the day April 1, 2022 (no extensions)