The Kurt Mason Aviation Education Scholarship was started to aid students of aviation-related fields and activities in the pursuit of their dreams by provided financial assistance for education in any aviation-related classes, such as pilot training, maintenance training, or aerospace studies. Each scholarship award is currently $1,000 per recipient per year (no limit on the number of submissions).

Applicants submit their packages, where specific information (such as name, age, gender, address) are redacted before being sent to the scholarship committee members for review. The packages are scored for financial need, extracurricular activities, community service, future commitment to aviation, scholastic record, and a small factor if the applicant is a WPA member. After reviewing the individual committee member scores, the overall scores are compiled, and the committee determines the number of high-ranking applicants to move on to the interview stage. From there, interviews are conducted and scored, and the committee makes a recommendation to the chapter board as to the number of scholarships to be awarded. The chapter board then approves the final number of awards for the year.

2019 Recipients

Kiah Warren

Kiah is a passionate and determined individual in her aviation pursuits, which earned her the 2018 Kurt Mason Aviation Education Scholarship. Kiah joined the Red-Tailed Hawks Youth Program approximately 3 years ago and was fired up about wanting to fly and eager to learn. Since last year, Kiah has gone on to earn an associates degree while she was still a full-time high school student, earned her private pilot certificate, and is currently attending the University of Hawaii to earn a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.

During her time there, she will be working on advanced flight ratings, and mentoring less fortune children to achieve their goals, just as she has.

Ben Shissler

Ben is a 2017 and 2018 scholarship award recipient and is currently attending Central Washington University’s flight program, where he has earned his private pilot certification, and he plans to further his flying career by achieving the certifications of instrument, commercial, and flight officer. After achieving the instrument certification for airplanes, Ben plans to apply to participate in a partnership between CWU and Horizon Air, where he will become a flight instructor for CWU until he earns a restricted Airline Transport Pilot rating.

Rachel Klebe

After her first flight in commercial airplane at a young age, Rachel developed a desire to become involved in aviation, which inspired he to seek out aviation camps and events. A camp in Arlington allowed her to get her first ride in a Cessna 172, which further fueled her passion for wanting to learn to fly.

Rachel’s would like to ultimately channel her talents to support organizations that help villages and towns with supplies, air travel to hospitals, and other appropriate missions. As such, she determined that aside from pilot certification, an Airframe and Powerplant certification would also be a valuable addition to support her goals. Having since earned her A & P certificate, and subsequently an Inspection Authorization certificate, Rachel has been putting those skills to use as the Lead Mechanic at Galvin Flying.

Now, Rachel is endeavoring to earn her pilot ratings to enhance her abilities to further her passions.

Supporting the Scholarship

You can support the Kurt Mason Aviation Education Scholarship fund by donating to the Washington Pilots Association’s Youth Aviation Scholarship fund (through membership renewal or employee giving programs), or by donating or buying items at our chapter’s annual auction at the Christmas party.

Special thanks go out to Greg and Lori Bell for their participation as committee members this year.

Best regards,
Kevin T. Kelly & the Scholarship Committee
(Stay tuned for a new webpage for next year!!!)