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Paul A. Whelan Scholarship
June 30, 2022 - July 1, 2022
Opens: April 1, 2022
Closes: June 30, 2022
In the memory of an exemplary aviation educator, the Paul A. Whelan Scholarship was initiated by his family under the auspices of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The Paul A. Whelan Scholarship Fund supports men and women pursuing a future in aviation and/or space-related fields. The scholarship will provide opportunities to emerging aviation professionals to achieve their academic goals and contribute their talents to the aviation industry. Dr. Whelan exemplified leadership in aviation throughout his life. He served 25 years as an Air Force aviator and retired as a colonel after a career that included combat service in Korea and Vietnam for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. In addition to flying, he was a professor of history at the U. S. Air Force Academy, chair of the Air Force Institute of Technology history department and on staff at the Air War College. In his own academic career, Dr. Whelan earned his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College, his master’s from the University of Tennessee, and his doctorate in history from St. Louis University. Upon his Air Force retirement, Dr. Whelan’s commitment to give back to the academic community led him to positions as dean of Spring Hill College, president of Lewis University, Vice President of Parks College of St. Louis University, and dean of national transportation at Dowling College. During his academic tenure, he served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airway Science Curriculum Committee and as first chair of the Council on Aviation Accreditation. Dr. Whelan’s lifelong involvement in aviation education earned him recognition from his peers including the National Aeronautic Association Brewer Trophy, the Gold Circle Award and the UAA Wheatley Award. In addition, Dr. Whelan was extensively involved in his giving service to his community and to his church. To continue this legacy, Dr. Whelan’s wife Pat, 12 children and their spouses and 38 grandchildren commissioned this scholarship.
Requirements: 1. U. S. Citizen 2. Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate Student 3. Must be enrolled at a University Aviation Association member institution in an aviation or space-related major. Community College, college and university applicants encouraged. 4. 2.5 overall GPA and 3.0 GPA in Aviation Major coursework 5. Demonstrates a love of aviation. 6. Demonstrates leadership. 7. Demonstrates extracurricular involvement/community involvement
PREFERRED 1. FAA certification as a pilot or mechanic. 2. Former military service or current military service via active duty, the ROTC, the Air National Guard or Reserves while in school. 3. Membership in an aviation-related association or professional group such as the UAA.