Aviation scholarships awarded | TheUnion.com

Aviation scholarships awarded

The Golden Empire Flying Association is proud to announce the 2004 Aviation Scholarship recipients. Vanessa Orlandi, who attends Bear River High School, was selected as the $5,000 scholarship recipient for flight training to obtain her private pilot’s license. Wade Carman, a Nevada Union High School student, was awarded the $2,000 scholarship for flight training through to his solo flight. The 2004 aviation scholarships were given in memory of Dick Marlow. Dick was an aviation enthusiast who built flyable model airplanes from scratch as a boy, obtained his private pilot’s license in 1976 and then completely restored a 1946 Globe Swift.

The scholarship money is raised by GEFA members through Airfest and other fund-raising events, such as the presentation Dick Rutan gave at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall on his round-the-world nonstop flight.

The goal of GEFA is to promote the growth, safety and enjoyment of general aviation, support our local Nevada County Airport, provide labor and materials to improve the facilities at the airport, increase public awareness of the airport and its importance to the economic well-being of the community, and provide scholarships to local youth. Pilots and nonpilots alike interested in joining GEFA may pick up applications at the Nevada County Airport office. GEFA meetings are held every third Thursday of each month.

High school juniors who are interested in aviation and learning to fly can apply for next year’s scholarships by obtaining applications through the high school scholarship coordinator this fall or by contacting Karyl Marlow, GEFA scholarship chairperson, at 274-7743.

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