"Application forms are sent to Illinois schools as well as agencies and individuals who
request them, receive the completed application forms and grade them on several
criteria such as GPA, completeness of application, goal, etc. The top two
to five applicants are then reviewed by IPA board members for a final consensus on
the recipient. Some years when there has been enough money and more than
one exceptional candidate, two scholarships have been given in one year.
Notification letters are sent to all of the applicants (that is the hard part because
often there are several really good applications), the recipient is invited to the
IPA meetings and given a complimentary membership in the IPA for one year."
Click on these documents for a complete set of application materials.
IPA Memorial Scholarship 2017 Basic Information Sheet (Adobe Acrobat Reader pdf format)
IPA Memorial Scholarship 2017 Full Set of Application Forms pdf format(download, print, hand-write, and mail; includes three copies of the Recommendation Form below)
IPA Memorial Scholarship 2017 Recommendation Form, single copy only
pdf format (download, print, mail or deliver a copy to each of the three people who agree to recommend you, and print and mail their signed copies to the IPA Scholarship Chairperson; three copies are needed per application, and three copies are included in the Full Set above)
It is customary and courteous for the applicant to provide postage and envelopes for recommendation forms, or at least offer to do so.
If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free.
IPA Memorial Scholarship 2017 Recipient
Ryan Jarrett Linton
Ryan Jarret Linton of DeSoto, Illinois was selected as the recipient
of the 2017 Illinois Pilots Association Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.
Ryan is a 21 year old Aviation Management/Flight major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois.
Ryan has been passionate with flight since a toddler. His parents tell stories of him stretching his neck to see a dot at the end of white line in the sky while strapped in his car seat. Ryan gained his first flight certificate at the age of eleven years old while attending a local 4-H aviation camp and has sought every opportunity since to fly. Ryan was able to attain his private pilot's license and associates degree while working full time hours as a chemist intern. This enabled him to enter the flight program at SIU as a junior and ready for commercial training. His is very focused on his goal of becoming a cargo pilot. He attributes his motivation to the unique chance to meet flight mentors down the difficult road of acquiring flight hours and training on his own. A path that allowed pilots to share their passion and unique experiences, "As I listen to their stories, their struggles, their experiences, both funny and horrific happenstances, I became a better pilot and have a small gist of what I may one day be able to offer." Giving up is not in his vocabulary. Every day he is able to fly, he sees the blessing of one day having a job he could never really call work.
Congratulations and best wishes to Ryan Jarret Linton from the Illinois Pilots Association.
IPA Memorial Scholarship Recipients
|2017 ||Ryan J. Linton ||DeSoto|
|2016 ||Triston Samuel Dillard ||Mt. Carmel|
|2015 ||Sean Christopher Kozak ||Batavia|
|2014 ||Alex Michael Kwiatkowski ||Wheaton|
|2013 ||Ryan Wesley Yochum ||Dixon|
|2012 ||Steven James Kowalski ||Darien|
|2011 ||David Klemmer ||Carpentersville|
|2010 ||Samantha Dannielle McCue ||Bartlett
|2009 ||David Klemmer ||Carpentersville|
|2008 ||Elizabeth Ann Tosaw ||Sugar Grove|
|2007 ||Elizabeth Ann Tosaw ||Sugar Grove|
|2006 ||Brendan Brannick ||Freeport|
|2005 ||(no award)|
|2004 ||(no award)|
|2003 ||Rebecca Ann Kizior* ||Naperville|
|2003 ||Heather Marie Monaghan* ||West Dundee|
|2002 ||Rebecca Ann Kizior ||Naperville|
|2001 ||Heather Marie Monaghan ||West Dundee|
|2000 ||Terrence Charles Widrlechner ||Westmont|
|1999 ||Paxton James Corwin* ||Champaign|
|1999 ||Arnold Thomas Banks* ||Springfield|
|1998 ||Timothy W. Braun ||Oak Lawn|
|1997 ||Michael David Anderson ||Cherry Valley|
|1996 ||Benjamin John Keen ||Aurora|
|1995 ||Shellie L. Russell ||Romeoville|
|1994 ||Bonnie Lynn Kelly (deceased 5/25/98) ||Morris|
|1993 ||Duane S. Giorgetti ||Rockport|
|1992 ||Deborah Marie Koch ||Bethalto|
|1991 ||Thomas Patrick Jackson ||Elk Grove Village|
|1990 ||Matthew DiMarco ||Oakbrook|
|1989 ||Ann Zrinsky ||Westchester|
|1988 ||Cindy K. Sims* ||North Henderson|
|1988 ||Chris Kirin* ||Chicago|
|1987 ||(unknown) ||?|
|1986 ||(unknown) ||?|
|1985 ||Bradley Dale Fester ||Alton|
|1984 ||Robert William Boreham ||?|
|1983 ||Scott Earl Oliver ||Springfield|
* denotes co-winners of the scholarship for years in which there were sufficient funds to award two scholarships.