Dallas TX, January 25, 2008 - The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) Education Fund (NGPA-EF) has designated $15,000 to be awarded in student scholarships during 2008. Scholarships of between $2,500 and $5,000 are available to students pursuing an aviation career as a professional pilot and are merit based upon criteria established by the NGPA-EF.
Factors considered in the award of scholarships include demonstrated academic ability, financial need and active participation in matters of social justice and betterment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Scholarship awards will not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation. The strength of the applicant's commitment to supporting and bettering the LGBT community is one of the criteria established in considering applicants; however, the scholarship will be awarded without regard to race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or other group categories protected by non-discrimination laws.
Students currently pursuing careers as professional pilots are encouraged to submit applications. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2008. Further details of scholarship eligibility, the scholarship application form and information on making a charitable donation to the NGPA Education Fund is available via the National Gay Pilots Association website: http://www.NGPA.org. Follow the "Scholarships" link on the left side of the home page.
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The NGPA Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit scholarship fund created by the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA). Since its inaugural award in 1998, the NGPA EF has awarded thirty scholarships totaling $78,000 to students pursuing careers as professional pilots.
The NGPA is a membership organization comprised of more than 825 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from across the United States and eight foreign countries. The NGPA was created as a forum to promote aviation safety, provide an affirming social and professional network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aviators, encourage members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers, and foster equal treatment of LGBT aviators. NGPA sponsors activities across the United States and Canada to provide a venue for social and professional interaction among LGBT aviators.
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