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Experimental Aircraft Association offering aviation scholarship competition

For the eighth year, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1426, based at the Galax/Twin County Airport, is offering the Annual Emily Gile Aviation Scholarship Competition. 

According to a news release from the Association, one of the main purposes of the Twin County EAA Chapter 1426 is to foster the love of aviation in young people. The EAA does this by treating children (8-17) to flights at their Young Eagles rallies, and helping plan local air events.

They also speak in local schools during career days, and work with local airports to find ways to involve the community, particularly children.

Up to two scholarships will be awarded in memory of Emily Gile, a World War II Woman’s Air Service Pilot (WASP) and co-founder of EAA Chapter 1426. According to the release, she was a vocal and energetic proponent for aviation to be available to children.

As a result Gile’s efforts, a young boy or girl (between ages 14-18) can experience a weeklong aviation based camp during the summer.

The scholarship will be awarded to attend the age-appropriate EAA Air Academy session at the EAA International headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. More information about the Air Academy, its facilities and syllabus can be found at http://www.youngeagles.org/programs/airacademy.

Those who are interested in aviation and are between the ages of 14-18 are invited to submit an application to attend the EAA Air Academy.

Interested applicants can contact Scott S. Thomas, 558 Hangar Road, Hillsville, VA 24343, email at twheel47@yahoo.com, or call 276-728-2162 and ask for an EAA Scholarship Application Packet. Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2014.

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