The A/101 Aviation Association Inc. Memorial College Scholarship Fund is one that provides an annual scholarship to a son, daughter, grandson, and granddaughter (to include adopted and step-children) of current and former members of the A/101 Aviation Association. Though specific criteria is established for the awarding of this annual scholarship to include documentation supporting the need for financial assistance, special consideration will be afforded those students applying whose parents, grandparents, or guardians lost their lives while performing the mission of A/101 Aviation, its antecedents, or future unit designations.
Application packet and supporting documents must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2017 to be eligible
Scholarship application and checklist are in adobe pdf file format. Adobe readers are free to download. Applications can be partially completed within adobe, however you must print the application to finish completing the required remaining portions of the form. Applications are not accepted online.
A/101 Aviation Association, Inc Memorial Scholarship Committee
Chairmen Thomas Halligan. Committee members Bradley Burkholder, Ed Schmelzer, Paul "Coyote" Wiley, E.G. Jerry Turner, Curtis Bodin, Jr. and Kenny Tromp
These By-Laws were approved and enacted by vote of the general membership of A/101 Aviation Association, Inc at the 2007 Annual meeting (updated Nov 24 2015).
As per our By-Laws all scholarship funds are held in a separate restricted access savings account. A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship Fund account balance on 03/22/2017 =$29,194.19
Please send a tax deductible* scholarship donation to help our Veterans Children
A/101 Aviation Association, Inc
PO Box 67
Ephrata, WA 98823-0067
Please make your checks payable “A/101 Aviation Association”
In the memo portion of checks print “Memorial Scholarship Fund”
* The A/101 Aviation Association, Inc holds the status of an IRC 501(c)(19) Tax Exempt War Veterans Organization effective 12/7/04. All contributions made after 12/7/04 are Tax Deductible in accordance with Publication 526 and other IRC regulations. Taxpayer ID# 38-3707681
Scholarship Award Winners
|Ryan Dayne Ferrell has been chosen as the 2016 A/101 Aviation
Memorial Scholarship award winner. Ryan is the son of CW5 Ralph
Ferrell who is retired US Army. CW5 Ferrell served combat tours in
Iraq (2), Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and several years at Fort
Campbell with the Comancheros, A/4/101 Avn Regt. Ryan is registered
to attend James Madison University in the fall 2016 semester.
|No scholarship awards were applied for and therefore none awarded in 2015.|
|Connor Frederick Thompson has been chosen
as the 2014 A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship award. Connor
Frederick Thompson is a son of Fred Thompson who served 1970-71, as
a Sgt with A 101 AHB in RVN. This will be a $4000.00 scholarship,
payable in four (4) $1000.00 annual installments, as the eligibility
requirements are met. Connor Frederick Thompson is registered to
attend Montana State University in the fall 2014 semester.
Sonnie Dawn Gainer has been chosen as the 2013 A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship award winner. Ms Gainer is the granddaughter of Lawrence Payne who served as a CE with the Comanchero in RVN. This will be a $2000.00 scholarship, payable in four (4) $500.00 annual installments, so long as the eligibility requirements are met. Ms Gainer is registered to attend the Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, OK in the fall 2013 semester. She will major in Pre-Dental.
Daniel Robert Ramirez has been chosen as the 2012 A/101 Aviation
Memorial Scholarship award winner. Mr. Ramirez is the grandson of
Jerry and Nancy Wofford, Jerry served with A/101 Avn Winged Warriors
in RVN. We are proud to be able to help him further his education
with the help of our scholarship fund. This will be
a $2000.00 scholarship, payable in four (4) $500.00 annual
installments, so long as the eligibility requirements are met. Mr.
Ramirez is registered to attend the Grand Canyon University,
Phoenix, AZ this fall and will major in Secondary Education
|Megan Van Almsick has been chosen as
the 2011 A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship award winner. Miss Van
Almsick is the daughter of William Van Almsick who served as a
Comanchero Pilot in Desert Storm.
She has plans to attend Ohio
State University and major in Physics. This will be
a $2000.00 scholarship, payable in four (4) $500.00 annual
installments, so long as the eligibility requirements are met.
Ronnie Lee Gainer has been chosen as the 2010 A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship award winner. Ms Gainer is the granddaughter of Lawrence Payne who served as a CE with the Comanchero in RVN. Ms Gainer graduated from high school with honors, she was the Salutatorian of her graduating class. This will be a $2000.00 scholarship, payable in four (4) $500.00 annual installments, so long as the eligibility requirements are met. Ms Gainer is registered to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall 2010 semester.
Lawrence Payne presenting the A/101 Aviation Scholarship to his granddaughter Ronnie Lee Gainer
2009 A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship award winner is Emily Morris, daughter of Robert and Nancy Morris. Emily will be pursuing a Communications degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. The two thousand dollar scholarship will be apportioned over 4-years.
On behalf of our association Ray Ferrante, Comanchero 12, 1970, presented a scholarship certificate to our 2009 A/101 Avn scholarship winner Emily Morris
Nancy, Emily and Bob Morris
It is the association’s intent to amass a sizable amount in the fund so that future scholarships can be awarded from the interest earned without touching the principal. This practice will ensure the scholarship fund remains in a perpetual state of being. It is also the intent of the association to increase the number of scholarships awarded annually as well as the dollar amount of each individual scholarship. The scholarship(s) will be apportioned over a 4-year period; therefore, and as an example, a $2000.00 scholarship award would be apportioned at the rate of $500.00 annually.
A/101 Aviation Memorial College Scholarship Fund Donors
Platinum Wings Donor ($10,000.00 - more)
Moose Lodge #1469
Gold Wings Donors ($1000.00 - $9999.00)
◊ MAJ (Ret) James E. Tate, Jr. ◊ Tom and Linda Halligan ◊ Paul and Valerie Cauley ◊ Richard and Victoria Bittle
◊ Anonymous Donor (name withheld by request) ◊ LTC (Ret) Robert Clewell ◊Peter N & Maryann Federovich ◊ Arthur and Jane Amato ◊ Karen, Ron and Mary Crotty ◊ Chuck Slezak ◊ Harold J and Jeannette Smith ◊ Lawrence Payne - Cindy and Shane McWhorter ◊ John D. Kennedy - Tony R. Lowe
Silver Wings Donors ($303.00 - $999.00)
◊ Ronald & Mitzy Carl ◊ Ed and Kathy Schmelzer ◊ Jerry and Nancy Wofford ◊John and Anita Gianvittorio - ◊ Michael Gouch ◊ Kenneth and Sharon Tromp ◊ Ritchie E. (Poker Chip) & C.C. Rider ◊ Gerald and Andrea Crews ◊ CW4 Michael and Jacqueline White ◊ CPT John Wilson ◊ Paul W. "Coyote" and Karen Wiley ◊ Curtis Bodin JR - Carlee Bittle
Bronze Wings Donors
Stephen and Dixie Cipot - Stanley and Carol Rosinski - John Collier - Richard Anderson III - E. G. "Jerry" and Lucile Turner - LTC Tony and Judy Fish - LTC Ronnie and Carla Miller - CW4 (RET) Michael and Bernadette Alford - Charlie Phil and Barbara Seawright - Ron Burchfield - Vincent Vicari - LTC John Harris - Jerry Wofford gift donation 6/16/08 - Jim Thompson - Sid Levin - LTC Robert S. LaMonte (Ret) - Lawrence Payne in Memory of Andy Hyman - Richard L Griffin - Glenn R. Wilkinson - Kenneth & Joanne Roach
In addition to the above named generous Wings Donors we wish to thank the dozens of anonymous cash donors who have generously donated to help educate the children and grandchildren of our veterans.
◊ A/101 Avn Association members who are "Founding Sponsors" to the scholarship fund ◊
The association has set a contribution annual goal of $101.00 per association member per year. Association members setting aside just $8.45 per month would amass $101.40 in a 12-month period. Association Members who pledge a $101.00 annual donation will be called " ◊ Founding Sponsors" of the scholarship fund. All association members are asked to mail their annual donations to the association no later than April of each year. The A/101 Avn Association, Inc is a tax-free** IRC 501 (c) (19) organization.
If you wish to pledge to become a ◊ Founding Sponsor please notify Richard Bittle.
SCHOLARSHIP FUND RAISING EVENTS WERE HELD MAY 10 2008 IN NORTHERN KY.
THE MOOSE LODGE #1469 DONATED $16,002.39 TO THE A/101 SCHOLARSHIP FUND REPRESENTING THE FUNDS RAISED FROM THIS BENEFIT!!
Update 6/26/08 Moose Lodge #1469 donated an additional $130.00
Update 6/25/2009 Moose Lodge #1469 donated an additional $2000.00
A Huge Thank You to the NKY people for their generosity and support for our kids. Thank You the Moose Riders Club #1469 for organizing these events and for their hard work to make sure they were enormously successful. NKY is a great community with great Americans!
THANK YOU ALL
Anheuser-Busch was our first corporate sponsor in 2005. The generous Bud Store donations from Anheuser-Busch that were auctioned in 2007 raised the donations to initially fund our A/101 Avn Scholarship fund. We are honored by their continued support in 2006-2007-2008.
Attention all A/101 Aviation members!! We need your stories!!
An A/101 Aviation Legacy book is being produced with "all" of the proceeds helping fund the A/101 Aviation Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are soliciting war stories from ALL members and ALL eras/call signs of the Unit. If you wish to contribute to this request, please include your full name, rank and dates of service in RVN/Iraq/Afghanistan. We are putting together a book of our unit's combat history, which will be formatted in chapters, each dedicated to the era in which you served and in the participants own words, hopefully we will have it done by the next Week of The Eagles gathering.
This is your opportunity to tell your story of combat in your own words, thanks guys. Jerry Turner
The A/101 Aviation Association welcomes any and all individuals and organizations to raise funds for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the association to award scholarships to deserving students who meet the qualifications for application.
In order for the association to remain informed about fund raising events and to further officially sanction and support these wonderful events, the association Board of Trustees (BOT) desires that individuals responsible for such events contact the BOT, in care of, Mr. Richard A. Bittle, President, A/101 Aviation Association, Memorial College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 67, Ephrata, WA 98823-0067 with pertinent details regarding the proposed event. It is the association’s intent to support all fund raising events by organizations that comply with and support the aims and purposes of the A/101 Aviation Association and the association’s Memorial College Scholarship Program.
In compliance with the Association’s IRC 501 (c) (19) status, fund raising events by individuals or organizations in the name of the A/101 Aviation Association Memorial College Scholarship Program that have not been fully coordinated with the A/101 Aviation Association can not be officially approved nor sanctioned by the association.
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