The Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program is intended to assist and reward students who have demonstrated academic potential, leadership, and extracurricular involvement in aviation or a related field. Students in good academic standing who have completed at least two academic years of full-time college work, or 60 credit hours, and plan to continue their education at any college or university, are eligible for these scholarships. Applicants pursuing an academic degree directly associated with aviation, aeronautics, or aerospace will receive priority. The degree of association will be one of the selecting factors.
The Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that for 2013 we will be awarding up to five scholarships, valued from $1,000 to $5,000 to selected college students.
Eligibility and Requirements
The applicant must meet at least one of the following three requirements (see scholarship package for details):
A legal resident of Harris County, Texas or one of the contiguous counties surrounding Harris County. These counties are Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers.
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A member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.
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A member in good standing of the Commemorative Air Force. (see package for details)
The applicant must have completed at least two academic years of full-time college work or sixty semester hours of credit at the time of applying for this scholarship. Students entering or enrolled in graduate studies are also eligible.
The applicant must have a college grade point average of not less than 3.0 (a B average) on a 4.0 scale.
The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college or university, and be planning to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours (full time) each semester during the year of the awarded scholarship.
The applicant's academic course work shall be such as to provide entry into some career field that is associated with aviation or aerospace. Applicants pursuing an academic degree directly associated with aviation, aeronautics, or aerospace will receive priority; the degree of association will be one of the selecting factors.
Students who receive an award are eligible to reapply in succeeding years. It should be stressed that renewal is not automatic. To apply for a renewal, an individual must complete a new application.
Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
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Application postmark deadline is July 1, 2013
2012 Scholarship Winners
Wings Over Houston Airshow 2012 scholarship recipients:
2012 Scholarship Winners (l to r) - Hector Cruz, James Palmer, Brandii Ri'Ann Davis, and Scholarship Chair Steve Sehnert.
Not pictured: alphin Abraham, James Brigham, Joseph Rielly, and Rahel GebreEgziabher.
Alphin Abraham of Missouri City is a senior majoring in Aircraft Systems at LeTourneau University. His curriculum has focused on electrical systems, and after graduation he intends to work in aviation maintenance before pursuing additional studies in professional aviation.
James Brigham of Katy is junior at the University of Houston majoring in Political Science with minors in both National Security Studies and Air Force Sciences. He is currently in the Air Force ROTC program and intends to become a pilot in the US Air Force after graduation. He intends to pursue a career in politics after completing his military service.
Brandii Ri’Ann Davis of Humble is a junior at Baylor University, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics. Brandii was a volunteer at the Airshow for several years while in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program in high school. After graduation she intends to work in software development for NASA or another aviation or aerospace organization.
James Palmer of Sugar Land is a junior at Louisiana Tech, majoring in Professional aviation with a Minor in Aviation Management. He currently works in Louisiana Tech’s flight operations, and after graduation intends to work in professional aviation as a pilot.
Joseph Rielly of Cypress is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and has completed an internship with Sikorsky Aviation. Joe has been an airshow volunteer for several years, along with his father and brother, working as part of the fuel and oil team. After graduation he intends to work in aircraft design.
The Emyre Barrios Robinson Memorial Scholarship program was created in honor of Emyre Barrios Robinson who served on the Wings Over Houston Airshow Executive Committee for more than ten years. The scholarship is available exclusively to San Jacinto College students who are nominated by the faculty and have completed their first year of college.
Rahel GebreEgziabher of Pasadena is in the Pilot Tech Training program at SJC. She intends to enter the aviation profession as a pilot after graduation.
Hector Cruz of La Porte is in the Pilot Development Program at SJC. He intends to pursue a career as an airline pilot after graduation.
Download the Press Release from Wings Over Houston Airshow:
A barrier-free Special Show entertains several thousand physically challenged children and adults and annually precedes Airshow weekend. The invitation-only show features many of the same flying acts, military vehicles and aircraft (and none of the crowds) of the weekend show. Hundreds of volunteers donate their time to produce the Special Show.
More information, volunteer and registration forms can be found on our Special Show page.
WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIRSHOW PHOTO CONTEST
Congratulations to our 2012 Contest Winners!
Congratulations to the top three winners in our 2012 Wings Over Houston Airshow Photo Contest. Entrants submitted an original photograph taken at the 2011 Wings Over Houston Airshow. All entries were then voted on by the public to narrow the field to a set of finalists. A panel of judges composed of professional photographers and select Airshow staff then selected the top three winners. The winners are shown below.
"Mig's Low Altitude Pass"
by Duan Qu
Grand Prize: Sunrise Photo Tour and Photo Pit Combination Pass for the Airshow
"FiFi at Dawn"
by Dennis Underwood
Second Prize: Photo Pit Pass for one day of the Airshow
"Hornet Double Take"
by Chris La Berge
Third Prize: Sunrise Photo Tour Pass for one day of the Airshow
Additionally, four other finalists were each awarded an Honorable Mention prize:
"Shock Cone" by Eddie Miller
"Arctic Camo Coolness" by Max Rodrigo
"Through the Smoke" by Tim Timmis
"My boy's first glimpse <3" by Christy Kyzar
LLOYD P. NOLEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN AVIATION AWARD
Each year, the Wings Over Houston Airshow presents the Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award to an individual, organization, company or corporation dedicated to the promotion or advancement of aviation. The honoree is announced at the Airshow Media Day preceding the Airshow.
Previous Lloyd P. Nolan honorees include Deborah Rihn-Harvey, Gordon Bethune, Gene Kranz, Maybelle Fletcher, Ralph Royce, Herb Kelleher, Charles Hutchins, Tuskegee Airmen, Joe Foss, Captain John W. Young, Brigadier General David “Tex” Hill, Marvin “Lefty” Gardner, Vic Agather, Bob Hoover, Anthony LeVier, Burt Rutan, Major General Joe Engle, Mayor General William Anders, Paul Poberezny, the 147th Fighter Wing/111th Fighter Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard, General Reg Urschler, Gene Soucy and Tora! Tora! Tora!.
Kermit Weeks Selected as 2012 Recipient of Nolen Award
Kermit Weeks - the recipient of the 2012 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award
Wings Over Houston Airshow is pleased to recognize Kermit Weeks as the recipient of the 2012 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award, which honors individuals, organizations, companies and corporations dedicated to the promotion or advancement of aviation. A former aerobatics champion and aircraft designer, Weeks is the owner and operator of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla. This popular flight attraction provides an authentic aviation experience, from absorbing the sights and sounds of a World War I aerial dogfight to seeing up close more than 60 restored vintage airplanes.
In 1995, Weeks opened Fantasy of Flight, a non-profit organization, three years after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami and destroyed most of the organization’s facilities and airplanes. Today, Weeks’ visionary Fantasy of Flight showcases about 150 civilian and military planes including the Martin B-26 Marauder, the Curtis TP-40N and the North American P-51C Mustang. It is also the only attraction in the world that offers daily aerial demonstrations featuring rare, vintage aircraft and provides daily tours of restoration shops where craftsmen work to restore and rebuild aircraft to flyable condition.
“Wings Over Houston is thrilled to recognize Kermit Weeks and his remarkable imprint on the aviation industry that includes his creation of Fantasy of Flight and numerous other contributions over his career," said Bill Roach, executive director of Wings Over Houston Airshow. "At Fantasy of Flight, Kermit’s vision merges the wonders of flight with aviation history, real-life aircraft displays and real flight experiences."
Weeks’ long history in the aviation industry includes numerous career achievements, awards and recognitions. In 2010, he was awarded the Freedom of Flight Award by Bob Hoover. In 2008, Weeks was inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame and, in 2006, was named a “Living Legend of Aviation.” In addition, Weeks is an award-winning author of All of Life is a School, a children’s book featuring airplane characters and a message of achievement and resilience. He also authored The Spirit of Lindy, a story based on the famous flight Charles Lindbergh made from New York to Paris to win the Orteig Prize in 1927.
Weeks began to design and build his first airplane at the age of 17, which he flew four years later. In 1973, at age 20, he took to the skies in aerobatic flying competitions while pursuing aeronautical engineering studies at Miami-Dade Junior College, then the University of Florida and Purdue University. By 1977, Weeks had designed and built the “Weeks Special” aerobatic aircraft and qualified for the United States Aerobatics Team. A year later, he was runner-up among 61 competitors worldwide, earning three silver medals and one bronze in the World Aerobatics Championships in Czechoslovakia.
During the span of a dozen years, he placed as one of top three aerobatic pilots in the world five times and won 20 medals in World Aerobatics Championships competition. He twice has won the United States National Aerobatics Championship and has won several Invitational Masters Championships in different worldwide competitions.
In the late 1970s, Weeks channeled his passion for aviation into acquiring, restoring and preserving antique aircraft. By 1985, he had a collection worthy of a stand-alone museum – the Weeks Air Museum in Miami. Ten years later, in 1995, he opened Fantasy of Flight.
Download the 2012 Press Release from Wings Over Houston Airshow:
Wings Over Houston Airshow, is a production of the Commemorative Air Force, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is one of the largest civic events in Metropolitan Houston. Among it's major purposes and beneficiaries are:
To promote an event for the entire family, promote the city of Houston, to gain national recognition for the City and the Airshow.
To promote patriotism, awareness of former and current military assets protecting our nation and the world.
To perpetuate the spirit in which such combat aircraft were flown in the defense of our nation, in the memory and hearts of all Americans.
To honor men & women who served and currently are serving in the military and those based here in Houston.
To honor and perpetuate the memory of those men and women whose personal sacrifices during the six years between 1939-1945 resulted in the preservation of FREEDOM for Americans and the liberation of those suffering from repression and hatred.
To “KEEP `EM FLYING” by providing funds to acquire, restore, and maintain WWII, and other historical aircraft for the benefit of educating the public and helping to preserve the history of these unique aircraft that protected our great nation.
To establish educational scholarships in the engineering and aviation fields for local area students.
To produce a “SPECIAL SHOW” on Friday exclusively for the physically challenged.
To support Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE) summer camp for high school juniors and seniors interested in aviation careers.
To benefit “AT RISK” students as WOH volunteers.
To benefit many non profit and charitable organizations.
One of Houston's largest non-profit civic events, the Wings Over Houston Airshow proceeds are used to sponsor the Wings Over Houston Scholarship Program for college students studying for careers in aviation, Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy for high school juniors and seniors interested in aviation, Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club, and many other area non-profit groups.
Our Airshow is organized as an educational event that provides community entertainment, celebrations of patriotism, military recruiting opportunities and aviation awareness.
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