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Scholarship Opportunities

Nine modest scholarships are currently available to students who are actively pursuing the professional piloting degree. Each application has the minimum requirements specifically stated. Most of these scholarships are awarded in the spring of the academic year. Successful and dedicated students are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions, contact JCC’s director of aviation, Rick Rupprecht, by email or call 716.338.1322.

The Aero Club of Buffalo, the oldest Aero Club in America, offers two $1,000 awards each spring. The awards are intended for a student pursuing a private pilot or higher certificate, or to be used toward a post-secondary degree program or other training curricula within the aviation field. These applications can be obtained only through JCC’s director of aviation.
 
The Dart Aviation Endowed Scholarship (download application) was established in memory of Tracy L. Dart. Tracy was a student at JCC when she was killed in a plane crash on June 13, 2006 at Dart Field in Mayville, NY. Tracy was a flight instructor and a commercial pilot.
 
The Dr. Kevin B. Kochersberger Scholarship (download application) is offered through the continued support of Dr. Kochersberger via the JCC Foundation. Dr. Kochersberger, a JCC alumnus, is a Certified Flight Instructor and has logged over 1500 hours. He is a research associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and has been flying since he was 15 years old; he also worked for several years as part of the Wright Experience, a group whose goal was to build a replica of the Wright Brothers’ first aircraft. During the 100th anniversary reenactment of the first flight on December 17, 2003, Dr. Kochersberger actually flew that plane!
 
The Lucile M. Wright Air Museum Scholarship (download application) is offered to support the educational goals of a deserving student as s/he pursues a career in an aviation-related field.
 
The Joseph T. Minarovich Scholarship (download application) is awarded in honor of Joe Minarovich who has dedicated a significant portion of his life and career to the field of aviation and to the education of Jamestown area youth.
 
The John J. Nalbone Sr. Scholarship (download application) is awarded in honor of Mr. Nalbone who dedicated his life to aviation. A native of Jamestown, NY, he began his flying career in 1938. From 1942 through 1945 he was a primary flight instructor in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He operated a flight school in northern Chautauqua County from 1945 until his retirement in 1991. He has taught hundreds of western New York residents to fly and has administered more than 3,000 flight tests. The Nalbone family offers this scholarship to a deserving student to perpetuate the spirit of the love of flying that Mr. Nalbone exemplified throughout his life.
 
The Professional Piloting Alumni Scholarship (download application) is awarded by the graduates of the professional piloting program to a student who has proven him or herself to be dedicated to pursuing a career as a pilot.
 
The Ted Moll Scholarship is offered through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to graduates of high schools in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. The CRCF scholarship application, available beginning March 1 and due June 1, makes students eligible for all available CRCF scholarships. 
 

The Bea and Bob McKenzie Scholarship was established by the McKenzies in 2008 to assist students interested in acquiring a professional piloting certification with Jamestown Community College. Bob McKenzie was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps who served as a pilot in the Eighth Air Corps, with duty in the European Theatre, until his discharge as a captain in 1947. Both Bea and Bob were guidance counselors in the Jamestown Public Schools. Graduates from Otto-Eldred High School (Pennsylvania) have first priority consideration for the scholarship, and graduates from any Chautauqua County high school have the second priority. This scholarship is offered through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  The application deadline is September 15th.