2016 Foundation Program Spotlights

Throughout 2016, The Sporty’s Foundation funded programs to both attract and encourage young people to pursue aviation as a career or as a lifestyle.

TOTAL DONATIONS FOR 2016  $157,700

Donation from Sporty’s Foundation

  • EAA Young Eagles: Next Step $80,000

To fund EAA’s Youth Program Manager; to administer and support Young Eagles’ Next Step. This disbursement is only cash donated and does not include the value of downloaded Private Pilot training courses made available through Next Step.

  • Aviation Exploring Scholarships $10,000

Scholarships to fund college and flight training for Aviation Explorers.

  • Girls in Aviation Day presented by Women in Aviation International $3,200

To produce a supply an instructional sectional chart distributed to WAI’s network of chapters for use in the organization’s annual Girls in Aviation Day.

  • AOPA Air Safety Institute $10,000

In support of ASI’s pursuit to enhance aviation safety.

  • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum $2,500

In support of preserving aviation history for future generations.

  • Recreational Aviation Foundation $1,000

In support of the preservation, maintenance and creation of airstrips for recreational use.

  • University of Cincinnati $20,000

Scholarships for students in the University of Cincinnati Professional Pilot program.

  • Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America $11,000

In support of the local Boy Scout council’s “Inspiring Achievement” campaign.

  • Women in Aviation International Scholarships $5,000

Scholarship for a WAI member to pursue a recreational pilot’s certificate.

  • Bob Hoover Celebration of Life (LiveStream) $5,000

To inspire young people with the life of a true aviation hero.

  • Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) $1,000

Scholarship for an AWAM member to pursue further training.

  • Certified Flight Instructor Scholarships $9,000

Three scholarships for $3000 each to be used toward flight training in the University of Cincinnati flight training program.




Commemorative Air Force Post 2352, Mesa, AZ, Grand CanyonCouncil, Phoenix, AZ

Chandler-Gilbert Community College & Mesa Community College

Early on, Skylar became hooked on aviation, so much so, that the local citizens nicknamed him the “Airport Bum.” He is frequently seen at the local airport, where he has assisted on many projects, including crack-sealing the entire runway. In addition, Skylar has marshaled the Copperstate Fly-In and served on the staff at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Skylar has long dreamed of pursuing a career in aviation. He currently is enrolled at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where he will earn an Associate’s degree and commercial pilot certificate. After community college, he will be attending the University of North Dakota in the Aeronautics program. His goal is to become either an airline pilot or corporate pilot.

Skylar has earned several honors, including Student of the Month at the Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ, and a full scholarship to the Summer Aviation Academy at the University of North Dakota.