Scholarship opportunities

The Wichita Aero Club is dedicated to supporting the next generation of aviation leaders in our community. One way we do that each year is by offering scholarships to hard-working individuals who seek a career in aviation.


Edward W. Stimpson

Late President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and ICAO Ambassador


The Wichita Aero Club offers the Edward W. Stimpson scholarship to honor the memory of the late President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and ICAO Ambassador and provide an annual award for applicants who seek to make a significant contribution to the aviation industry upon completion of their education.

Please note: Transcript required for scholarship consideration!

A Wichita Aero Club Scholarship Fund has been established with the Wichita Community Foundation, a 501 ( c ) 3 organization for the purpose of furthering the Wichita Aero Club’s commitment to aviation-related education.

“We launched this scholarship now to help stimulate interest in and support of aviation-related curricula at learning institutions and to provide, initially, some help in defraying a significant portion of one semester’s expenses for the recipients,” explained John O’Leary, vice president of Engineering at Airbus North America Engineering and Chairman of the WAC’s Education Committee. “Our intent is to increase the amount of the awards as we grow the Scholarship Fund through contributions, proceeds from our fund-raising events, including our annual golf tournament and Gala, and emulate the commitment to education demonstrated by Ed Stimpson.

O’Leary also noted that Ed Stimpson, the long-time GAMA President and ICAO Ambassador was “a true friend of aviation education, and a former Board Member of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. We have a branch of ERAU here in Wichita, located at McConnell Air Force Base and, even though, Ed was not from Wichita…or even the local region, his impact on general aviation and the many people who work in the Air Capital was significant. He, along with Russ Meyer at Cessna, helped spearhead the effort to pass the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, which helped preserve or create many thousands of jobs.


The Wichita Aero Club (WAC) announced at its annual Trophy Gala on Saturday evening, January 25 that it is creating a scholarship for college or post graduate students in honor of former Cessna Public Relations Chief Dean Humphrey. The scholarship is the second created by the WAC. The Aero Club’s other scholarship, named for former General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and International Civil Aviation Organization Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson, also provides financial assistance to college students who have declared a major or established a career path for a broad range of disciplines within the aerospace industry.

Please note: Transcript required for scholarship consideration!

“The Wichita Aero Club Dean Humphrey Scholarship will not only honor Dean’s memory but is designed to support students who wish to follow his example into communications, administrative or other non-technical roles,” said Dave Franson, President of the Wichita Aero Club. .”It especially fitting that it was unveiled at the fourth annual Wichita Aero Club Trophy Gala which honored Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer because Russ and Dean were colleagues and great friends throughout their time together at Cessna.”

“Dean was an exceptional communicator…and a valued friend and mentor to me when I worked for him at Cessna in the 1970’s,” Franson added. “He set the standard by which communicators in our industry were measured and it’s very gratifying to be able to honor his memory in this way.”


H. Dean Humphrey

Former Cessna Public Relations Chief