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      Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is pleased to announce the 2011 Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarship Award Program. This program was founded by Helicopters Association International’s (HAI) Technical Committee to promote the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career.

Applicants should be about to graduate from an FAA approved Part 147 AMT School, or a recent recipient (within the last two years) of an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate.  All FAA written and practical exams must be successfully completed prior to attending the chosen school (not necessarily prior to applying for the scholarship).  International applicants should have their respective country’s FAA equivalent tests completed.

Each of the winners will have a choice of one of the following courses made available by the helicopter airframe and engine manufacturers. Applicants should list courses in order of preference, as courses will be awarded by preference, in order of award placement.

  • MD Helicopters (500/600/900 series)
  • Rolls Royce (250 engine - any model)
  • Turbomeca (Arriel 1 & 2 series and Arrius 2 series engines)
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc. (PT6T, PT6B- 36/-37 or PW-206 engines)

The first place winner will be awarded $1,600 from HAI to assist with expenses. Those finishing in second, third, fourth and fifth place will receive $1,150, $850, $750 and $650, respectively, for assistance with expenses.  Sixth and seventh place winners will be offered one of the remaining courses without monetary assistance. All winners receive a one-year membership to HAI and free admission to HELI-EXPO 2011, March 5-8,to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Please fill out the enclosed 2011 Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship application form, ensuring that all portions are completed. There are two parts to the application. PART I is to be completed by the applicant. PART II is to be completed by the AMT Program Director, Administrator or Instructor. If additional space is needed for any part of the application, separate sheets may be attached.  Ask your director for the opportunity to view “Careers in Helicopters Maintenance” DVD. The application forms and more information can be found on our website  Applications must be typed or printed.  Upon completion, applications may be faxed to (703) 683-4745 or mailed to: 

If mailed, all applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2010, and received at HFI by January 10, 2011. Mail to HFI Scholarships, 1635 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.

 The winners will be announced prior to Helicopters Association International’s Technical Committee meeting held in conjunction with HELI-EXPO 2011.  Winners are invited and encouraged to attend, at which time they will be introduced to the committee.