Two WAAAM Flight Scholarships awarded

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) announces the winners of the 2014 and 2015 Flight Scholarship awards: Hood River High School senior Michael Guzman and Horizon Christian School junior William Decker.

A ceremony will take place at noon on Saturday, May 14 as part of WAAAM’s Second Saturday events.

Each student will receive $2000 — half from the Callas family trust (General Airways) directed by Hood River local Dayle Harris, one quarter from WAAAM, and one quarter from Classic Wings Aero Service in partnership with TacAero.

The WAAAM Flight Scholarship is awarded annually to dedicated, aviation-minded juniors or seniors.

“We waited a year because we had to find the right candidates,” Museum Director Judy Newman said. “Both Michael and William have fit the bill above and beyond. William is already a pilot and Michael wants to be an aerospace engineer and they both have done some wonderful volunteer work at WAAAM.”

The scholarships will enable Michael to become a pilot and for William to gain his tail-wheel endorsement (an additional step to truly experience old school flying) and commercial license.

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