Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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22 AviationforWomen J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 Scholarship Program In 2014, the Wings for Val Foundation established an annual me- morial scholarship program through WAI for a deserving young woman pursuing her private pilot certificate. At the Reno 2018 conference, the foundation will award both a $ 5,000 Lt. Valer- ie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship for a WAI member pursuing a private fixed-wing pilot certificate, and a new $2,000 Capt. Sara Knutson Cullen Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private helicopter pilot certificate. Images for Good You might wonder how Aviation for Women magazine was able to obtain the excellent photography of the Wings for Val event in Washington, D.C. It was all thanks for a pro- gram called Images for Good, the brainchild of photogra- pher Kevin Krisko. It was the program's goal to "honor the sacrifices of the individuals and families gathered at the event with images that both celebrate the gathering and recommit us all to serving others, as we each can." The organization creates mentored service photogra- phy teams to help tell important stories in the community. Using an approach that cultivates student service leaders, it supports low-resourced social programs and courses in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Since the all-volunteer program began in March 2015, 22 students from 12 schools and affiliated mentoring photographers have served over 85 nonprofits and social causes with 130-plus photo engagements. To learn more about how you can support this 501(c)(3) movement contact Kevin Krisko, founder and president, by visiting the website www.ImagesForGood.org. Meet the past recipients: 2014: Chelsea Atwater, a Grand Canyon river guide who used the funds toward becoming a helicopter pilot to give tours of the canyon. 2015: Ashley Taylor, U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper of McCall, Idaho, who is becoming a pilot of the planes out of which she has been jumping. 2016: Danielle Williams, Army captain and team leader for Special Operations Civil Affairs team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, who loves to sky dive and is working toward completing her private pilot certificate. 2017: Sinead Kane Kirnan, of Newburgh, New York, is using her $5,000 toward earning her private pilot certificate as part of her journey to the U.S. Air Force. Sinead is currently a C-17 Loadmaster with the Air National Guard, 105th Airlight Wing, based in Newburgh. In a way to "reach forward," Val's family has established a growing scholarship program through WAI and will present two scholarships at the Reno 2018 conference for both fixed-wing and helicopter flight training. 2014 awardee Chelsea Atwater (R) 2017 awardee Sinead Kane Kirnan (center) The photographers at the Wings for Val Foundation event were (Above, L to R) Nate Crystall, Eleanor Kay, and Tenzin Namgyel. You can see more of their photography at www.ImagesForGood.org/ wings-for-val-2017.

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