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Applicants may only apply for ONE of the following scholarships.

Interstate Scholarship (0 scholarship(s) available)

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IAA Scholarship (1 scholarship(s) available)

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Jordan Damron

2010 Winner: Jordan Damron

Richard Jordan Lee Damron was born 1/24/91 in Tacoma, Washington to the parents of Kenneth and Joan Damron. During his pre-school years he was considered quiet and very well-liked by all. Jordan was always an excellent student throughout his academic career, and as a second grader was recognized for his leadership and voted President of his class. He was always considered polite, quiet and dependable and led by example.
The family moved to Orofino Idaho in March of 2002 when Jordan was in the 6th grade. While in Orofino he continued his academic excellence up until his graduation in 2009. In high school he was a member of both track and soccer, and he was also recognized as a National Honor Student. After graduation he was awarded a full scholarship from ROTC Army to attend the University of Idaho. As a ROTC student he completed his four years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies with his GPA averaging 3.4.
As a senior at U of I he was chosen by the ROTC commander to be the Battalion Commander of his ROTC unit. Jordan will be starting his Army career in December, 2013 at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His chosen field will be Armor after which he will then attend Airborne and Air Assault. He wishes still to procure his private flying license while he is in the Army.

Shep-Rock Scholarship (3 scholarship(s) available)

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Kevin Weber

2013 Winner: Kevin Weber

My name is Kevin Weber and I am currently 20 years of age. Iíve lived in California my whole life and had only become a resident of Idaho a few years back. I will be a junior at Gonzaga University this next fall where I am enrolled in the Army ROTC program. There are plenty of hobbies which I have enjoyed my whole life and include golf, snowboarding and weight lifting. Yet I had never imagined myself within any aviation field as a hobby, or a career. Early in the summer I made the decision to attempt to obtain my private pilots license at Jetstream Aviation. What started as a summer hobby has turned into a whole new passion. I couldnít be happier with my decision and can only dream of the possibilities for myself within aviation in the future. Where Iíll be in five years is still a mystery, but one thing is for sure, I will be flying. I now know that aviation is where I want to be and have set a goal for myself to fly with a commercial airline after the military. I am excited for what the future holds, but even more excited to finally hold my private pilots license in my hand. I probably wouldnít be where I am today without the aid and motivation from the Idaho Aviation Association. I am very grateful for the opportunity that the Shep-Rock Scholarship has given me this summer, but even more grateful for the many doors it has opened up in my life.

Brighton Householder

2013 Winner: Brighton Householder

I am Brighton Householder and I absolutely love flying, it is that one thing I can never manage to get off of my mind. I donít know what the future has in store for me, but I do know that it will have to do with aviation in some way.
I am currently 16 years old, and am well on my way to my private pilot license, thanks to the amazing opportunity the Idaho Aviation Association has given to me with this Scholarship. I took my first flight lesson way back when I was 14 with Blake Spry at Glass Cockpit Aviation, I was not even old enough to solo, but from then on out, there was nothing else I would rather be doing at any given time.
Flying has been in my bloodline for multiple generations, my great grandpa flew, my grandpa flew, and my dad flies as well. This is where I believe my knack for flying came from. My plan is to keep working through ratings, and become a MEII, as well as receive my A&P. This scholarship has truly given me a head start on my career as a pilot, and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Jeremy Feldman

2013 Winner: Jeremy Feldman

I am an Idaho native born and raised in Boise. My passion for aviation began at a young age when I was six and wanted to be the person guiding airplanes to their gates and this passion has persisted throughout my life. This passion led me to serve as the Youth Commissioner on the Boise Airport Commission and study aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I am also a Midshipman in Naval ROTC and my dream is to become a Naval Aviator. At school I am actively involved in both the Flying Club and student run theater organization and founded the school's debate club. I have had many passions in my life but flying has always been a notch above the rest and also the one I was never sure I could fulfill. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the Shep-Rock Scholarship has given me to pursue my Private Pilot's License, my passion and my dream.

Tyler Smisek

2012 Winner: Tyler Smisek

I have lived in Moscow, Idaho all my life and am going to be a senior in high school this fall. I love working in my schoolís metal shop class, and enjoy designing objects in drafting using a computer and sometimes manually doing technical drawings. A long term goal that I have thought about is to design or build an experimental airplane when I get a chance in the future. Fly fishing, hunting, camping, and flying are some of my favorite activities during the summer or when I am not in school. My passion is to earn an engineering degree in college while attending the ROTC program for the US Air Force. Getting selected to be a pilot or navigator would make me extremely enthusiastic. I am thrilled to be awarded this scholarship, and cannot wait to get my private pilot certificate.

Brandon Jones

2012 Winner: Brandon Jones

Hi, Iím Brandon Jones. I am currently working on my private pilot at Jetstream Aviation in Boise. I am enjoying and loving every single moment of it! My current goal is to get my Flight Instructor ratings and fly for a living! My ultimate lifetime goal is to fly professionally for a major cargo carrier or large corporate aviation firm. I absolutely love what Iím doing and wouldnít think of doing anything else! In addition to flying, I am also working on my general education requirements at Boise State. I am considering transferring to Utah State University next year for their collegiate aviation program, but I am still looking at all of my options at this time. When I am not flying, dreaming about flying, or reading about flying, I am usually out walking my beagle or running. I look forward to running my first half marathon this April. I enjoy the outdoors and really enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people. I am very grateful for the Shep-Rock Scholarship and I am now one more step closer to achieving my aviation goals! Thanks again, and may strong tail winds bless you all.

Cody Smisek

2011 Winner: Cody Smisek

I was born in Moscow, Idaho where I am currently enrolled in the Moscow Senior High School and am expected to graduate with the class of 2012. The excitement of aviation was brought into my life at a young age when my father received his private pilot certificate. In the summer of 2011 I passed my private check ride and now hold my own certificate with the help of the Shep Rock Foundation Scholarship. When Iím not flying I like to spend my free time skiing in northern Idaho with my friends and family. In the future I hope to join the Air Force ROTC program and finish college with an engineering related degree, while continuing to pursue an aviation related career.

Braxton Householder

2011 Winner: Braxton Householder

I am Braxton Householder and I am 17 years of age. Flying has been in my family for several generations. I was introduced by my dad, he was introduced by his dad, and he was introduced by his dad. It could be said my great grandfather started it all. In 2008 my dad started flying remote control planes again and introduced my brother and me to them. That summer I took every chance that I could get to go out to the flying club and fly these small planes. In February of 2011 I took my first real flight lesson. I had flown with my dad before, but this was my first time in the left seat. That was all it took. I was hooked. From this point all I wanted was to fly, but I quickly ran into the problem of the cost required to fly. I did not know what I was going to do, until a family friend told me about this IAA scholarship. The same day I discovered the scholarship I began putting my application together, so I could send it off as soon as possible. Some time passed, and several conversations later I received the scholarship. I was happy beyond words with the distance that I could now cover towards my license with this scholarship. When I am not flying I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, as well as working with technology and anything mechanical, especially anything aviation related.

Zeb Baney

2011 Winner: Zeb Baney

Zeb Baney is an Idaho native whose love of aviation began as a kid when volunteering in the Civil Air Patrol. He later joined the Air Guard and served in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. At home he enjoys working, hunting, and spending time with friends in the aviation community. He hopes someday he and his wife can give back to the great people and organizations who have helped him achieve his life-long goal of flying. On 05/02/12 Zeb completed his Private Pilot certification!

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