GAMA is presenting its 2019 Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award to Ericka Hardin, who is planning to attend Moody Aviation Technology in Spokane, Washington, in the fall.
Named after the long-time head of GAMA, the $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating U.S. high school senior who is enrolling in an aviation degree program at a college or university. Hardin plans to earn a bachelor of science degree in missionary aviation technology-flight. An active member of the Civil Air Patrol, she has received numerous recognitions, including the Mary Feik Achievement, the Wright Brothers Award, and the Lindbergh Achievement.
In discussing her plans as a missionary pilot, Hardin said, “Growing up in a rural ranching community I have learned…how connections with bigger communities are vital, not only for basic supplies but also for medical services, news, education, and life. In our world today there are still people out there who don’t have those connections or access to the basic services that we do.”
She added she hopes to use pilot skills to provide those people with the same opportunities that others have. “We are excited to support Ms. Hardin as she begins her studies this fall and seeks to fulfill her general aviation career dream of being a missionary pilot,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.