AASF Memorial Scholarships

The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation provides scholarships to individuals who want to develop their aviation careers.  These careers can include maintenance, dispatch, management, air traffic control, professional piloting, etc.  There are three scholarships available each year for up to $1,500 each: 

The Tom Wardleigh Memorial Scholarship
The Virginia Hyatt Memorial Scholarship
The Ellen Paneok Memorial Scholarship

These annual AASF Scholarships are established with funds received from families and friends of Alaskan aviators who have gone to new horizons.

*** The 2017 application is now available.  DOWNLOAD NOW ***

  • Congratulations to the 2016 Scholarship Winners!
  • Landon Chapman - Tom Wardleigh Memorial Scholarship
  • Jason Young - Ginny Hyatt Memorial Scholarship
  • Michael Page - Ellen Paneok Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Enrolled in an aviation related program in an accredited college, university, trade school or approved training center
  • Intends to make aviation their career
  • Has spent at least two of the past three years in continuous official residency in Alaska
  • Has completed at least two semesters, or 30% of the work towards his/her professional goal.


Dale Carlson Memorial Scholarship

*** The 2017-18 application is now available! 


Determined to remember the loss of their father, husband, son, brother, and friend, the Dale Carlson Memorial Foundation partnered with spidertracks, Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation, Northern Lights Avionics, and the Alaska Airmen Association to help to keep Alaskan pilots safe.  The Memorial Foundation provides spidertracks tracking devices and a year of service to Alaskan pilots in a competitive scholarship-type application process. The scholarship is directed toward new, Alaskan-based pilots who may not otherwise have the funds to outfit their planes with important safety features.  “Flying is an expensive passion. Many times new pilots may be forced to sacrifice what we feel are critical safety features. The purpose of the Dale Carlson Memorial Foundation is to put a spidertracks unit in as many planes as possible,” says, Harry Kieling, Chairman of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation. The spidertracks satellite tracking system is designed to help take the “search” out of “search and rescue.”

The spidertracks devices, when installed in an aircraft, send a GPS position location to a web-service every couple of minutes, which in the event of an emergency, may be used to locate the aircraft in distress. Dale Carlson had a spidertracks system in his airplane when it went down in Prince William Sound in April, 2015. While he did not survive the accident, searchers were able to find the wreckage within hours, thanks to the flight track and position information provided by this safety equipment.  The Carlson family wants to help other aircraft owners enhance their flight safety by using spidertracks equipment.  The program is also supported by the spidertracks company (www.spidertracks.com), which is based in New Zealand, Northern Lights Avionics, based in Anchorage, and the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation and Alaska Airmen Association.  Interested aircraft owners may apply to receive a device, and one year’s free subscription service, by filling out an application; two spidertracks units have already been awarded to Alaskan pilots. The deadline for this third round of applications is October 31, 2016. The winner will be announced at the Safety Foundation’s fall safety seminar in Anchorage on November 5th, 2016.  Eligibility requires a pilot hold at least a private pilot certificate, be based in Alaska and fly a minimum of fifty hours per year.

For questions, please contact the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation at (907) 243-7237, or more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/dalecarlsonmemorialscholarship/