Flying Musicians 2023 Scholarship Nominations Now Open

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) recognizes the correlation between hard work and skill required by both learning to fly and learning music — practice, precision, working with others, multitasking, and ultimately performance — and to that end, has opened the floor to nominations for the ninth year to passionate student musicians for the 2023 FMA Solo program. The program has averaged two scholarships per year in the first eight years while welcoming hundreds of student members into the FMA network.

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) has announced that the 2023 FMA Solo Scholarship Program is open for nominations from music teachers/directors for high school junior or senior music students who have a passion for aviation. This scholarship is unique, assisting an aspiring flight student from zero time to solo. FMA is excited to enter the ninth year of this scholarship program because of the impact it has on the student, the community, aviation, and music.

Nominations are being accepted now through January 31, 2023. Candidates must be a junior or senior high school music student with a passion for music and aviation. All nominees will receive a sponsored FMA student membership, including an FMA shirt and other items donated by FMA members and sponsors. Those who remain engaged in the FMA network are also aided in many ways.

FMA President/CEO John Zapp said, “FMA members love assisting others who share our passions of flying and music. To be able to assist and watch our student members grow through aviation and music while inspiring others is such a rewarding experience. The program has assisted many students who remain engaged. There are now many additional private pilots that have come from this program.” Zapp noted, “We are also looking for those in the aviation and music industry who want to jump on the FMA Bandwagon to be a part of this opportunity to grow future pilots, musicians, and leaders – the right way.”

“I used to be in the band and also drum corps and I feel it made me a more focused and better person. I feel it helped me become the President and CEO of Sporty’s.” — Michael Wolf

Our sponsors are doing their part. Thank them. Join them.

Sporty’s Pilot Shop, MYGOFLIGHT, Gleim Aviation, Hartzell Propeller, Bose & Bose Aviation, Flying Eyes Optics, Lockwood Aviation Supply, US Sport Planes & Jabiru, Sport Flying USA & Bristell, Seaplane Pilots Association, and many more. FMA also acknowledges General Aviation News, Trade-A-Plane, AviNation, AVweb, byDanJohnson, Aviators Hot Line, AOPA, EAA, and many others for their extensive help in raising awareness for this and other FMA programs.

Help FMA and Aaron Tippin create more pilots.

“Flying and music are my two passions in life, and the Flying Musicians have put both of those together for a great cause. I believe educating the next generation is so important for music and aviation to continue on.” – Aaron Tippin

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