Interested in a career in the aviation industry? Pathways to Aviation offers a program to high school and college students, who are either interested in or planning a career in the industry. The information, people, and guidance provided through the program will help make students "career-ready" and recommended.
Pathways supports, endorses, or coordinates aviation events each year, including:
- Pathways to Aviation Learning Center at the National Championship Air Races
- Pathways to Aviation Annual Speakers' Forum
Pathways is proud to work with local non-profit organizations on behalf of northern Nevada’s youth. By collaborating with groups that share our aviation-related educational focus, we are able to pool our resources, and focus on our common goals of motivating local students to pursue careers in aviation and air racing. Pathways has allocated funds specifically for distribution through a grant application process to support aviation related programs in our community.
The Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship
The support of budding aviation enthusiasts is important to people who have themselves developed and expressed a love of aviation through participation and appreciation. One way we can support young people who share our passion for flight is through the support of aviation scholarship opportunities.
The “Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship” was established in the Fall of 2007 by the Stead Airport Users’ Association and the Reno Air Race Foundation’s Pathways to Aviation Program, to honor Brigadier General Fred L. Michel and to assist Nevada youth in the pursuit of aviation careers.
During his 27 years of military service, Fred L. Michel was a Captain in the United States Air Force, flying the T-34 and the T-38, before moving himself and his family to Reno, where he flew the RF-101 and RF-4C in the Nevada Air National Guard until his retirement as Brigadier General. He was, as well, a retired Captain from United and Pan American Airlines, completing a career which saw him through the early, unfettered “good old days” of airline travel. His passion for aviation extended well beyond his careers in the military and the airline industry. A 38 year resident of Reno, he served 28 of those years as a Director of the Reno Air Races. Fred served as the second President of the Stead Airport Users’ Association for many years.
The Brigadier General Fred L. Michel Aviation Scholarship Committee makes annual scholarships available to deserving students.
Scholarships are awarded at the $500 to $2,500 range.
The scholarship fund has achieved much interest from its inception. Funds will be used to assist accomplished young students, male and female, annually to fulfill their dreams of higher academic and athletic achievement with a focus on aviation.
The money to initiate the Scholarship Program was contributed by the founding entities, together with private support from many others, combined with institutional and private contributions. A large donation was made by the family of Fred L. Michel in honor of their departed husband and father.
Interested in donating to the Fund? CLICK HERE
Interested in applying for the scholarship? CLICK HERE
The Foundation is committed to creating and promoting pathways to careers. We're actively connecting young men and women to the scores of opportunities within the world of aviation. College scholarships to a new mentoring program to posting jobs, this webpage will serve at the hub of all career-related programming.
Check the following to inspire your career:
- Career Specialty Areas
- Industry Leaders
- Careers in Aviation Videos
- National Job Board
- Local Job Postings
Pathways to Aviation is proud to work with local non-profit organizations and membership associations to advance aviation, particularly for the benefit of northern Nevada’s youth.
By working with groups that share our aviation-related educational focus, we are able to pool our resources, and focus on our common goals of motivating local students to pursue careers in aviation. Pathways has allocated funds specifically for distribution through a grant application process to support aviation related programs in local communities, throughout the state.
Please click here to access our Grant Application.
We collaborate with organizations which share our quest to advance aviation, foster career and workforce opportunities, and ignite aviation economic development.
Click here to learn more about our Affiliates and Partners.