The Michael Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Michael Wallace. Michael was a young man who was always interested in airplanes. He set his career goal at becoming an airline pilot. He soloed in sailplanes at age 16, and earned his private pilot glider rating at age 18. He was proud to be a glider pilot.
On February 15, 2001, at the age of 18, he had just begun his training in powered aircraft when he and his flight instructor, and two other pilots, lost their lives in a mid-air collision over the harbor in Long Beach, California. This Scholarship is offered in memory of Michael.
The Scholarship awards one grant each year for the purpose of flight training in sailplanes. This grant is paid directly to the glider flight training organization the recipient chooses, and is to be used only for the purpose of providing glider aerotows, flight instruction, and aircraft rentals to the recipient.
The student must be between the ages of 14-22, be a full-time student and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. He or she must show a very strong desire to learn to fly. A financial need is also a consideration.
This grant may be able to give such a student at least a start on the road to becoming a glider pilot, and beyond. If you are interested in applying for this Scholarship grant, you may download a pdf file of the application form.
The Michael Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund is administered by members of Cypress Soaring Inc. Michael was a member of Cypress Soaring, and it is where he learned to fly gliders. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help a young person to soar, you may send a check to The Michael Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Arthur Wallace, 1784 Muirfield Lane, Beaumont, CA 92223. No donation is too small. The Scholarship Fund is organized under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3, charitable organization. Cypress Soaring does not materially benefit in any way from this Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your help.