For Bill Cowden of Menomonie, WI, aviation wasn’t just a career choice, but a way of life. As a private pilot, North Dakota Air National Guard F-16 pilot, commercial airline pilot and air show performer, Bill accumulated over 7,500 flight hours in more than 85 different models of aircraft. He held a Level 1 Unrestricted Surface Level Aerobatic waiver. He loved mentoring aspiring young pilots, and served on numerous aviation boards and committees.
Bill passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47 in an air show performance in June 2014. Those who knew Bill remember his attention to detail and hunger to attain each subsequent aviation rating. His passion was honing his aviation skills and promoting aviation activities in all their forms.It is in this spirit and in his loving memory that his family established this scholarship so aspiring pilots who lack the financial resources to pursue advanced pilot training will be able to fulfill their dreams.One scholarship is available each year up to $1,500 to one pilot from the Midwest working to obtain higher ratings in aviation. Application deadline is May 1st of each year.Criteria of Applicant must hold a current Private Pilot Certificate and plan to pursue advanced training in aviation. - Applicant must provide a professional resume, and include one letter of recommendation related to aviation skills. - Applicant must submit a one-page, typewritten essay giving their reasons for pursuing advanced training in aviation.This scholarship is issued through the Community Foundation of Dunn County. Scholarship awards are paid directly to cover the published cost of advanced flight instruction from a certified flight instructor.