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Spokane Aviation Scholarship Fund

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Pilots Association maintains the Spokane Aviation Scholarship Foundation, a 501c3 “charitable” organization.  Your donations are tax deductible. 


The purpose of the foundation is to financially assist people seeking careers in aviation.  This includes those seeking professional pilot training, mechanics, avionics technicians and more. 


In March of 2022 the foundation awarded three, $2,500 scholarships and two, $500 "intro to ground school" scholarships.

Award winners are listed below with a brief bio.


Tom Bryant,  Dave Lucke, 

Please install the Firefox browser.  Fill out the application, click the button at the end of the application and save as a PDF file.  Email the PDF file along with the two letters of recommendation and the statement of your aviation goals to


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Danny Denike, 19, graduated from Ferris High School and earned his private pilot’s license from Latitude (now Coeur D’Alene) Aviation in 2020. He is a sophomore/junior at the University of North Dakota (majoring in commercial aviation) and is currently finishing up his multi-engine rating. He anticipates graduating in 3 years. Danny plans to use the $2,500 WPA Spokane Aviation Scholarship to obtain his CFI rating this summer. Danny will begin working as a flight instructor as time allows next year and full time once he graduates to collect hours towards his ATP in order to begin a career in commercial aviation.

Jonathan Stacy. 24, studied mechanical engineering and aviation at Walla Walla University. Like many,  he dreamed of flying when he grew up, and at college he got the chance to pursue that dream!

Jonathon in June of 2020 after completing an engineering degree, a private pilot licensure, and an instrument rating. He now works at Reach Aviation in Priest River, Idaho as an engineer in training.

He plans on using the $2500 scholarship to finish obtaining a commercial pilot license and begin training for a CFI rating. “I’ve made aviation my career and strive to share the miracle of flight with others”!

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Luna Mattke is 16 years old and attends East Valley High School. She will be entering Running Start at Big Bend Community College and then join the Air National Guard. Currently, she is the 1st Sgt for the 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron with Civil Air Patrol, and the 1st chair bassoonist for the Spokane Youth Philharmonic. She will use the funds from this scholarship to solo and obtain her Private Pilot’s License through Northwest Flight Service.

Hi there! My name is Rachel Robbins and I am 20 years old. I earned my Private Pilots license in September 2021 in a Piper Cherokee 140 out of Felts Field. I am currently working on my instrument rating in a Cardinal 177. In addition to my flight training, I am taking classes at Spokane Falls Community College with plans to obtain a bachelor's degree in International Relations. I am also a mother to my beautiful one year old daughter named Ayla May.

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Jonathan Ying:  I am 17 years old who is hoping to get a job in the aviation industry upon completion of high school. I have been in the AFJROTC program for three years now to prepare me if I decide to take to the sky in the Air Force as a pilot. In the service I plan on going to the Airforce Academy then become a pilot as an officer. Which the previous flight time and knowledge would increase my chance of success. With having a large family this scholarship will allow me to study and prep for the written flight exam. I am also highly involved with Cyber Security throughout AFJROTC competing in Cyber Patriot and Skills USA completions placing in state in both 2nd and third respectively.

As you can tell from each bio, these are quality awardees and your donations are truly appreciated!

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