College beats sky-high goal: Sauk socks away more than $20K for aviation scholarships

January 29, 2019 GMT

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College Foundation surpassed its $20,000 goal to create an endowment to help more students pursue a career in the sky.

In October, the foundation and the Dixon Municipal Airport partnered to raise funds for a scholarship endowment after an anonymous donor pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations.

Sauk offers a pilot ground-training course through its community education division, which is taught by the airport’s M&M Aviation Services.

Students looking to offset tuition and training costs can start applying for reimbursement scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 in the spring.

There’s a pilot shortage in the aviation industry that continues to grow, and the goal of the endowment is to attract more students to the field and grow their careers in the area.

“The college is so pleased with the generous support that has resulted in the new aviation scholarship,” Sauk President Dave Hellmich said. “This scholarship will be invaluable in promoting aviation in the Sauk Valley.”

Sauk’s next private pilot ground training course begins Feb. 5, and although the instrument pilot ground training course is ongoing, there are still spots for interested students.