Haines resident Zachary Sheldon has been awarded the Bob Ellis Aviation Scholarship, which is open to residents of Southeast Alaska who intend a career in the aviation industry.
Sheldon, who received $500, is currently living in Fairbanks and is enrolled at UAF in their Aviation Maintenance Technician program. He has completed just more than 50 percent of the program. After obtaining his A&P license, he will continue to work towards his IA certification and also his pilot’s license. His goals are to work on General Aviation airplanes under his own business and also fly commercially here in Alaska. This scholarship will assist him in those goals.
Robert “Bob” Ellis, a pioneer aviator who founded Ellis Air Transport, was a celebrated pilot and renowned Ketchikan resident. Ellis’ aviation career spanned more than 33 years. He founded Ellis Air Transport in 1936 with a YKS-6 Cabin Waco and, following World War II, began flying the Grumman Goose amphibian planes. Later Ellis merged with Alaska Coastal Airlines, which later became part of Alaska Airlines. He died in 1994. The Ketchikan International Airport terminal is named in his honor.
The scholarship is awarded by the Alaska Airmen’s Association. Applications can be downloaded from the web site: http://alaskaairmen.org/.