Paul and Patricia Whelan Scholarship

Written by Paul Wynns
In the memory of an exemplary aviation educator, the Paul A. Whelan Scholarship was initiated by his family under the auspices of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The Paul A. Whelan Scholarship Fund supports men and women pursuing a future in aviation and/or space-related fields. The scholarship will provide opportunities to emerging aviation professionals to achieve their academic goals and contribute their talents to the aviation industry. Dr. Whelan exemplified leadership in aviation throughout his life. He served 25 years as an Air Force aviator and retired as a colonel after a career that included combat service in Korea and Vietnam for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. In addition to flying, he was a professor of history at the U. S. Air Force Academy, chair of the Air Force Institute of Technology history department and on staff at the Air War College. In his own academic career, Dr. Whelan earned his bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College, his master's from the University of Tennessee, and his doctorate in history from St. Louis University. Upon his Air Force retirement, Dr. Whelan's commitment to give back to the academic community led him to positions as dean of Spring Hill College, president of Lewis University, Vice President of Parks College of St. Louis University, and dean of national transportation at Dowling College. During his academic tenure, he served on the Federal Aviation Administration's Airway Science Curriculum Committee and as first chair of the Council on Aviation Accreditation. Dr. Whelan's lifelong involvement in aviation education earned him recognition from his peers including the National Aeronautic Association Brewer Trophy, the Gold Circle Award and the UAA Wheatley Award. In addition, Dr. Whelan was extensively involved in his giving service to his community and to his church. To continue this legacy, Dr. Whelan's wife Pat, 12 children and their spouses and 38 grandchildren commissioned this scholarship.

The University Aviation Association (UAA) is an influential body within the realm of collegiate aviation, serving as a pivotal organization that connects higher education institutions, industry professionals, and students in the field of aviation. Established with the aim of advancing aviation education and research, the UAA plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the aviation industry by ...

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College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students