Willard G. Plentl Sr. Aviation Scholarship Program

Written by Charlie Copeland

Willard G. Plentl Sr. was born in Houston, Texas, and began pilot training in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Mr. Plentl had a successful career as a military pilot that included serving during the Korean War and flying a variety of aircraft from trainers to bombers to fighters.

After his retirement from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1962, Mr. Plentl accepted a position with the Commonwealth of Virginia as Assistant Director, Division of Aeronautics, Virginia State Corporation Commission, and in 1964 he became Director of Aeronautics. In 1970, he was a member of the President's Aviation Advisory Commission, which helped shape America's current aviation system. Mr. Plentl retired from the Virginia Department of Aviation in 1984 and was elected to the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame that same year.

Mr. Plentl passed away May 19, 7.005 leaving behind a devoted family and a record of outstanding service to aviation. In honor of this remarkable gentleman and his 22 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, this scholarship program has been established. 
Scholarship Requirements  

The Willard G. Plentl Aviation Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to a Virginia High School senior who is planning an aviation career in a non-engineering area. A certification of acceptance into a non - engineering, aviation related postsecondary education program is required. Examples of non-engineering aviation careers include (but are not limited to) pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, aviation managers, etc. Scholarship applicants must have an Li nweighted GPA of at least 3.5. One scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded each year and is renewable. 

The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) is a state-level government organization that plays a pivotal role in the promotion, development, and safety of aviation within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established to oversee and support the state’s diverse array of public-use airports, DOAV works diligently to ensure the aviation system meets the needs of its citizens and businesses, facilitating ...

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Eligibility information

High School Senior