Thursday, November 5, 2015

North Idaho College, a comprehensive community college located on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, has established three new scholarships for students from Bonner and Boundary counties who are interested in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and engineering.

The Captain Chris "Boomer" Wilson Scholarship will be awarded to students in aviation-related fields of study including aerospace and engineering. Wilson founded the volunteer program at the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center near Sandpoint and was the inspiration for "Viper" in the movie Top Gun.

The Sí Tú Puedes Volar Scholarship recognizes t
he Aztec Eagles of Mexico and the role they played during World War II. It will be awarded to female students enrolled in the NIC Aerospace program.

The Bessie Coleman/Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship recognizes Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman, who was the first female pilot of African-American descent, and the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups in World War II. This scholarship will be awarded to female students enrolled in aerospace fields of study.

More information on these opportunities can be found at or by calling the NIC Foundation at 208-769-5978.

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