2015 Raisbeck Aviation High School Scholarships

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2015 Raisbeck Aviation High School Scholarships

We are pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to the Class of 2015, with awards ranging from $400 to $40,000. The awards are due to the generosity of our PTSA, our partners in aviation and aerospace, and the many friends we have made over the past ten years. Students can apply for 20 different awards worth over $170,000—a record sum!

Please carefully review this application packet to decide which scholarship(s) interests you. We encourage you to apply for all of the awards that align with your goals for college and career.

Who is Eligible?
Graduating high school seniors who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5; higher on some. Be sure to check the specific criteria for each award for which you apply.

  • Involved in school extra-curricular and community service activities

  • Have economic need and/or outstanding academic ability and performance

  • Recommended or endorsed by two teachers at Raisbeck Aviation High School

Application Checklist

  • Complete the Raisbeck Aviation High School General Scholarship Application packet. This is required in order to be considered for ANY scholarship, including those that do not require essays.

  • Submit one personal recommendation from a non-school employee. This could be your mentor, employer, neighbor, minister, etc. This person must be age 25 or older and have known you for at least three years.

  • Each scholarship requires a specific essay in addition to the essays required for the General Scholarship Application. Please include all essays in your application packet. Essays should be labeled with the applicant’s name and scholarship being applied for, in the upper right corner of the page.

  • Complete the RAHS Scholarship Checklist, indicating the scholarship(s) for which you want to be considered.

  • Submit as a package (DO NOT FOLD) to Katie Carper on or before Wednesday, April 15 2015 by 4:00PM DST.

    • Please note: late submissions will not be considered.

How does the decision process work for scholarships?
The scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors based on academic ability and/or economic need. The selection will be based on the overall quality of your application packet. A committee comprised of staff, business, and community members will review the application and recommend scholarship awards.
2015 Raisbeck Aviation HS General Scholarship Application
*The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15 2015 by 4:00pm DST.

Name: __________________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________________

E-mail: __________________________________________________________

  1. List colleges and universities or other secondary institutions that you have applied to for admission:

  1. Where have you been accepted?

  1. What is the school name and complete address of the institution you have chosen to attend?

  1. What is your intended major?

  1. In 250 words or less, please describe what you envision your life will look like 10 years after high

school graduation. What will you be doing for a career? How will the education and preparation you have received at RAHS contribute to your future career and quality of life?

6. List the academic honors and awards you have received during high school (indicate years):

  1. Describe your participation in extra-curricular activities. Indicate leadership positions that you have

held. These may include participation in school or non-school sponsored activities. Include work

experiences and internships, if applicable.

  1. Describe your community service and volunteer activities:

  1. List all other scholarships, including amount of awards you have received as of this date. Include

all amounts, named or non-named, awarded by the institution you will be attending, as well as amounts

received from other sources.

Name ________________________________ Amount ______________
Name ________________________________ Amount ______________
Name ________________________________ Amount ______________
(attach additional information if necessary)

  1. Explain your reasons (merit, financial need, or other) for applying for a scholarship. Please address your future educational plans and career goals, and be specific about how you will use the award.

  2. Describe how you will “pay it forward” if you are selected for scholarships and/or awards. You may attach an additional sheet to this application, if needed.

Student Signature: ________________________ Date: ________________

Return Scholarship Application Form, including the two teacher endorsements and the personal recommendation letter to Katie Carper by Wednesday, April 15 2015 by 4:00PM DST. Applications will not be reviewed unless both the two teacher endorsements and the personal recommendation letter are included with the application.

The scholarships and awards will be presented at the June 11, 2015 Senior Awards Ceremony at RAHS. Your award(s) will be sent to the college, university, or training program that you attend, upon official proof of enrollment as provided in your award packet. Scholarships must be claimed by January 1, 2016. For renewable awards, claims should be made by June 30 each year.

Applicant Name _______________________

Teacher Endorsement #1
My signature below indicates that I endorse the above student for consideration of a scholarship.

Signature _______________________ Date: ___________________

Comments (optional):

Teacher Endorsement #2
My signature below indicates that I endorse the above student for consideration of a scholarship.

Signature _______________________ Date: ___________________

Comments (optional):

2015 Raisbeck Aviation High School

Scholarship Awards
Please check the scholarship(s) you wish to be considered for. Return checklist with your application.
______ James D. Raisbeck Legacy Award

______ Dan Hartley Scholarship

_____ Southcenter Rotary (Please check here if you have applied; applications were due earlier.)

_____ Green River Pilots Association

_____ Rita Creighton Memorial Award

_____ Bob Larson Memorial Award
_____ Rolls-Royce Award (application was previously due)
_____ Incredible Award in Honor of Joe Sutter
_____ Peter & Sarah Anderson Award (previously Galvin Flying Service Award)
______ Jim Newman Memorial Award
______ NAIA (Northwest Aviation Insurance Association)
______ PNBAA (Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association)
______ Zayic Family Award - No essay required
______ Alumni Award - No essay required
______ PTSA Awards for Senior Projects

_____ GenCorp Aerojet
______ Buddy Moreman Scholarship
______ J. David Brock Memorial Award

______ SCAAE (Society of Chinese American Aerospace Engineers) Due by 4:00PM on Tuesday, March 15th
______ Jordan/Hecla Scholarship Award


Three awards of $40,000 each; payable $10,000 per year per award; Eligibility: 3.0 grade point average.
Dr James Raisbeck is a world-class aerodynamicist and entrepreneur possessing a broad understanding of airplane technologies and their economic implications on airplane operation. Viewing an aircraft as a holistic design, he sees reductions in drag, increases in lift, better take-off, climb, cruise and landing performance along with simplification of operations, improvements in payload capability, extensions of service life, and many other factors as an exquisite compromise to be optimized to better serve the airplanes' missions and the needs of their owners and operators. He has developed a finely tuned team of talented members who together bring reality to their technical dreams.

James is a Wisconsin native who joined the Air Force shortly after high school graduation, where he became a flight engineer and launched a long-time association with airplanes. He then attended Purdue University to earn a degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering. His career includes employment with The Boeing Company as a Research Aerodynamicist and as President and Chief Engineer at Robertson Aircraft Corporation. In 1973 he founded Raisbeck Engineering where he is Chairman and CEO. Extensive information about James’ many accomplishments is available on many websites, including those of his company and the Museum of Flight Pathfinder Wall of Fame. Consider interviewing people who know him. Please do your research on this astonishing leader prior to writing your essay.

For those of us in the RAHS learning community, Dr Raisbeck is our hero—an extraordinary individual who came forth to support our school when we were nomads looking for a permanent home. He first visited our school in 2007 after being invited by an AHS student, Sebastian Hill. We were then at our second interim site, the old Olympic school in Des Moines. While James thought the facility was primitive, he was intrigued by the pedagogy and learning taking place inside our classroom walls, and entranced by our students. Deeply concerned about the deficit in STEM education in America, he saw the opportunity to set an example for the world here in Seattle. The rest is history—he came back often to learn more about our teaching and learning model and get to know students and staff; he was relentless in networking with his associates in the aerospace industry to tell the story of our school and encourage their involvement and support; and was the first to help build the incredible school that we now know as Raisbeck Aviation High School. His pledge includes resources for an annual scholarship for a student whose goal is to pursue an engineering degree and career in the field that has brought so much reward to him, both personally and professionally.

James’ RAHS “Storyboard” is featured on the first floor, East Wing of our school. It reflects the values that led to his success, and that he hopes will inspire students to pursue their own goals, hopes and dreams. To be considered for a James D. Raisbeck Legacy Scholarship, please write a 500-700 word essay that addresses how your goals and values align with Dr Raisbeck’s.

They are:

  • Start early on a goal! Do you have a passion? Has it evolved into a goal or goals? Please share these goals with us in your essay. Be specific about the field of engineering you wish to pursue, the university you plan to attend, and the company (or type of company) for which you envision working. Address how your interests were inspired.

  • Keep feeding your goal! Speak to what you have done to develop your knowledge and skills in engineering and elsewhere to support your passion and goals.

  • Have the courage of your convictions! How do you persevere toward your goals when met with adversity?

  • Capitalize on your opportunities! What have you done to both create and leverage opportunities to advance your goals?

  • Pay it back…Pay it forward! If you are a scholarship recipient, how will you do so?


One award of $5,000 or two at $2,500 each, depending on applicant qualifications.

Eligibility: 3.0 GPA or higher or explanation of circumstances that have caused a lower GPA.

Please read the information about Dan Hartley, then write an essay of approximately 500 words in which you describe how you exemplify (or envision yourself exemplifying in the future) the characteristics that defined Dan Hartley. Be specific about each of the seven characteristics.

Dan Hartley was President of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and a Boeing engineer. He was highly respected in the aerospace community, and we were very fortunate to have him as an early supporter of Aviation High School. Dan passed away on his 70th birthday, prior to the opening of our school in 2004, but during our planning years he was relentless in championing our cause with legislators, school personnel and board members, leaders in aviation and aerospace, and members of the local community.

He loved the idea of a theme-based high school that would allow students to learn in the context of aviation and aerospace, inspiring their passion for science, technology, engineering and math.

He also loved young people and would go to any lengths to support their goals and dreams. Dan truly believed that the “sky is NOT the limit!” Upon his passing, his family asked that those wishing to honor Dan’s memory make a contribution to Aviation High School. Over the past several years, our PTSA has held an annual Dan Hartley Potato Dinner and certain designated auction items to keep Dan’s legacy alive and to raise funds for scholarships. The very first awards were presented to students in the Class of 2008.

Colleagues, friends and family often characterized Dan Hartley as:

  • a no-nonsense political activist for the aerospace industry. Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes stated, “Dan told us things we needed to know…it wasn’t always warm and fuzzy, but I never had a hard time diagramming one of his sentences to get the point.”

  • an engineer’s engineer

  • a Renaissance Man

  • a student of global trade issues & global competitiveness whose ideas were solicited by congressmen and senators and government leaders

  • a man with a tremendous depth and breadth of knowledge, skill, and commitment

  • a person driven by concern for the next generation. One of his notes to SPEEA members closed with, “Our children’s generation will do worse than their parents’ generation only if we ignore technology.”

  • a family man…”Dan loved his job and the aerospace industry, but he always had his priorities right….wife, Marian and the kids were the love of his life.” (Rita Creighton)

  • Dan was a 30+ year U S Air Force veteran, retiring as Lt Col; he was a veteran of the Korean War era and of the Viet Nam War.


Two awards of $1,000 each anticipated. Rotarians make final determination.
All seniors were invited to apply for the Rotary Awards. Rotary considers applicants from three schools: Raisbeck Aviation High School, Seattle Christian, and Foster High School. To be considered for an award, you must have already completed the Southcenter Rotary Application. Recipients will be announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1st.


One award of $1000
All students eligible for the RAHS General Scholarship may apply. Preference will be given to students wishing to pursue pilot certification; however, anyone planning to pursue a career in an aviation-related field is eligible for this award. Submit a brief explanation (one or two paragraphs) of how you would use this award. It is acceptable to use your award for flight training if related to your career goals. The award is designated for a deserving student pursuing a pilot carrier

Criteria preferred: Desire to become a pilot, extracurricular aviation activities, GPA, south King County resident.


One award of $1,000

Eligibility: 3.0 GPA

Please read the information about Mrs. Creighton, then write an essay of approximately 500 words in which you describe how you exemplify (or envision yourself exemplifying in the future) the traits of Mrs. Creighton. Choose at least three characteristics to write about. More information about Rita can be found through an Internet search.

Rita was the Community Relations Director for King County International Airport at Boeing Field. She was also a former Highline School District employee and State PTSA President. To many of us at Raisbeck Aviation High School, she was our wingman, our networker extraordinaire and connection to the broader world of aviation and aerospace. Most importantly, she was our friend. She believed in the mission of Raisbeck Aviation High School and was unyielding in her commitment to doing whatever it took to establish RAHS as a premier model for science, technology, engineering, and math. She captured the attention of state legislators and local politicians, small and large business owners and operators in the aviation community, and anyone who would listen long enough for her to tell the story of Raisbeck Aviation High School. Rita was a woman of integrity and action. She dearly loved the students at Raisbeck Aviation High School and she would be very proud to know that her legacy will be carried forward by the students that receive her scholarship award. The world was a better place because of Rita Creighton. She will expect the recipient of her award to make it even better.

Note: Rita passed away suddenly on March 16, 2008. She is survived by her son, Jeff and daughter, Courtney Chaffee.

One award of $2,000—Renewable for three additional years

Total Award = $8,000
This award is renewable for an additional three years, contingent on maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and proof of pursuing an engineering degree at a four-year university. Recipient must request continuing funds by June 30 each year by submitting a letter to the RAHS Principal with a copy of college transcript.

About Bob Larson:
Bob Larson was born in 1917 in New York City and was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of six sons. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1947 to work as an engineer in the Boeing Company. Education and family were important to Bob and his wife, Ardis. Bob earned an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska, and he provided for each of his five daughters to earn college degrees as well.
Bob worked on the Boeing 747, primarily designing the tail section, and he commuted for many years from Normandy Park to the Everett Boeing plant. When Bob retired in 1981, he began a second career tree farming in Lewis County until his death in 2008. Bob was an avid golfer and bowler, and he enjoyed spending hours in his yard tending his vegetable and flower gardens.
Bob and Ardis have twelve grandchildren. Bob was especially proud of his two grandsons who are engineers in Seattle and Portland. He would be greatly honored to know that a future engineering student will benefit from this award in his memory.


  • Acceptance to a four-year college/university

  • Clear intent and plans to pursue an engineering degree and career

  • 3.0 grade point average.

To be considered for this award, submit an essay that addresses where you will be attending college, the type of engineering degree you plan to pursue, and the career pathway you want to enjoy (example: working for a small or large engineering company, designing and innovating xyz.) In your essay, be specific about why YOU should be selected as the recipient of Mr. Larson’s award.

Rolls-Royce Spirit of Excellence Award

Two awards of $5,000 each (or combination not to exceed $10,000)

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