A Massachusetts flight school and community college recently announced the establishment of a flight training scholarship. The scholarship, established by Beverly Flight Center and North Shore Community College, was created to memorialize the late Michael Costales, a flight instructor at Beverly Flight Center.
The scholarship will benefit students in North Shore Community College’s aviation science program and at the Beverly Flight Center. Costales was struck and killed by the propeller of a plane at Beverly Airport on Aug. 27. The schools announced the Michael Costales Memorial Scholarship on November 19, in honor of the late Costales’ 31st birthday.
A press release quotes the director of North Shore Community College’s aviation science program, John Bosco, as saying: “The accident was an incredible tragedy, which greatly affected many. I think the establishment of this scholarship fund will offer the many of us who knew and worked with Michael to acknowledge his contributions and ensure his passion for teaching people to fly continues.”
The Aviation Science Professional Pilot program at NSCC is a joint program between the college and the Beverly Flight Center which combines college classes and flight training in order to train students to become commercial pilots in fixed-wing aircraft.
The flight training industry is in dire need of both programs and scholarships like this. Joint programs like this create a stable source of students for local flight schools and allow colleges to add a degree program relatively simply while opening a new career path for students. Scholarships are needed to help students who want to be a pilot, but can’t afford the training. With programs and scholarships designed to benefit everyone involved, we can look forward to a more stable flight training industry that is better equipped to meet the needs of the aviation industry at large.