The Yankton Regional Aviation Association (YRAA) announces the opening for applications for the Bud Becker Memorial Flight Training Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship was established in 2014 by the Becker Family in memory of Roman "Bud" Becker. The scholarship is one method the Becker Family is using to carry on Becker’s legacy by promoting general aviation in the Yankton Regional Area. Becker soloed on his 16th birthday, earned his private pilot certificate on his 17th birthday, received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on April 26, 2013, after having flown 70 years, and "went west" on July 28, 2013, at age 87. Hartington Airport was renamed "Bud Becker Field" on Aug. 23, 2009, in his honor. Becker was a man who had a lifelong passion for aviation, an enduring commitment to his hometown and the airport he worked tirelessly to develop, and immense pride and love for his nine children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Past winners of the scholarship came from Beresford, Creighton, Hartington, Wynot, and Yankton.

The YRAA promotes general aviation in southeastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska. The scholarship will be given to a "wannabe student" pilot or student pilot.

The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is July 15. The application for the Bud Becker Memorial Scholarship can be requested from Steve Hamilton, 303 Golf Lane, Yankton, SD 57078-1727; or email or call 605-665-8448.

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