CW4 Zachary Dickinson Memorial - RTAG Scholarship

Zachary Dickinson Memorial - RTAG Scholarship

Sponsored by Friends, Family, and Coworkers from FWAATS and American Airlines

 The Zach Dickinson Memorial - RTAG Scholarship will be awarded to two different applicants in the amount of $5500 each. This scholarship is intended to assist in funding fixed wing flight training and expenses directly related to that training for the purpose of a United States Military Veteran or current Servicemember transitioning to a career as a civilian fixed wing pilot.


Scholarship applications will be accepted from August 15th - October 15th 2021.


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The life of Zach Dickinson

Zach’s personality was the magnet that attracted so many people to him. From an early age, he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude that was infectious. Zachary bettered the lives of those around him and his love and devotion to his friends and family will be everlasting.

Zachary achieved numerous accomplishments thanks to his unmatched drive and dedication to self-improvement. He achieved his life-long dream of becoming a pilot in the U.S. Army, where he flew UH-60 Blackhawks, followed by the C-12 Huron in the West Virginia National Guard. Zach's 18 years in the Army provided him with the training and experience needed to become a First Officer on the Boeing 737 with American Airlines. While with American Airlines, he was a consummate professional who treated those on his flight like family.

Zachary was a proud graduate of West Virginia University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 2011. He was an experienced world traveler who saw much of the world thanks to his deployments in the Army and travels with his wife and son. Zachary was an avid outdoorsman who took every opportunity to hike and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

While he accomplished so much in life, his greatest accomplishment was being a loving and devoted father to his son. Zachary had many titles in his life: Soldier, aviator, brother, son, friend, husband and most importantly, father. Truly, a life well lived that will be celebrated by those he loved.

Though Zach left us over a year ago, family and friends frequently celebrate his life through fond memories and stories. The most important thing we can all take away from Zach’s story is that no one needs to overcome life’s hurdles alone. Whether it be issues at home, in your personal life, or anywhere in between, please reach out to family, friends, or other military support programs. One phone call, to one person, could make all the difference. 

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Scholarship applications will be accepted from August 15th - October 15th 2021.


How to Apply:

    1.  Must obtain an aviation medical certificate (Minimum of 2nd class required)
    2. Provide a detailed explanation of volunteer service outside of the military with at least two references.
    3. Obtain a copy of your DD 214 (Discharged Veterans) or ORB/ERB (Current Servicemembers)
      • Please ensure social security numbers are removed or blacked out on all supporting documents.
    4. Write a professional one-page résumé.
    5. Provide an explanation of financial need.
    6. Submit an essay with (minimum of 300 words, maximum of 500 words) detailing:
      • How did you become interested in aviation?
      • What was your job while in the military?
      • What stage you are in your aviation career (i.e., private pilot, commercial, etc.)
      • What are your career goals?
      • How do you plan to use the scholarship to fund your flight training?
    7. Submit your complete application with supporting documents at the following link:




 If for any reason an online application is impossible for you, please reach out to us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will find a way to accommodate your needs.



  1. Must be currently serving or honorably discharged Veterans of the United States armed forces
  2. Must obtain an aviation medical certificate (Minimum of 2nd class required)
  3. Have access to a flight training facility, equipment, and an instructor
  4. Have transportation and availability to allow flight lessons weekly (schedule to be determined based upon the student, equipment, and instructor availability)

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicants must submit a complete application with all supporting documents.
  2. The award determination will be made on the selection committee’s evaluation of the overall quality of the application and the scholarship essay responses.


  • All submissions will have personally identifiable information removed prior to review by a selection panel to determine the winner.  The selection panel will be comprised of the RTAG Board of Directors (Erik Sabiston, Joshua Lee, Tim Kirschbaum, and Jim McClung), as well as Kevin Herlihy and Archana Dickinson. 
  • Two individual $5500 scholarships will be awarded at the 2021 RTAG convention in San Diego. 
  • Funds will be paid directly to the approved flight training facility from which the applicant intends to become certified.
  • Verification of training progress must be provided promptly upon request.
  • Scholarship selection shall be made without regard to race, national origin, sex, or disability**

*Prior criminal history will be reviewed during the process of obtaining a medical certificate

**Disabilities preventing applicants from obtaining an aviation medical certificate will be solely determined by an Aviation Medical Examiner.

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RTAG is a Veteran run 501(c)(3) non profit organization designed to help all veterans, regardless of experience, jumpstart their post military career in the world of aviation.

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RTAG scholarships assist in funding fixed wing flight training for U.S. Military veterans transitioning to a career as an airline pilot.

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