NATCA Scholarship Program
Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients!
NATCA is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Scholarship Program. Out of the 21 scholarship winners, Myah Bauman (pictured right), daughter of NATCA member Charles Bauman (Minneapolis-St. Paul ATCT, MSP) was given the President’s Award, a $2,000 scholarship. The other winners, listed below (with member’s name in parenthesis), received a $1,000 scholarship:
Daniel Aulbach (Jeffrey Aulbach, Boston Center, ZBW)
Read Daniel’s essay here
Isabella Bissett (Thomas Mauro, Washington Center, ZDC)
Read Isabella’s essay here
Samantha Bye (Theodore Bye, New York TRACON, N90)
Dylan Forde (Dawn Forde, New York Aircraft Certification Office, EE1)
Read Dylan’s essay here
Paige Gregor (Matthew Gregor, Green Bay ATCT, GRB)
Blake Jackson (Rexford Jackson, ZDC)
Kayla Jones (Nathaniel Jones, Cleveland ATCT, CLE)
Read Kayla’s essay here
Marissa Maestas (Lawrence Maestas, Denver ATCT, DEN)
Read Marissa’s essay here
Hailey Martinez (Chris Martinez, Myrtle Beach ATCT, MYR)
Read Hailey’s essay here
Gavin Ray (James Ray, Dallas-Fort Worth TRACON, D10)
Zachary Rodenhurst (William Rodenhurst, Oakland Center, ZOA)
Elizabeth Romano (Frank Romano, Los Angeles Center, ZLA)
Read Elizabeth’s essay here
Carson Smith (Kimberly McCann, Houston Center, ZHU)
Juliet St. Julien (Michelle Freyre, New York-JFK ATCT, JFK)
Thomas Statz (William Statz, Fort Worth Center, ZFW)
Alexandria Stephenson (Christopher Stephenson, Memphis Center, ZME)
Read Alexandria’s essay here
Kelsey Theilen (Kyle Hare, Kansas City Center, ZKC)
Read Kelsey’s essay here
James Tourin (Todd Tourin, New York Center, ZNY)
Read James’s essay here
Sera Vornherder (Jonathon Terry, Fayetteville Grannis ATCT, FAY)
Bree Witt (Daniel Witt, Omaha TRACON, R90)
Read Bree’s essay here
The students were asked the question, During a crisis, like COVID-19, many workers have been able to perform their work from home. Many essential workers, like air traffic controllers, are unable to do so. Describe in 500 words or less: “What has NATCA been able to attain on behalf of the professionals we represent through advocacy, collaboration and negotiations?”
Bauman’s essay is below:
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a term I grew up with, but never fully understood until more recently. It was always fun to tell my friends that my Dad was the guy in charge of where the planes went on the runway in the big, fancy tower. Who else could really say that about their dad? I remember countless trips to visit him up in the Tower or down in the TRACON, and he was always so happy to be doing his job. I realize now, after experiencing most of high school and multiple jobs, that you must be supported at your place of employment. My research has shown that NATCA’s goal is to do exactly that.
This summer, a statement was published in response to the racial injustice shown in the murder of George Floyd. The Union did not hesitate to declare support for Black Lives Matter and the peaceful protests against the unfair and racist situation. Stating that, “Inequality and racism are labor issues because they also are workplace issues” strengthened the need to stand by the air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation professionals they represent. Showing such a strong statement made it clear that this union will never shy away from advocacy of who they represent.
Amidst the global pandemic, the whole world has been flipped upside down. Travel has obviously been limited and everyone has had to adjust to a new precautionary way of life. NATCA and the FAA had to work very closely to figure out new protocols and schedules, in the safest way possible. Collaborating on big decisions, such as terminating training, could only happen after discussing all of the facts.
I found out recently that NATCA negotiated with the US House and Senate to fix part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020. This act previously left out members of the FAA from receiving the 12-week paid parental leave. I asked my dad what he did when my younger brother and I were born, and I was shocked to hear that he had to use four weeks of unpaid leave. Balancing financial life as a young professional can be difficult, so having paid parental leave is even more crucial. NATCA understands this, and quickly put in the work for making corrections to the NDAA. Since the Act was executed in December of 2019, NATCA went through all of the steps, proposals, negotiations, and secured House and Senate versions of the new bill.
Clearly, NATCA has shown no hesitation when speaking for and representing their professionals. Publishing statements to fight against bigotry, collaborating with the FAA, spending months advocating for paid parental leave, and creating an environment where people like my dad can be happy doing their job. These all add up to create a strong Union, one that represents and cares.
The 2022-2023 Program
Details, including the deadline to apply in 2022, will be posted here later in 2021.
Eligibility: This scholarship fund is established for the spouses, children, stepchildren, and legally adopted children of active, retired, and deceased NATCA members with continuous membership in good standing of at least two years. These scholarships are for full-time attendance at accredited colleges and universities within the United States and its territories for an undergraduate degree program.
Award Criteria: NATCA will administer the award of scholarships based on a lottery system. Applicants must apply in writing via the online application to the NATCA National President no later than March 1 for college/university attendance within that calendar year. Applicants must also submit a qualifying 500-word essay. The application period for 2021 is now closed. NATCA will notify applicants as to whether they will receive the scholarship by April 30, 2021.
Essay Instructions: The essay should be no more than 500 words. The NATCA President and Executive Vice President will judge applicants’ qualifications for the lottery based on the applicant’s completed application, which must include the essay.
During a crisis, like COVID-19, many workers have been able to perform their work from home. Many essential workers, like air traffic controllers, are unable to do so.
Describe in 500 words or less: “What has NATCA been able to attain on behalf of the professionals we represent through advocacy, collaboration and negotiations?”
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021 to be considered for the 2021-2022 school year. NATCA will notify applicants as to whether they will receive the scholarship by April 30, 2021.
The Scholarship period is closed, please check back on Jan 1, 2021 for the next application period.