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 ANN ARBOR, Mich.  / February 6, 2023 / AVIATION NEWSSheltair Aviation, a leading aviation services company, and Avfuel Corporation, a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services, announce the availability of the 2023 Future Takes Flight Scholarship Program application.

The second annual scholarship will again provide $30,000 in educational funds, awarding six $5,000 scholarships to aviators across three categories: two for learning to fly or advanced pilot ratings; two for aviation technicians; and two for continuing education. By splitting funds across these three areas, the companies are able to better support the future of business aviation through a broad scope of educational and professional development opportunities.

“With the Future Takes Flight Scholarship Program, we’re giving back to the industry that has given us everything,” said Lisa Holland, Sheltair’s president. “By providing meaningful financial support to aviators pursuing a greater commitment to business aviation, we’re reinvesting in the aviation community we love.” 

Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s senior vice president of sales, said: “The Avfuel and Sheltair teams were blown away by both the breadth and quality of applications we received for the 2022 scholarship. We look forward to reading through 2023’s applicants and are honored to once again give back to the industry that has given us everything, supporting business aviation’s bright future.”   

Scholarship applications and further details are available at Applications are due on June 1, 2023. A team of Avfuel and Sheltair executives will then evaluate the applications to select the year’s six recipients based on essay submissions and with special consideration given to those facing financial hardship. The scholarship recipients will be notified in September and announced at NBAA-BACE.


Avfuel provides fuel and services—including sustainable fuel and initiatives—to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United States. Established as a supply and logistics company 50 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that surrounds the delivery of fuel—from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded FBOs. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.


Sheltair is a family-owned company that enjoys a national reputation for its superior customer focus and service-driven corporate culture. Founded in 1963 by Jerry Holland, father of current Sheltair President Lisa Holland, it is the nation’s largest privately-owned aviation network, proudly operating 15 award-winning FBOs and a portfolio of over 4.5 million square feet of aviation-related properties across the country.

Media Contacts: 

Avfuel: Marci Ammerman, Vice President Marketing, 734-663-6466, [email protected],,,,,

Sheltair: Todd Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, 407-854-1818, [email protected],,,,,