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Pilot Club of Many sets up scholarship at Northwestern State
Jul 05, 2012 | 370 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Pilot Club of Many has initiated an endowed scholarship through a donation of $15,000 to the Northwestern State University Foundation that will benefit a student whose field of study will impact individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or have a brain-related disability. Likely candidates would be students majoring in education, social work, counseling, nursing or biology/pre-med. First preference will be given to a graduate of Many High School with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. The scholarship will be a one-time award presented annually to an incoming freshman chosen by a committee at Many High School.

The ideal recipient for the award “would be a student whose concentration is focused on helping those who have suffered strokes, brain injuries or brain-related disorders,” said Barbara Crow, club officer and Pilot International Foundation representative.

According to Many Pilot Club President Jan Varnado, the philanthropic focus of the Pilot Club International is the prevention and treatment of brain injuries and brain disorders. Varnado said the Many Pilot Club, a service group chartered in 1972, is disbanding and proceeds from the sale of the Pilot Club House are being dispersed to organizations that support the club’s mission.

“We are so pleased to be able to do this,” Varnado said. “We always looked forward to presenting an annual scholarship to a Many High School graduate and this will ensure that the award will continue, even though the Club is no longer there.”

“Scholarships are a priority for Pilot International,” said Pansy Morgan, Pilot Club secretary. “This guarantees that a student from Many High School will receive this scholarship and go on to work in a field related to brain injuries.”

“We are happy to accept this on behalf of the Foundation,” said Drake Owens, outgoing executive director of the NSU Foundation. “The strength of Northwestern State’s programs in education, special education, social work, counseling, biology and nursing align with the Club’s goals of assisting individuals with brain injuries through professional medical treatment, therapy and advocacy.”

For information on making a contribution to support the Pilot Club of Many Scholarship, contact Jill Bankston, associate director of Development, at (318) 357- 4241 or e-mail

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