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KAA Airport Scholarships

Fred A. Tupper

 Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) Annual Scholarship is established in the memory and honor of one of the Associations, original and charter members Fred A. Tupper.  Fred Tupper was the Airport Manager of Winfield-Arkansas City Strother Field Airport for many years, beginning his airport administration career in 1969. 

In addition to his membership in the KAA, Fred was also an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the South Central Chapter of the AAAE, as well as an active member in many local civic and community organizations.

Prior to coming to the Winfield, Kansas area Fred was a career U.S. Army officer, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was a combat veteran of World War II and in addition to other battle campaigns, participated in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.  Fred was combat wounded in 1945.  He was also a combat veteran of the Korean War.

The KAA selected Fred A. Tupper as the honorary of its scholarship program because of the high standards, values, ideals, image and respect that he represented and brought to our industry.  

The Kansas Association of Airports Fred A. Tupper Scholarship program is making available a $1,500 scholarship for Kansas citizens 18 years and older which are also U.S. citizens for the purpose of promoting individuals entering into or advancing their airort management career.  



The Kansas Association of Airports Fred A. Tupper Student Scholarship program is making available a $1500 scholarship for Kansas citizens 18 years and older who are U. S. citizens for the purpose of assisting students entering into or advancing their airport management/administration career.


The purpose of the scholarship is to promote excellence in airport management/administration by providing a scholarship to an individual attending or enrolled to attend school in an airport management/administration or similar program.

Scholarship Details:

The scholarship shall be used within six months of its award for tuition and fees, books and classroom materials, and/or school room and board for an individual in an accredited, airport management-based educational program or for American Association of Airport Executives sponsored A.C.E. or C. M. programs. Associate, undergraduate and graduate level programs are all eligible. The scholarship may not be used for past expenses nor for conference fees and expenses. The school the applicant is attending does not need to be located in Kansas.

Applicant’s Essay:

The applicant shall provide a not-to-exceed one page, double-spaced essay of their professional accomplishments, plans for a career in airport management/administration as well as their goals for work within the community and professional organizations.  The essay shall be signed and dated by the applicant. 

Letter of Recommendation:

An airport/school must sponsor the applicant and provide a Sponsor’s Letter of Recommendation (no more than one page). Within the Sponsor’s Letter of Recommendation the sponsor shall indicate their relationship with the applicant and knowledge of the applicant’s aviation interests and experience. The letter shall be on the sponsor’s letterhead, signed and dated by a representative of the airport/school.


For an application to be considered these items must be received at the address shown on the Application from or before the November 5, 2019 deadline:

1)      A completed scholarship application

2)      The applicant’s essay

3)      The Sponsors Letter of Recommendation

4)      Photocopy of the applicants State of Kansas driver's license

5)      Evidence of entry into or attendance in an accredited, airport management-related program described in  Scholarship Details

An application received after the deadline will not be considered.

Award of Scholarship:

The KAA Scholarship Committee will review all eligible applications and select the applicant that most closely meets the purpose of the scholarship.

A check will be issued directly to the scholarship recipient once all conditions are satisfied.


The KAA reserves the right to not award the scholarship and to waive irregularities as well as determine the amount of the scholarship.

The KAA will endeavor to keep the personnel information contained in the application confidential.

All other things being deemed equal, the application received first will receive preference as well as those who have not recieved a prior scholarship.

Information provided beyond what is requested on the Application Form will not be evaluated. 

The scholarship chair and point of contact is:

                                                 John Oswald, P. E.

                                                Airport Engineering and Planning Manager

                                                Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport





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