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The Denny Scalise Memorial Flying Musicians' Association (FMA) Solo Scholarship is looking for nominations of exceptional student solo musicians who also have an interest in aviation.

Since the FMA's legacy scholarship program began, the group has granted an average of two or more scholarships per year and has welcomed nearly two hundred student members into their network.

Dennis Joseph "Denny" Scalise, of State College passed away on July 11, 2017. Scalise felt compelled to contribute to the growth of local student musicians who yearn to fly. To that end, Scalise donated funds in 2016 for a local student, William Knauth, to learn at AvSport of Lock Haven. Scalise's widow, Katie Scalise, has carried on Denny’s wishes and agreed with the Flying Musicians Association to name a new local scholarship in her late husband's name.

Mrs. Scalise, who has donated the funds for the scholarship, said, "Denny always wanted to become a pilot. Finally, in retirement, he saw an opportunity at AvSport. He felt wonderful in the air, flying with his mentor and friend, Paul Shuch."

The 2020 Denny Scalise Memorial FMA Solo Scholarship Program is open for nominations from music teachers and directors in the northeast Pennsylvania area. Nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2020. Qualified candidates must be a junior or senior high school music student with a passion for music and aviation. Nominations and inquiries may be submitted to

All nominees will receive a sponsored FMA student membership, an FMA shirt, and other items donated by FMA members and sponsors. The recipient of the Danny Scalise Memorial FMA Solo Scholarship will receive flight lessons at AvSport of Lock Haven given by CFI and FMA Director Professor Paul Shuch.

FMA President/CEO John Zapp said, “FMA members love assisting others who share our passions of flying and music. To be able to assist and watch our student members grow through aviation and music while inspiring others is such a rewarding experience. The program has soloed nine students, with two in the wings! There are now many additional private pilots that have come from this program.”

Zapp also noted, "We are also looking for those in the aviation and music industry who want to jump on the FMA Bandwagon to be a part of this opportunity to grow future leaders – the right way."

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