Thomas Hudner Scholarship of Honor

Captain Thomas Hudner Awarded through Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol

Captain Thomas Hudner
Awarded through Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol

As a fighter pilot in the Korean War, Thomas Hudner routinely completed his missions by air. But in a dramatic rescue attempt of a fellow pilot, Hudner executed a wheels-up landing in enemy territory and found himself battling the elements on the ground. The snow and cold of December 1950 in North Korea found Hudner thinking not of himself or the enemy, but of one fellow Navy pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first African American aviator.

President Truman awarded Thomas Hudner the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 13, 1951 for his courageous actions. He now resides with wife, Georgia, in Boston, MA.

 

 

Recipients

2016

Michael Chanda enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He is very involved with the Civil Air Patrol and pictured here at the awards ceremony.

 

2015

Lennon Mauel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He is very involved with the Civil Air Patrol and pictured here at the awards ceremony.

 

2014

In 2014, the Tom Hudner Scholarship of Honor was awarded through the Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol. Jacob Ahlf studied Wildland Fire Science and Forestry Management at UW-Stevens Point.  He is pictured here (center) with the 'crew' at the Civil Air Patrol.

 

2013

Michael Peer is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Aviation Management Degree at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He was invited to join the golden key international honour society for being in the top 15% of his class.

 

2012

Medal of Honor recipient and great man, Tom Hudner was in from Maryland to present the 9th annual Tom Hudner Scholarship of Honor to Lucas Benish.

After college Lucas would like to join the U.S. Military or pursue a civilian engineering career and work as an aerospace engineer. Last years’ recipient Margaret Viola was also able to join!

 

2011

Margaret Viola graduated from the University of Chicago in 2010 with a BA in Physics and is currently working as a science teach in Somaliland, East Africa. She is participating in Flight Lessons to obtain her private pilot's license. Margaret is pictured here with Doug and Renee LaViolette, her brother Adam and parents, Laurie and Joel.

 

2010

Shelly Schaub attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  She is studyied Elementary Education.

 

2009

Irene Trujillo plans to teach abroad after graduation from the University of New Mexico.

 

2008

Wesley Rhett Kicklighter pursued career in Aeronautical Engineering.  Pictured here with his mom, Joellen and Doug and Renee LaViolette.

 

2007

Kris Aspenson II entered the field of Aviation.  He is pictured with Doug and Renee LaViolette.

 

2006

Heidi Kline pursued a career in Commericial Aviation.  She is pictured here with Medal of Honor Recipient, Leo Thorsness.

 

2005

Tyler Sibley, United States Navy Airman. He is pictured here with Medal of Honor Recipient, Tom Hudner at the awards night at EAA.

 

2004

Jason Jarvi received the first Thomas Hudner Scholarship of Honor and entered the Aerospace Program

 

Contributors

Endowment Sponsor

The Brian LaViolette Foundation

David Konrath