Academy College Announces 2019 Sherm Booen Legacy Scholarship Recipient

This year's recipient of the $10,000 Sherm Booen Scholarship is Jessica Anderson.


November 1, 2019

Photo courtesy of Academy College

From Left to Right: Paul Bloch (Director of Maintenance), Corey Grape (Operations Manager – MIC), Fred Nauer (Chief Flight Instructor), Nancy Grazzini-Olson (President), Jessica Anderson (Scholarship Recipient), Roger Sage (Director of Education), Julie Falk (Operations Manager – FCM).

Established in 2016 to celebrate Academy College's 80th Anniversary, the scholarship provides $10,000 for one aviation degree seeking student pursuing a professional pilot career in honor of Sherm Booen.

This year's recipient of the $10,000 Sherm Booen Scholarship is Jessica Anderson.

Meet Jessica Anderson: Minnesota native, Jessica Anderson, still remembers the flight that hooked her into aviation, even though she was just two years old and in a car seat! Fascinated, albeit slightly terrified of heights at the time, her obsession with aviation took off from there. As a first generation female pilot, Jessica lives and breathes aviation, even inspiring her eight-year-old niece to get her pilot's license! She is passionate about giving back to her community through volunteering with children and working with outreach programs to educate and encourage others to pursue their dreams in this field. In 2014, Jessica took a chance on her dream and began to take flying lessons. In 2018, she decided to turn her dreams into a career and enrolled in the Commercial Pilot program at Academy College. Successful in both the classroom and in the air, Jessica's future in flight is very promising. Congrats, Jessica!

Sherm Booen was born on a farm near Glenville, MN. He was a B-17 civilian test pilot during World War II and moved to Richfield with his wife and daughter after the war. He then worked in radio and television and successfully published the World of Aviation and his magazine The Minnesota Flyer. WCCO TV showed his World of Aviation every Sunday morning for over 28 years. Sherm was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 1995. Over the years, Sherm became known as the voice for aviation in the state of Minnesota.

Contact Academy College at 952-851-0066, or email for scholarship details.


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