Walla Walla University Receives Grant for Aviation Program

Walla Walla University recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust. This gift will benefit the university’s aviation program, which is currently completing a $400,000 aircraft and technology upgrade project.

Walla Walla University recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust. This gift will benefit the university’s aviation program, which is currently completing a $400,000 aircraft and technology upgrade project.


[July 21, 2008] Source: Gleaner Online

Walla Walla University recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust. This gift will benefit the university’s aviation program, which is currently completing a $400,000 aircraft and technology upgrade project.

The Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust is a non-profit, private foundation that offers grants within the Walla Walla Valley for charitable and educational purposes. One of the trust’s main purposes is to invest in non-profit agencies in order to strengthen them and enable them to become more effective at what they do. Their significant gift to WWU’s aviation program is one example of how the trust is working toward that purpose.

The gift from the Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust helped purchase a Frasca TruFlite flight training device (FTD) for WWU. This exciting, high-tech device provides a way to expose students to emergency procedures without compromising safety. The FTD was installed this month, and is now fully functional. It will play a major role in aviation classes.

Walla Walla University is fortunate to have this FTD for use in its aviation program. The only other locations of FTDs similar to WWU’s in the western part of the United States are Eugene, Ore., Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., Sacramento, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nevada. Only one of these locations, Lane Community College in Eugene, is an institution of higher education.

The purchase of the FTD was part of WWU’s aviation project, which consists of three phases. Phase one was to hire an aircraft maintenance person/faculty member to coordinate and perform the maintenance for the WWU fleet. Phase two was to purchase and install an FTD. The third and final phase of this project is to update WWU’s aircraft fleet.