Scholarships and Awards
The deadline for Foundation scholarship applications is April 1st.
Epps Aviation Award of Excellence in Aviation Maintenance Fall Semester Only
A student must meet the following criteria:
- Full-time student at Middle Georgia College
- Current enrollment in any Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) degree or certificate program at the Georgia Aviation Campus
- Maintain a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 at Middle Georgia College
- Plans to be employed in general aviation upon graduation
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic and sense of professional responsibility as indicated by your overall work ethic assessment
A student must submit the following by the published deadline to be considered:
- A completed application for the Epps Aviation Award of Excellence in Aviation Maintenance
- A personal resume (typed)
- An unofficial transcript from Warrior Web
Pat Epps and Epps Aviation have come a long way since the aviation pioneer days when Epps' father, Ben T. Epps, the first pilot in Georgia, built and flew his first vintage aircraft in 1907. Ben Epps built another six aircraft designs until 1937, when he was fatally injured in a takeoff crash at the airport in Athens, Georgia, which is now named in his honor. His six sons and two of his three daughters became pilots. In 1965, Pat Epps bought a small fixed base operation at Dekalb-Peachtree airport and began Epps Air Service. The original facility consisted of a main hangar (40,000 square feet) and a shop-office area. There were 19 employees. Through the years, Epps Air Service continued to grow. Today, 40 years later, Epps employs over 200 people and is located on a total of 20 acres. The facility consists of the original main hangar, a terminal lobby, two maintenance/avionics hangars totaling 54,000 square feet, five corporate aircraft hangars, 40 T-hangars, and its own fuel farm. A native of Athens, Pat Epps is a graduate of Georgia Tech, a former USAF pilot, and has over 9,000 flying hours as a commercial pilot. He is also a recognized aerobatic pilot. In fact, he flew his aerobatic Bonanza in the first two Georgia State Air Shows here in Eastman. Pat Epps was a charter member of the Georgia Aviation Technical College . This award was created by Mr. Epps in honor of all Epps Aviation employees.