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Aviation Students

If what we do matters to you, please contribute

Become one of the Distinguished Individuals who Helps Students Realize Their Dreams!

Your tax-deductible gift demonstrates that you believe in our 150+ year teaching legacy. Your gift demonstrates you care about helping our students graduate and succeed, as well as supporting class projects and labs that allow our students to learn through hands-on experience.

How To Give

Visit the Give Now page to make your secure donation online via the SJSU giving page.

IMPORTANT: When prompted to choose the designation for your gift, use the Other Purpose box to type in "Aviation Department" or "Technology Department"

OPTIONALLY: You can choose to further specify your donation for one of our high-priority funds, listed below

Our Top Priorities include

  • The Howard H. Gerrish Memorial Endowment
    Howard H. Gerrish was an educator in the true spirit of the word. Professor Emeritus,Gerrish taught electricity and electronics at SJSU beginning in 1961 in the Industrial Arts program. During his tenure, he mentored and inspired generations of teachers-to-be and technologists destined for industry. Now the Howard H. Gerrish Memorial Endowment continues his educational legacy. Established in 2008, the endowment supports the Technology programs in the College of Engineering. The gift of $420,000 will be used “to promote the Technology programs, upgrade equipment and facilities, and increase student enrollment,” said Seth Bates, chair of the Aviation and Technology Department. “This gift is special to the college because it has been given by one of our very own faculty. We are grateful to the Gerrish family for their generosity in continuing to support the program and its students,” said Belle Wei, Don Beall Dean of Engineering.
  • The Captain Rick and Dick Lane Memorial Scholarship
    The Captain Rick and Dick Lane Memorial Scholarship was established in 1975 as an expendable scholarship fund thanks to gifts from the family of the late Rick and Dick Lane. Several years ago, it became permanently endowed, In recent years -- thanks to generous gifts from Ms. Berget Jelane -- the scholarship has been able to make annual payouts used to support some of our brightest Aviation students.

Award Winner

Current Scholarships & Awards

There are multiple scholarships available for aviation and industrial technology majors! The number we're offering and the award amounts increase each year.

The scholarship applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee who will make the final decision about awards. If a scholarship indicates financial need, the student must be eligible for financial aid and must complete and submit a FAFSA with SJSU's Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

Aviation Scholarships and Awards

  • August Scherer
  • Rick Lane
  • Thomas E. Leonard

Technology Scholarships and Awards

  • Howard Gerrish
  • Industrial Arts

Additional Scholarships

Donation Contact information

Donor Solicitation, Retention & Sterardship

Melissa Johnson
Director of Leadership Annual Giving
San Jose State University
The Tower Foundation
One Washington Square
Direct Tel: 408-924-1145
Mobile: 510-847-3559

Gift Fund Administration

Leslie Rohn
SJSU Tower Foundation COO
Direct Tel: 408-924-1508


  • Jeppesen- Aviation Scholarship
  • Lockheed Martin

Enrique Taitt"Since my sophmore year in high school, I wanted to attend SJSU to complete my degree in aviation and pursue my dream career as a pilot. I have strong interests in understanding the mechanics and engineering aspects of airplanes and helicopters."

—Enrique Taitt, Freshman, Aviation
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, Department of Aviation and Technology