Northrop Rice Foundation Carries on the Legend of John K Northrop in the Field of Education

In April 2013 the Northrop Rice Foundation will continue its annual tradition of granting scholarships to students in the aviation maintenance training field.

The Northrop Rice Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1994.  Its headquarters is in Houston, Texas.  Its officers and board members are active and retired members of the aviation industry and aviation education fields.

John Northrop in addition to starting Northrop aircraft joined with Robert Gross of Lockheed and Charles Van Dusen in 1940 to establish the Aero Industries Technical Institute to train technicians and engineers for the coming war effort.  During the war the Institute was folded into the Northrop Corporation and after the war reestablished as the Northrop Institute of aviation technology, a separate entity.

Northrop Rice Foundation's current president is James Lukens retired Director of Commercial Training for Boeing Aircraft. Ivan Livi, longtime head of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, is the current vice president. Board members include representiatives from NIDA Corp, Avotek, AMTSociety, Del Mar College, and Alpha Bravo.

Scholarships from Northrop Rice Foundation are open to students and instructors and technicians all ready in the field.

The scholarships awarded by the Foundation consist of financial aid, books, tools, and opportunities to attend manufacturers/airlines training schools such as those conducted by Pratt & Whitney, FlightSafety and Southwest Airlines. In its scholarship programs the Foundation also focuses on assistance to returning veterans by including them with special scholarships.

The Foundation's mission is to increase professionalism and safety in the aviation maintenance field. The foundation's continued success is dependent on support from industry members. A significant level of support presently comes from the AMTSociety's golf tournament each year. The Foundation would welcome any additional corporate support as well as individual memberships. Go to the Foundation's website at for membership information.

The legend continues.