Larry Byerly Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by family members to honor the life and career of Larry Byerly. Larry grew up in the family owned aviation business which his father, R. Millard Byerly started on the old grass Mount Hawley Airport in Peoria, Illinois over seven decades ago. Larry was the former President and Co-owner of Byerly Aviation, Inc. He was a respected member of the aviation community around the world. In addition, his employees were of the utmost importance to him and Larry always considered his employees family. Hundreds of young men and women started their aviation careers at Byerly Aviation. He was one of the founders of the Illinois Aviation Trades Association and served on the Aviation Management and Flight Advisory Committee at Southern Illinois University. In recognition of his lifetime devotion to aviation, Larry was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003. Larry’s family and friends hope to support students who share the passion Larry had for aviation.

  • Scholarship for a student enrolled in Aviation Flight, Aviation Management or Aviation Technologies.
  • Recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Recipient must be a member of at least one aviation student organization at SIU.

Mr. Brian J. Siems and Mrs. Merry L. Byerly
Area of Interest
College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Aviation