William R. Norwood Aviation Scholarship

Molly F. Norwood, William R. Norwood, and friends established this scholarship in the name of William R. Norwood. Bill began his aviation career at SIU. After graduation and a six year Air Force career, Bill joined United Airlines in 1965 as the airline’s first African American pilot. He has continued to support aviation, assist young people, and support the SIU aviation program. Upon his retirement following a distinguished career, his wife Molly began the drive to establish this scholarship to assist students in flight training.

The William R. Norwood Scholarship was established to encourage others to excel in aviation. It is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a strong commitment, devotion, and sacrifice to aviation in the William R. Norwood tradition.

  • Scholarship for a sophomore, junior or senior in Aviation Flight with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
  • Applicants must have Federal Aviation Administration certification/qualifications in aviation flight, a membership in at least one aviation organization, and must show involvement in aviation activities which demonstrate an enthusiasm for aviation.

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Norwood
Area of Interest
College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Aviation