George J. Priester Memorial Scholarship

The George Priester Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of George Priester, a true Aviation pioneer. Mr. Priester became an instrument instructor pilot in 1938 for the War Training Service. Eventually he trained over 700 pilots for the Civil Aviation Administration licenses and more than 1,000 pilots for the FAA.

After the War, Mr. Priester founded Priester Aviation. In addition, he was the owner and operator of Palwaukee Airport in Wheeling, Illinois from 1953- 1986. It was the second busiest airport in the state of Illinois during the 1960s, 70s and 80s and the busiest privately owned airport in the world. Mr. Priester passed away in 2006, but he left a strong legacy behind. His family has continued to be leaders in the Aviation industry.

  • Scholarship for a student with a major in aviation flight, aviation management or aviation technologies
  • Recipient must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.

Mr. Charles E. Priester
Area of Interest
College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Aviation