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Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship

The Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group will award two scholarships on March 2, 2024.


$4000 for one Private Pilot Scholarship


$2500 for one Advanced Rating Scholarship

All applicants must be paid RTAG members.

Dues cost $20 per year. To pay your dues, click here.

To apply for these scholarships, please click the appropriate button below.

Feel free to print and distribute this flyer:


Tom Pagnano was an active member of the Reno-Tahoe Aviation Group. One of his passions was flying and he loved giving young people the opportunity to learn to fly.


Sadly, he passed away on April 30th, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. You can read his obituary here.

In 2015, the RTAG BoD created the Tom Pagnano Memorial Scholarship, honoring Tom by helping young people learn how to fly.


In 2016, the RTAG BoD successfully renamed the old CAP building on the east side of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport after Tom Pagnano. The plaque below hung in that building until the building was slated for demolition. 

Tom had many friends in the aviation community and he is greatly missed. 

Who was Tom Pagnano?

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Where are they now?

Jenna became a CFI and is now flying for Spirit Airlines.

Collin now owns part of a flight school. He got his Instrument Rating and is working on an A&P.

Ethan is majoring in Aviation at university.

Levi is now flying jets for charter and is also a flight instructor.

Hannah is a CFI and is studying for the CFI-I checkride. 

Jan was a rusty pilot and is now a volunteer mentor in aviation. 

Matthew is now part of the Skywest Pilot Program.

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