Air Tractor’s SOAR Fund: Supporting Higher Education for Children of Fallen Pilots

Applications are open now for qualifying students.

For nearly two decades, the Student Outreach and Assistance Resource (SOAR) program has provided tuition assistance to college students who lost a parent in an aerial application accident involving Air Tractor® aircraft.

«We established this program in 2005 to support families of pilots lost while doing their part to provide safe and abundant food crops,» explains Kristin Edwards, Air Tractor vice president of sales. «With the support of Air Tractor dealers, we have been able to assist 16 students from the U.S., Australia, Spain, and South Africa, awarding more than $119,000.»

The Air Tractor SOAR Fund provides $1,000 – $2,000 per year toward tuition for qualifying students attending accredited universities, junior colleges, or post-secondary vocational-technical schools in the United States, as well as for students studying outside of the U.S.

Air Tractor, Inc. and Air Tractor dealers created the SOAR Fund to help college-bound students reach their higher education goals that may not otherwise be possible without tuition assistance. It is funded through the profit on sales of Air Tractor label G-246AT aviation replacement batteries.

For more information or to apply, visit