The Northwest Pilot’s Assistance Fund established the Backstrom Memorial Scholarship Program in 2009 in memory of Matthew, Jacob and Justin Backstrom. They are the sons of Captain Nathan Backstrom, his wife Connie, and brothers to Ryan and Charles. The three brothers, wearing seatbelts and driving responsibly, were tragically killed by a drunk driver October 10th, 2004.
“Our lives have been forever changed. through it all, God has given us hope and strength to live with purpose and to make a difference in the lives of others. We are grateful and deeply touched by the establishment of the Backstrom Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of our sons Matthew, Jacob, and Justin, for the benefit of the children of all Delta pilots.” – The Backstrom Family
Applicants of the Backstrom Memorial Scholarship Program award must be:
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $3,000 award.
One award will be named in honor of each Backstrom child:
In the event that there are not qualified appicants for all three areas of study, more than one award may be granted in one of the other areas, for a total of three (3) awards each year.
Preference will be given to those students who are home educated.
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:
Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Delta Scholarship Fund, Inc. Delta Air Lines, Delta Master Executive Council (ALPA), or the Backstrom family play any part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Delta Scholarship fund. Awards will be paid in one installment in early August.
As part of your application, you must upload the following document:
One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 3, 2022 3:00 pm CT.
Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.