Dependent Scholarship Fund

The SWAPA Dependent Scholarship Fund

How It Began

In the mid-1990s, a young Southwest Pilot had a career-ending accident that later also ended his life. At the time of the accident, Eddie Lowe and his wife, Linda, had a 7-year-old daughter, with second daughter on the way. After Eddie passed away, the Pilot group wanted to help the young daughters, so the SWAPA Board of Directors approved the creation of the scholarship fund.

Since 2000, more than 170 dependents of either deceased or disabled Pilots have received the scholarship.

The scholarship is a voluntary, Pilot-supported plan currently sustained with a $2 contribution per month. As a tax-exempt fund, the amount contributed is eligible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. The maximum scholarship is $7,000 per year. Half of the scholarship award ($3,500) is paid to the attending university in the fall semester and the remaining $3,500 is paid to the university in the spring semester.

SWAPA relies on our Pilots' generosity to keep the fund alive, as the donation is voluntary. Participants must contribute a minimum of $2 per month, which is taken out on the 20th pay period. If you'd like to increase your donation to the Dependent Scholarship Fund, please call 214-722-4206.


To fill out an application for the SWAPA Dependent Scholarship Fund, please click here.