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Vice Admiral John P. CurrierWhile Vice Admiral John P. Currier was noted and recognized for his transformational and servant-style leadership, Currier loved flying more than any other aspect of his work. For that reason, his wife, Mary Jane Currier, established the Vice Admiral John P. Currier Aviation Scholarship at Northwestern Michigan College - so that others may learn to fly.

John Currier pursued his passion for aviation by earning his pilot's license as a teenage boy in Maine with his first solo flight in 1971. Before long, he was flying search and rescue missions for the United States Coast Guard. Early in his career, he was recognized as International Aviator of the Year for the daring rescue of 12 men sinking in a burning fishing vessel in a Nor'Easter off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With over 5,000 flight hours in fixed wing and rotor aircraft for his beloved Coast Guard, John Currier eventually became Coast Guard Aviation's "Ancient Albatross," meaning that he was the service's senior aviator at the end of his 38 year career.

Thank you for your gift in memory of VADM John P. Currier. This scholarship provides financial assistance to aviation students at Northwestern Michigan College. The NMC Aviation Program is privileged to award the annual scholarship to students who embody the admiral's passion for flight and his love of serving.