KAA Airport Scholarship

Fred A. Tupper

 Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) annual scholarship is established in the memory and honor of one of the Associations original and charter members, Fred A. Tupper.  Fred Tupper was the Airport Manager of Winfield-Arkansas City Strother Field Airport for many years, beginning his airport administration career in 1969. 

In addition to his membership in the KAA, Fred was also an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the South Central Chapter of the AAAE, as well as an active member in many local civic and community organizations.

Prior to coming to the Winfield, Kansas area Fred was a career U.S. Army officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was a combat veteran of World War II and in addition to other battle campaigns participated in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944.  Fred was combat wounded in 1945.  He was also a combat veteran of the Korean War.

The KAA selected Fred A. Tupper as the honorary of its scholarship program because of the high standards, values, ideals, image and respect that he represented and brought to our industry.  

Each year, the Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) awards a $1500 scholarship. The Fred A. Tupper Airport Scholarship is awarded to students attending college or other post-secondary institutions obtaining an education in the field of aviation. It may also be awarded to personnel at airports for continuing education or training that promote education and awareness in the airport profession.