Piedmont Silver Eagles Charitable Funds Inc



The Piedmont Silver Eagles started in 1978 as a organization of Retired Piedmont Airline’s pilots. This group now consists not only of retired pilots, but their widows, and other employees of Piedmont Airlines. In 2002, the Piedmont Silver Eagles Charitable Funds, Inc. was incorporated and is now a 501 (C) (3) tax exempt corporation. The purpose of the Charitable Funds is now, and has always been, a way for us to give back to our communities. We have been blessed in our lives to be able to do something we loved and, in addition, to work for a fantastic company. This is our way to say thanks. We make Grants in the three following ways:

SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS: Educational Grants will be made to students enrolling in or currently enrolled in an institution of Higher Learning. Work toward an Associates, Bachelors or Graduate Degrees qualifies. Once approved for a Grant the student needs to show progress toward his/her selected degree program to stay qualified for additional Funds. Each student could receive a total of 4 years of funding. Funding, currently at $1,000.00 per Semester, is dependent upon availability and could change in amount from year to year, again depending on availability. Application for this Grant is by way of an application form and Letters of Recommendation.

HUMANITARIAN GRANTS: Humanitarian Grants are available to members and non-members on an as needed basis when resources are available. Persons requesting this Grant should exhaust other sources of funds prior to making application. The person requesting this Grant should write a letter making the request and deliver that letter to any member of the Board of Directors. Emergency requests will be considered on an individual basis. Donations to other Charitable Organizations can be made when funds are available.

CAPTAIN’S GRANTS: Captain’s Grants are to promote Aviation and pilot training among our youth. When funds are available, these Grants could be used to support Aviation Career Days at various schools at the local level. Introductory Rides for those 15 years of age, that have not yet graduated from High School, could be financed. Flight Training toward an FAA approved license, through an established flight school, could receive a Grant.  Currently the maximum amount toward flight training is $3,000.00. Application for this Grant is by a specific application form.

To request an application, contact Capt. Danny Thurber at:  thurber4@windstream.net


  • Chairman of the Board – Bridget Beck
  • President – Wes Googe
  • Executive Vice President – Ken Duncan
  • Vice President – Capt. Clif Ferguson
  • Secretary & Treasurer – Capt. Danny Thurber
  • Member at Large – Robert Reed
  • Member at Large – Tom Primm
  • Member at Large – Ben Gilbert, PSEI Pres.
  • Member at Large – Janice Drimer


Membership Dues

$25 fees due by January 31 each year

Mail to:
Ron Beck
4502 Vickrey Chapel Road
Jamestown, NC 27282