By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Perhaps you are a full-time college student, working diligently to someday work in the aviation field. Your dreams involve the wonder of flight. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance has partnered with the Arizona Business Aviation Association to help students realize those dreams by establishing the Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation.
Applications are being accepted now for the scholarship which is being awarded in November. The scholarship was established to promote leadership and resourcefulness in students enrolled in aviation degree programs across Arizona. The recipient receives $3,000 toward his or her tuition at an Arizona college or university.
Last year's scholarship winner is Caroline Gleb, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. Gleb was awarded the scholarship as she works toward an Aeronautical Science degree with a minor in Aviation Safety. Gleb had maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while also working as a dispatcher and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has also served as vice president of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.
Applicants for this year's scholarship must prepare a three-minute video biography and the video should address three main points: First, what does a career in aviation mean to you? Second, share something you have done to demonstrate resourcefulness and challenge. And third, how would you like to improve the aviation industry in Arizona?
In addition to the video, candidates also need to submit a completed and signed application, resume and two letters of recommendation: one personal reference (who cannot be a family member); and one professional reference from a teacher, employer, or supervisor. Recommendations should highlight the candidate's integrity, determination and resourcefulness. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and all video applications must be postmarked by Oct. 25, 2013 to be considered.
John Washington is a board member at the AZBAA and says the organization exists for the purpose of education. "We help educate the members of the organization about what's going on in the regulatory environment that will affect them, we help educate the members about each other and how they can work together and network."
Washington says, "We see the scholarships as another form of education, another piece of the mission. To try and help promote among the folks interested in aviation and interested in pursuing aviation as a career the unique opportunities within business aviation that the ordinary person might not think of."
This is the fourth year that Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance and the AZBAA have partnered on the scholarship. Past winners include Andrew Cochran, who studied Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle and Matthew Grega, who is working on a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle.
Maybe your career goals involve piloting our air ambulance medical jets. Or perhaps your interests lay elsewhere in the aviation world. If you are working toward a degree in the aviation field, you are urged to apply for Angel MedFlight's Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation, presented in partnership with the Arizona Business Aviation Association.