Students take off with national aviation scholarships

Monday, April 4, 2005

Several SCSU students recently won scholarships from three of the largest aviation associations in the United States.

  • Randi Coon, a major in aviation-professional flight, was one of five who received a $5,000 Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship from the Washington-based National Business Aviation Association. The association represents more than 7,700 companies involved with some aspect of business aviation.
  • Jessica Andrie won the single $5,000 scholarship awarded this year by the Aviation Insurance Association. Members of the organization include insurance agents/brokers, claims professionals, underwriters, attorneys, associates, and others in aviation insurance.
  • Beth Wirtala, an aviation operations major, was one of three who won a $3,000 Airports Council International-North America scholarship. The organization represents airports that carry 98 percent of all passenger traffic and almost all cargo traffic throughout North America.

More than 300 students are in the SCSU aviation program, which offers the only four-year accredited bachelor of science aviation degree in Minnesota. Graduates become air traffic controllers, flight instructors, airport/airline managers, and aviation educators.

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