— Ken MacTiernan, Director AMTSociety, Chairman MSC
2011 scholarship winners
AMTSociety scholarship programs were established to provide professional training to outstanding students and established professionals from a range of backgrounds to pursue their studies in academic and specialized environments. The winners of the 2011 AMTSociety scholarships:
Charles E. Taylor Scholarship: Samantha R. Fowler. Fowler is a rising senior pursing an Associate of Applied Science degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) along with her Airframe and Powerplant certificates. She is already actively engaged in the industry, assisting with the repair and inspection of airplanes with several local aviation maintenance firms after class and weekends. Fowler is also a FAASTeam representative in the Little Rock FSDO.
Thomas “Tom” E. Hendershot Scholarship: Travis L. Beach. Beach is on course to graduate from Emily Griffith Aircraft Maintenance Training Center, Watkins, CO, in December 2011 with his A&P certificate. He has a strong mechanical background in auto repair and restorations and he works in a local auto parts supply store. Since his enrollment at Emily Griffith in 2009, he has achieved perfect attendance and a 4.0 grade point average in his classes.
William “Bill” F. O’Brien Scholarship: Dillon R. Gardner. Gardner is a senior at Alamosa High School in Alamosa, CO. Active in many school activities, he is also a four-year varsity letter winner in baseball. In the fall of 2011, Gardner will attend the Spartan College Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree Program in Tulsa, OK, and begin studying for his A&P certificate. His enthusiasm for aviation maintenance was first realized when he was 12, flying for the first time in his grandfather’s Maule.
Military Scholarship: AMT1 Todd Grote, U.S. Coast Guard. AMT1 Grote is the inaugural winner of this program. Petty Officer Grote is currently serving at Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, TX. He has more than 1,800 flight hours as a dropmaster, flight engineer, and observer. He is a flight board examiner, shop supervisor, and holds many nondestructive inspection certificates. AMT1Grote is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Embry-Riddle.
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