LINCOLN, NEB. — Supporting local communities is one of Duncan Aviation’s core values. One way the company invests in its communities is through the children of its team members. Each year, Duncan Aviation advances the futures of 20 students through the Karen K. Duncan Scholarship program.
Each scholarship winner will receive up to $4,000 for their college education — $1,000 a semester for up to two years.
An independent committee reviewed applicants’ essays and assigned point values to them. Students also earned points for academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, career goals and extracurricular activities.
The following students from local communities will receive scholarships totaling $80,000:
Battle Creek, Mich.
Kaitlyn Reimer, daughter of Mike and Jackie Reimer
Kaitlyn wants to become a physical therapist so she can help veterans and those who’ve experienced severe injuries. She will attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College, earn her associate degree and continue on to Michigan State University or Grand Valley State University to finish her bachelor’s degree.
Emily Sulka, daughter of Mike and Tracey Sulka
Emily is a musician at heart and plans to pursue a music education degree from Cedarville University and become a band director.
Issac Swager, son of Luke and Amy Swager
Issac is still determining which field of engineering he’ll enter, but he’ll determine that once he finishes prerequisites at a Michigan community college and transfers to Western Michigan University.
Beaver Crossing, Neb.
Hannah Dale, daughter of Jeffrey and Sue Dale
After earning her Certified Nursing Assistant license and gaining some medical experience, Hannah will attend Doane College and major in biology. After graduation, she’ll attend medical school to earn a PhD in occupational therapy, specializing in pediatrics so she can one day work at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.
Tiernan Creamer, son of Gene and Paula Creamer
Tiernan will earn an associate degree in building construction from Southeast Community College. He plans on working his way to a management position and become a fourth generation pilot in his free time.
Courtney Featherstone, daughter of Rick and Stephanie Hestermann
Courtney will contribute to the medical community as a Registered Nurse after attending Bryan College of Health Sciences. She is currently licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant, gaining experience in the medical field before working on her bachelor’s degree.
Taylor Grendell, daughter of Chad and Stacey Doehring
Taylor will translate her love of animals into a degree from a premier veterinary school. Her ultimate goal is to help endangered species, either at a zoo or wildlife preserve.
Jamie Bohlen, daughter of Michael and Barbara Bohlen
Jamie wants to take on two tasks at once by double-majoring in Spanish and psychology so she can “reach as many people as possible.”
McKenna Leitschuck, daughter of Tony and Lisa Leitschuck
McKenna will earn a degree in health, wellness and public communications from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Taylor Liesemeyer, daughter of Morris and Connie Liesemeyer
Taylor wants to help children as a pediatric psychologist. This will require her to attend both undergrad and graduate programs.
Mackenzie Oneth, daughter of Paul and Kris Oneth
Mackenzie will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study sports medicine. As a physical therapist, she wants to help athletes with injuries.
Angela Spencer, daughter of Ron and Denise Spencer
Angela wants to contribute to the aerospace field after completing her mechanical engineering degree from Texas Christian University.
Chase Stokey, son of Joe and Shari Stokey
Chase isn’t certain exactly what career field he’ll end up in, but he’s currently exploring his different passions to find a career where he can perform his tasks with “complete integrity.”
Cameron Johnson, son of Brad and Lori Johnson
Cameron is passionate about technology and plans on determining whether he’ll be an entrepreneur or work for an existing company after earning a degree in computer engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Devynn Patocka, daughter of Doug and Denise Patocka
Devynn will earn a business degree so she can open up her own dog boutique and translate her love of animals into a lifelong passion and viable business.
Andrew Houk, son of Tony and Shelly Houk
After spending years working on the family farm, Andrew decided to devote the next two years to a diesel-agriculture equipment services technology degree from Southeast Community College.
Brandon Bonsell, son of Cory and Nancy Bonsell
Brandon will follow in the footsteps of many family members and earn an engineering degree. He plans on attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s mechanical engineering program. He would also like to continue his education and pursue an MBA to start his own company.
Colin Bohac, son of Kurt and Karen Bohac
Colin wants to join the Duncan Aviation team after pursuing a degree in business or accounting so he can join as a shop manager.
Travis Carnahan, son of Stacy and Julie Carnahan
Travis wants to apply his football experience to a career as a teacher/coach. He’s considering a special education degree, but he is confident he wants to help shape young minds—on and off the field.
Cale Miller, son of Robert and Amy Miller
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Cale to become an architect. He wants to become skilled enough to craft original work that will advance the architecture community and leave his own mark.
The Karen K. Duncan Scholarship program was started in 1999 and is open to dependents of full-time Duncan Aviation team members. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded annually and can be used for tuition, fees, room, board or books. Since its inception, more than 200 scholarships totaling $1,320,000 have been awarded through the Karen K. Duncan Scholarship Program.
About Duncan Aviation
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls.
Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and 27 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.
For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit www.DuncanAviation.aero.