Two K-State Students Receive Tuition Assistance
Two Kansas State University
Aviation students have been selected to receive the Cessna
Leadership Scholarship - one in the professional pilot program and
one in the aviation maintenance program.
Justin McKnight, senior in aviation maintenance, has been
awarded $2,000. The scholarship, distributed over the next two
years, can be used for tuition or to obtain flight ratings.
Samantha Scharff, senior in professional pilot, has been awarded
$3,000. The scholarship will allow Scharff to complete some flight
training in K-State's King Air as well as earn co-pilot time in the
King Air or the university's CitationJet.
The scholarships are made possible
by a gift from The Cessna Foundation Inc., Wichita, KS, to the
Kansas State University Foundation Changing Lives Campaign. The
Cessna Foundation is a private foundation that makes contributions
on behalf of the Cessna Aircraft Company, which is a Wichita-based
manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. The foundation has
contributed more than $20 million to nonprofit organizations since
it was incorporated in 1952.
"In order for the aviation companies in the United States to
continue to produce the best general aviation aircraft in the
world, we need to bring young people into the industry who have the
necessary skills and the passion to maintain that leadership," said
Jack Pelton, president of the Cessna Foundation. "We believe the
quality of the aviation programs at K-State will produce the kind
of future leaders our industry needs."
K-State has a fleet of more than 40 learning aircraft and more
Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or
university in the country. The aviation program is housed next to a
12,000-foot runway on the K-State at Salina campus, which provides
a Big 12 university experience shared by 1,000 students in a
high-tech campus environment. K-State at Salina offers certificates
in air traffic control, A&P, airport management, avionics
maintenance technology, and unmanned aerial systems; awards degrees
in aircraft maintenance, technology management, and engineering
technology; and offers an affordable professional pilot