More than $125,000 in scholarships awarded through the AEA Educational Foundation

Recipients announced at the AEA International Convention & Trade Show

NASHVILLE, TENN., March 14, 2014 -- During the 57th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, the Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announced the names of 22 individuals who were awarded individual scholarships worth more than $125,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

This year, the AEA was honored to administer the inaugural Monte Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, a $1,500 award to a member technician attending their first AEA International Convention & Trade Show; the Chuck Freeland Memorial Scholarship, a $3,500 award for an AEA member to pursue their private pilot's license; and The Stone Foundation Scholarship, a $1,000 annual award presented to an aspiring avionics technician or aviation maintenance technician.

The AEA scholarships and the individuals who were awarded include:

  • Leon Harris/Les Nichols Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology: Joshua Bauder, Greenbrier, Ark.
  • Tom Taylor Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology: Cole Andrews, Ramona, Calif.
  • Thomas J. Slocum Memorial Scholarship to Redstone College: Kacie Broemmelsick, Northglenn, Colo.
  • Aircell Scholarship: Paul Xavier, Carbondale, Ill.
  • L-3 Aviation Products: Cody Wright, Ridgeway, Va.
  • Lee Tarbox Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Pacific Southwest Instruments: Justin Barnes, Cynthiana, Ky.
  • Garmin Scholarship: Joshua Hundley, Rochester, Ill.
  • Field Aviation Scholarship: Brian Champion, Marsh Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada.
  • Duncan Aviation Scholarship: Josue Rodriguez, Duluth, Ga.
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Scholarship: Brittney Frizzell, Dearborn, Mich. 
  • Rockwell Collins Scholarship: Maxwell Gale, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Garmin - Jerry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Dominic Valenti, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp. Scholarship: William Hernandez, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • The Stone Foundation Scholarship: Alex Hamberger, York, Penn.
  • David Arver Memorial Scholarship: Colton Phillips, Wichita, Kan.
  • Dutch & Ginger Arver Memorial Scholarship: Nathan Croak, Ypsilanti, Mich. 
  • Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Johnson, Lakeland, Fla. 
  • Lowell Gaylor Memorial Scholarship: Jonathan James, Duncanville, Texas.
  • Gene Baker Memorial Scholarship: Sara Fox, Erie, Penn.
  • Jim Cook Honorary Scholarship: Juan Miguel Sanchez, Milton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship: Danny Sanburn, Wichita, Kan.
  • Chuck Freeland Memorial Scholarship: David Sprouse, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Monte Mitchell Memorial Scholarship: Keith Hendershot, Hyannis, Mass.

The AEA Educational Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the general aviation maintenance and aircraft electronics industry. The intent of these scholarships is to identify and reward those individuals who best exemplify the qualities that lead to success in the aviation industry.

The Foundation was created in 1990 to enhance, promote and secure the future of aviation maintenance and the AEA by furthering the education of students, technicians, members of the AEA and others as determined by aviation industry needs.

Since its inception, the AEA scholarship program has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $40,000 each. Requests for complete scholarship packages for the 2015-16 academic year can be made after Oct. 1, 2014, online at

For more information about the AEA Educational Foundation, contact Mike Adamson, the Foundation's executive director, at 816-347-8400 or send emails to


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Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association represents nearly 1,300 member companies in more than 40 countries, including approved maintenance organizations specializing in maintenance, repair and installation of aircraft electronics systems in general aviation aircraft. The AEA membership also includes manufacturers of aircraft electronics equipment, instrument repair facilities, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, engineers and educational institutions.