More Than $100,000 in Scholarships Awarded Through the AEA Educational Foundation

Scholarship Recipients Announced During Official AEA Convention Opening Events

ORLANDO, Fla., April 8, 2010 — During the official opening of the 53rd annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show today in Orlando, Fla, the Aircraft Electronics Association announced the names of 27 individuals who were awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships for the 2010/2011 academic year through the AEA Educational Foundation.

Individuals who were awarded scholarships today through the AEA Educational Foundation for the 2010/2011 academic year are:

  • Leon Harris/Les Nichols Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology: Alexander Korzon, Shrewsbury, Mass.
  • Tom Taylor Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology: Jake Samuelson, Austin, Texas
  • Thomas J. Slocum Memorial Scholarship to Redstone College: Philip Williams, Westminster, Colo.
  • L-3 Communications Avionics Systems Scholarship: Jon Korchnak, Burlington, N.C.
  • Lee Tarbox Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Pacific Southwest Instruments: Corey Cowles, Portland, Ore.
  • Garmin Scholarship: Mark Wiederhoeft, Warrensburg, Mo.
  • AOPA Scholarship: Anthony Menning, Appleton, Wis.
  • Sporty’s/Cincinnati Avionics Scholarship: Bryce Weber, Teutopolis, Ill.
  • Honeywell Scholarship: Tamara Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Field Aviation Scholarship: Kelsey Lorentz, Lumby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Duncan Aviation Scholarship: Nathan Eisfelder, Syracuse, Ind.
  • Mid-Continent Instruments Scholarship: Joshua Norton, Wylie, Texas
  • Rockwell Collins Scholarship: Savanna Horan, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Southeast Aerospace Scholarship: Trevor Dunlap, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
  • Sporty’s Foundation Recreational Pilot Certificate (two awards): Daniel Casey of Executive Autopilots Inc., Sacramento, Calif.; Randy Nungesser of Spirit Avionics, Pataskala, Ohio
  • Garmin – Jerry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Adam Ondrajka, Marlette, Mich.
  • Bud Glover Memorial Scholarship: Mark Tiersma, Stayton, Ore.
  • David Arver Memorial Scholarship: Michael Peer, Shawano, Wis.
  • Dutch & Ginger Arver Memorial Scholarship: Lyndsey Underwood, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship: Paul Holt, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Lowell Gaylor Memorial Scholarship: Yury Rodriguez, Mansfield, Texas
  • Gene Baker Memorial Scholarship: Rachel Rice, Gresham, Ore.
  • Jim Cook Honorary Scholarship: Micaiah Shahan, Lone Jack, Mo.
  • Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship: Julianne Ringwall, Evansville, Ind.
  • Flying Magazine’s Private Pilot’s License (two awards): Bret Sheldon of Naples Jet Center, Naples, Fla.; Jason Smith of Aerotronics Inc., Billings, Mont.

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 started in 1990 to enhance, promote and secure the future of aviation 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 million in scholarships. Numerous awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $30,000 each. Requests for complete scholarship packages for the 2011/2012 academic year can be made after Oct. 1, 2010, online at The deadline for returning applications is Feb. 15, 2011.

Descriptions of each scholarship and applications are available online. These scholarships will be awarded during official opening of the 54th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which takes place from March 22-25, 2011, in Reno, Nev.

For more information about the AEA Educational Foundation, contact Mike Adamson at 816-347-8400 or send e-mails 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.