AEA Educational Foundation awards more than $125,000 in scholarships for 2017-18 academic year

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, June 29, 2017 -- The Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announced the names of the individuals who were awarded scholarships worth more than $125,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.

The individual recipients are as follows:

  • Chuck Freeland Memorial Scholarship: Melvin Pano, Lanesboro, Massachusetts
  • Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship: Dominick Hill, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • David Arver Memorial Scholarship: Mark Ellis, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Duncan Aviation Scholarship: Derek Tramper, Rockford, Michigan
  • Dutch & Ginger Arver Memorial Scholarship: Denny Reed, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Field Aviation Scholarship: Madison Mannen-Resendes, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Garmin -- Jerry Smith Memorial Scholarship: Nathan Shaffer, Canton, Michigan
  • Garmin Scholarship: Lynze Price, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Gene Baker Memorial Scholarship: Daniel Hernandez, Austin, Texas
  • Gogo Business Aviation Scholarship: Mario Del Boccio, Carbondale, Illinois
  • Jim Cook Honorary Scholarship: Hannah Fox, Strafford, Missouri
  • Johnny Davis Memorial Scholarship: Nancy Mora, Graham, North Carolina
  • L3 Aviation Products Scholarship: Trevor Gross, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Lee Tarbox Memorial Scholarship: Samantha Cortese, Athens, Georgia
  • Leon Harris/Les Nichols Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology: Albertyn Brown, Vinita, Oklahoma
  • Marshall Temple Memorial Scholarship: Connor Peechatka, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Scholarship: Josey Patrick, Mokane, Missouri
  • Monte Mitchell Memorial Scholarship: Neema Fallon, Jacksonville, Florida; Seth Armstrong, Middlebury, Vermont
  • Sporty's Foundation Flight Training Scholarship: Joshua Pageau, Vero Beach, Florida; Jason Wallace, Salem, Oregon
  • The Stone Foundation Scholarship: Alex Brader, Zionsville, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Taylor Memorial Scholarship to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology: Charles Herr, Boles, Arkansas
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp. Scholarship: David Green, Daggett, Michigan

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 2018-19 academic year can be made after Oct. 1, 2017, at

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


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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.