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Scholarship Helps a Young Mother Achieve Her Dreams


Non-traditional aviation student Erica Gilbert had always dreamed of a “different and exciting” career, but initially struggled to get those dreams off the ground. The Georgia native enrolled in a nearby college right out of high school, but her parents’ divorce altered her plans.

Aviation Program Expands Fleet


Eastern Kentucky University recently purchased two additonal Cessna 172s aircraft to add to its fleet of more than 20 aircraft in the Aviation program.

Five Aviation Students Earn SEC-AAAE/SAMA Scholarships

SEC-Scholarship 2019

Five students in the Aviation Program at Eastern Kentucky University were recently awarded scholarships from the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) and the Southeast Airport Manager’s Association (SAMA). Each scholarship, to be applied towards the cost of tuition, is valued at $2,000.

Aviation Adds Three Aircraft to Fleet


The EKU Aviation program recently added three aircraft to its fleet in an effort to support increasing demand from students. The planes, Cessna 17 R and S models, arrived within the last month and will be flown extensively according to Aviation Program Director Dennis Sinnett.

Volunteer Experience Takes Off in Support of Kentucky Veterans


A little more than a year ago, a small group of students from Eastern Kentucky University’s Aviation Program arrived at Blue Grass Airport with the understanding they would be helping a local organization setup for an event to honor veterans. The instructions were simple: show up, volunteer for a few hours, and go home.

Aviation Program Awards Annual Scholarships

Sinnett HC 2019

Five Aviation students were recently awarded scholarships at a ceremony held at Central Kentucky Regional Airport. The event, which took place on EKU’s Homecoming Weekend, was attended by faculty, staff, and both current and former students. The amount of each award varies and are available exclusively to currently enrolled students in the Aviation Program.  

Interested in Being the Student Speaker at CBT Graduation?

Caroline Stuhr, Spring 2019

We are happy to announce that the College of Business and Technology (CBT) is offering a $250 stipend to a graduating student to develop and give a speech at the Fall 2019 Graduation Ceremony!

Aviation Students Claim Top Honors for Second Straight Year at National Aviation Conference

Maggie Smith and Adam Ackermann

Five aviation students recently attended the 91st Annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Conference in Boston, highlighted by a top finish in the Academic Research Competition for the second straight year.

Aviation Students Recognized at SEC-AAAE Conference

(L-R) Adam Ackermann, Todd Hauptli, AAAE President and CEO, and Dustin Haubner

Two students from EKU’s Aviation program were recently recognized at the 2019 Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) Conference for their academic achievements.

Aviation Students Visit United Airlines and O’Hare International Airport

Aviation students in front of Willis Tower

Nine student members of the recently formed Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Club, a student organization which focuses on careers in the airline industry, recently participated in an exclusive tour of United Airlines and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

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