AirMart Offers EKU Students Aviation Scholarships
Adam and Nathan, like other Eastern Kentucky University Aviation students, have the dream to be part of the aviation industry. The cost of college itself can generate a financial burden. If you combine that with flight training, it would be almost impossible without scholarships. EKU offers the only part 141 Aviation program in the state of Kentucky. The students there are also presented with the opportunity to network with major aviation names like UPS, Cirrus, and major airports around the country. It was at UPS that Adam found his love for aviation. “Both my parents have worked for UPS in crew scheduling since they began their airline career, so I grew up around the industry.” Adam grew up in the Louisville area. In addition to the aviation influence from his parents, Adam attended a high school right across an airport. “I got to watch planes take off and land out the window all day”.
Affording college and the cost attached to it can be complicated and stressful. Like many students Adam and Nathan had to overcome multiple challenges. “We all have obstacles along our path to success,” Nathan states. Adam and Nathan both self-financed their college education. Trying to minimize the amount of student loans after graduating, Adam and Nathan applied for multiple scholarships. “I worked two jobs every summer, and also worked the ramp for UPS during my winter breaks.” This experience helped Adam gain unique insight into the industry, leading him to get hired by Winner Aviation to do ground handling for Allegiant at Bluegrass Airport (LEX). Besides the financial stress that students go through mitigating work and school, they find that their personal life can be complicated as well. Nathan shared with me that he had to overcome not only financial obstacles, but personal ones as well; “I moved away to school. I am from Louisville, KY and moving away from family and friends was hard. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed me to be more focused on my career”.
Scholarships, like the AirMart one, are a huge help as they alleviate stress and help young aviators achieve their dreams. “Receiving this scholarship was a huge blessing. It funneled straight into my flight account and allowed me to pay cash for my school bills that semester, “ said Nathan. Covid impacted the aviation industry, especially the airlines. Because of pilots have branched out to different sides of aviation. Nathan said “AirMart has always piqued my interest as a company. Aircraft sales is a fascinating niche in the aviation industry.”
Adam and Nathan have different plans after graduation. Nathan is completing his commercial multi-engine add on and he plans on flying as much as he can. “I would love to fly for anyone. My ultimate goal is simply to enjoy aviation and share it with others.” Adam plans on going into the management side of aviation. “Eventually I’d like to get into airport air service development or network planning for an airline.”
Both Adam and Nathan are very successful and have advice to younger students. “Have a good work ethic. If you are self-motivated, you will do just fine in aviation. This is a fun and exciting profession, but it requires a lot from everyone, including students.” Said Nathan. Adam says “get involved in the professional organizations offered on your campus. Going to and networking at AAAE conferences is what ultimately got me both my internship and my full-time job.”
The recipients for the AirMart scholarship will be chosen in the next couple weeks. Students may apply in the future for the scholarship on aviation.eku.edu/scholarship for the Spring 2022 semester.
For more information on AirMart, visit http://airmart.com/.
Article by Julie Pinto, Marketing & Logbook Coordinator, AirMart
Published on March 26, 2021