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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.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said Kyle Knezevich, faculty member and advisor for the student chapter of AAAE at EKU. “We continue to be grateful to the SEC-AAAE for recognizing and rewarding our students each year. They are a major part of our success as our graduates pursue careers in the aviation industry.”

Since 2015, EKU students have received more than $25,000 in scholarships from SEC-AAAE, with some students receiving the award multiple times. Among the evaluation criteria for receiving the awards were students’ academic records, school and industry involvement, work experience, financial need, and a faculty recommendation/ Additionall,y at least one of the student's dergree concentrations must be in aerospace management.

2019 SEC-AAAE/SAMA Scholarship Recipients

Adam Ackermann (Louisville) 2017, 2018, 2019

Dustin Haubner (Dry Ridge) 2018

Jonathan Giardina (Hurricane, WV)

Nathaniel Rase (Georgetown)

Nicholas Taylor (Campbellsville)

For more information on the Aivation program at EKu, please visit

Published on December 27, 2019

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