The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum is proud to announce the 2012
•Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship recipients:
Ian Holloway of Concordia Lutheran High School
Paolo Guardado of Wayne High School and,
•Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport
Brian Downey of Bishop Dwenger High School
Matthew Witt of Northrop High School
All winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship to pursue a career in an aviation related field.
The Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006 in memory of Jim Kelley, a local entrepreneur and champion of aviation in Northeast Indiana. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to pursue an aviation-related degree at an accredited college or university or those enrolled in the Airframe & Powerplant (A & P) Certification program at Ivy Tech Community College, located at Smith Field Airport. To be eligible, students must submit their GPA, an essay, and one recommendation.
"The Airport Authority values its commitment to education," said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports. "Building the region's aviation community is important to us, and academics are a large part of that effort. We have no doubt that these students will excel in their careers and we're proud to aid them in their journey."
Holloway plans to study physics at Cedarville University and hopes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. Guardado will attend Indiana University to be an aerospace physician. Downey will continue his education at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with hopes of entering the U.S. Army to become a helicopter pilot. Witt is currently enrolled at Anthis Career Center and is taking A & P classes at Ivy Tech to become an aviation mechanic.
"As co-founder of the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, and an accomplished pilot, my father would be gratified to have these outstanding students continue his legacy," said Barbara Kelley Kraegel, President of the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum.