AOPA to provide scholarship, membership to MTSU students

AOPA and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) have reached an accord to help students in the school’s burgeoning aviation program. The association will fund an annual scholarship worth $7,500, and will provide membership to every student in the aviation program.

“Membership in AOPA provides benefits that can be especially helpful to students in college aviation programs,” said Karen Gebhart, AOPA executive vice president of communications. “With this agreement, MTSU students will have access to resources, products, and services that can aid them in both their scholastic and practical studies.”

“We work hard at Middle Tennessee State to make sure our aviation students are ready for the real world they’ll face when they graduate,” said Dr. Wayne Dornan, chairman of MTSU’s aviation department. “The scholarship will help ease the financial burden for some, and the AOPA membership is something that will help all of our students, during their careers here and in whatever kind of aviation career they pursue after graduation.”

As AOPA members, MTSU students will have access to the expertise of aviation technical specialists in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center at 800/USA-AOPA and the 50,000-plus pages of information available on AOPA Online. They’ll also receive AOPA Pilot and ePilot.

“Students just getting started toward a career in aviation face enough challenges, including financial and information overload,” said Gebhart. “The AOPA-funded scholarship and membership in our association will help MTSU students better address those challenges and seize the opportunities.”

November 4, 2009