Mark Todd Jr., of Lake Worth, Texas, is the first recipient of the AOPA Scholarship through the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) to help students pursue careers in aviation. Todd, 25, is a private pilot who holds a business degree from California State University. To improve his knowledge of aircraft systems, Todd returned to Fort Worth to attend the aviation maintenance program at Tarrant County College. He currently works as a parts procurer for Texas Aviation Services in preparation for a career in aviation maintenance. Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, AOPA will contribute $2,000 annually for five years to AEA's Educational Foundation Scholarship program. The AOPA Scholarship will be available to high school seniors or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program.
May 15, 2006