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Investing in the Future of Aviation

July 2, 2009 — Recently, Chapter 723 awarded $20,000 in scholarship money to 13 young men and women who are furthering their educations in the sciences. “EAA has to look to the future, and education is the future,” said Steve Kivo, scholarship chair of EAA Chapter 723 in Camarillo, California. Money has been raised through proceeds from donations, including $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation, and the chapter’s air show, Wings Over Camarillo.

 Applications were rated by the chapter’s board members, and then face-to-face interviews helped them select the winners. It wasn’t easy, however. With the intention of picking the 10 best applicants, in the end, 13 were selected because of they were all so exceptional.

“I was blown away by the caliber of applicant we got,” said Kivo.

Eligible candidates to receive the scholarship are students enrolled or accepted into institutions of higher learning, residents of Ventura County, California, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Kivo says giving away scholarships to help further young people’s interest in aviation and improve education is, “Something that’s absolutely vital.”
The scholarship winners make up an ethnically diverse group, something for which Chapter 723 was aiming, even though they, “…covered every single ethnic group without even trying,” according to Kivo. Need wasn’t one of the prerequisites to winning a scholarship, but it was taken into consideration, and the board “went with their gut” on selecting the most worthy applicants.    

“I’ve always been interested in scholarships, not only to further EAA, but it’s the future of our nation as a whole, in that our greatest product is education,” said Kivo.

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