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Students Earn EAA/DAHER-SOCATA Scholarships

Recipients to head overseas to work at Socata facility in France

Anna Bobrowski Ryan Leeward

April 12, 2012 - Anna Bobrowski, of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Ryan Leeward, of Belleview, Florida, will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of the sixth annual EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships. Each recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA's Tarbes facility in France, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2012. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it's a dream situation.

"This opportunity with EAA gives a one-of-a-kind experience for these internship recipients," said Nicolas Chabbert, president of Socata North America. "They will spend some time with us, in their field of choice, such as marketing, production, organization, design, support, or service. It will make a difference in the future careers of the interns."

While DAHER-SOCATA is currently providing American students a chance to study abroad, the company has encouraged EAA to find companies in the U.S. willing to share such an experience with young people from other parts of the world. For instance, the two interns will have the opportunity to interact with Socata employees as part of a unique cultural exchange.

"DAHER-SOCATA's commitment provides an incentive, a challenge to EAA Young Eagles, an opportunity for them to explore a variety of career directions within the aviation field firsthand, to see what the future holds," said Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of business and donor relations. "For a student, nothing is more important. The cultural exchange, the educational opportunities, and the impact on their lives are tremendous."

Bobrowski, EAA 1074366, is junior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, majoring in aviation and airport management with a minor in organizational leadership. Her career goal is to work as an airport manager or as an NTSB investigator.

"I am very excited to learn about the various aviation disciplines and study abroad in the DAHER-SOCATA facility," Bobrowski said. "I am also looking forward to sharing what I will learn with the students at the EAA Young Eagles Camp. Once again, thank you for giving me the privilege to be a part of this internship!"

Leeward, EAA 1078032, is a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, majoring in aerospace engineering. He is a fourth-generation aviator who holds a private pilot certificate with tailwheel, high-performance, and complex aircraft endorsements.

"Thank you for selecting me! I'm honored to be given this opportunity to work with you at Socata," he said. "I hope I can be a valued team member while I'm there."

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