Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently awarded aviation scholarships — two from the Helicopter Association International and two from Women in Aviation International.

All four are enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, based at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

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Ethan M. Miller, of Montoursville, and Hamin Kim, of Seoul, South Korea, received first- and sixth-place Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology scholarships from HFI/HAI, respectively, that provide a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses.

Miller will attend the Airbus helicopter systems factory school, valued at $7,000; Kim — who was awarded an HFI/HAI scholarship in 2019 as well — chose the Rolls-Royce Engine factory school, worth $4,000.

Kate M. Ruggiero and Ethan J. Mutschler were among this year’s WIA recipients: Ruggiero, of Easton, received the $2,000 Flexjet Aviation Maintenance Scholarship, and Mutschler, of Mifflinburg, was selected for one of six $2,000 Pratt & Whitney Engine Maintenance Training Scholarships.

Ruggiero, who will return to the college this fall in pursuit of an applied management degree, was also awarded $1,000 from the Elisha Hall Scholarship Committee of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance. It was the second consecutive year that she was selected for that honor.

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In other aviation news, four aviation maintenance technology students attended the HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, in January. Those joining William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation, and classmate Kim were Cody C. Bentzel, of Williamsport (also a past HFI/HAI winner); Alexander J. Langeveld, of Belmar, New Jersey; and Zachary C. Schulze, of Leesport. The students also toured the Robinson Helicopter factory in Torrance, California during their visit.

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