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8 Scholarships were awarded totaling $12,000! The endowment fund is now worth $72,000 and will continue to give away scholarships year after year.
2010 Scholarship Winners
(L-R) Ryan Buttney, Kyle Newnam, David Brown, Daniel Harrington, Mike, Cristopher Fischer, Christopher Watson, Brian Basten, Melanie Murdock
Melanie Murdock received a $4000 scholarship
(Email from Melanie):
I truly feel honored for being awarded the Aviationinterviews.com 2010 scholarship. Because of your generosity I will now be able to participate in our executive transport program and gain valuable experience of charter operations. Without this scholarship I wouldn't have been able to pursue my dreams of experiencing a charter operation. Your kindness and "pay it forward" attitude has inspired me to vow to myself that one day if I can give back, then I will. Thank you so much for being an inspiration to us all and for providing us aviators with the financial support required to accomplish our dreams.
Ryan Buttney received a $2,000 scholarship
(Email from Ryan):
I am ecstatic to be named as one of the 2010 AviationInterviews.com scholarship recipients. As a 2009 winner, you assisted my attainment of my Instrument rating, and now this year you are helping fund my Multi-Engine training. In furtherance of my Southern Illinois University flight education, I will enroll in Air Executive Transport at SIU where I will fly university officials in our charter aircraft.
Thank you so very much for the overly generous scholarship, Mike. Not only is it greatly appreciated, but it is comforting that you give back to so many.
Thanks to you and all who made donations to the awards!
Kyle Newnam received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from Kyle):
I wanted to take the time to thank you for naming me as one the 2010 AviationInterviews.com scholarship recipients. You have helped me further my career by helping offset the costs to continue my multi-engine training and becoming a multi-engine instructor. I hope someday that I can repay future students through the training you will help me accomplish with your generous donation.
Thank you again for not only being and inspiration to me, but to all of the students as we go forth in our careers, and some day may we be the one who returns the favor!
David Brown received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from David):
I just wanted to send a message thanking you so much for awarding me a 2010 AviationInterviews.com Scholarship. The money will be a great help to me in developing my career, as I will use it to help pay for the multi-engine experience I need. Your website has helped so many people achieve there dream of becoming an airline pilot. It has helped me by making training more affordable with this scholarship, and by giving me information from gouges about what experience I need to be competitve to get an interview at an airline once I graduate.
Thanks again, it means so much to students knowing there are people out there who care about us and want to help us achieve our dreams.
Daniel Harrington received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from Daniel):
This is my second year as a scholarship winner, and I am more appreciative than ever. It seems strange to me that it has all happened so quickly, but next semester I will be starting my CFI training and learning how to teach the next generation of pilots. Everything has gone very well for me throughout my training, and I owe part of that to you. Receiving this scholarship eases the financial burden that comes with flight training and allows me to continue advancing. I hope to fly for an airline some day and I will never forget where I came from, and the people that helped me get there. Thank you on behalf of all of SIU Aviation for your continued support.
Christoper Fischer received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from Christoper F.):
Thank you for selecting me as one of your 2010 Aviationinterviews.com scholarship recipients. Due to your philosophy of "Paying it Forward" and giving back, I can now breathe easier knowing that my burden of flight costs and student loans has been reduced. After being awarded one of your scholarships last year, you assisted in helping me obtain my Instrument Rating. This year I will use your scholarship to aid me in obtaining my Certified Flight Instructor certificate and Multi-Engine rating.
Mike you are an inspiration to all the flight students here at SIU. I will never overlook how you've helped me get one step closer to achieving my dream of flying for a major airline. The Aviation community and SIU is truly blessed to have a wonderful giving alumnus such as yourself. Thank you for doing all that you do.
Christopher Watson received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from Christopher W.):
My family and I would like to thank you for selecting me as on the 2010 AviationInterviews.com Scholarship recipients. You and your family have been a huge help in my success at Southern Illinois University. This scholarship will help fund my instrument rating, and bring me one step closer to achieving my lifelong dream of being a commercial pilot. Your continued support of SIU Aviation and it's students is truly inspirational. I cannot thank you enough for selecting me as one of the recipients of the 2010 AviationInterviews.com Scholarship.
Brian Basten received a $1,000 scholarship
(Email from Brian):
I thank you immensely for awarding me for one of the 2010 Michael R. Peters Aviation Interviews.com Aviation Scholarships. This scholarship will help me become a multi-engine rated pilot. Your attitude of giving back is admirable and I look forward to "paying it forward" myself one day. I'm sure I speak for all SIU Aviation students that your bigheartedness will never be forgotten. What you do is an inspiration to not only myself and other pilots, but to anyone who appreciates the act of "paying it forward". I thank you again for selecting me as one of the scholarship recipients.