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Prominent Aviation Group and Local Philanthropic Family Awards MDC Student with Lucrative Academic Scholarship

Joaquin Mantovani-Large

Joaquin Mantovani

Miami, November 16, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) Eig-Watson School of Aviation student Joaquin Mantovani was recently awarded $5,000 by the Greater Miami Aviation Association-Batchelor Scholarship Fund.

Fostering professionalism in aviation, the GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to qualified aviation students pursuing a career in the South Florida aviation industry. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and aviation achievement, leadership, and financial need.  

“We congratulate Joaquin for receiving this wonderful acknowledgement of achievement in his studies in professional pilot technology,” said Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs, president of MDC’s Homestead Campus. 

Established in 1927, to increase public awareness of aviation and highlight the expanding role of aviation in the community, GMAA is South Florida’s oldest civic aviation organization.

The scholarship fund is named after the late George Batchelor, whose endowment and contributions to the local aviation industry have made a significant impact to the community. 

“We appreciate the generosity of the Greater Miami Aviation Association and the Batchelor Family and Foundation in providing these scholarships to students and for their commitment to education and the betterment of our community,” added Dr. Jacobs.

”Our aviation graduates are placed in positions with leading aviation industries and contribute to the economic growth of our community.” 

The renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation’s program covers the most important areas and training required for a successful career in the aviation industry. Associate in Science degrees include aviation administration, aviation maintenance management, and professional pilot technology. 

Professional certifications include air cargo agent, airline/aviation management, airport management, certified flight instructor, and passenger service agent. The Eig-Watson School of Aviation has locations at the MDC Homestead Campus, Miami International Airport, and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport.  

For more information on the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, call 305-237-5950 or visit


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