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Miami Dade College Eig-Watson School of Aviation Students Win GMAA Scholarships

GMAA scholarships

(L-R) Ian M. Pico, Kathleen Suarez and Sylvia Quinn

Miami, August 26, 2011 - Three students at the renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus recently won scholarships worth $6,000 each, awarded by the Greater Miami Aviation Association’s (GMAA) Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund.  

The winners are Sylvia Quinn, currently enrolled in the Air Traffic Controller program and active in the Aviation Management Student Association; Ian M. Pico, who was on the Flight Team and plans to transfer to Embry- Riddle University after completing his flight training at MDC; and Kathleen Suarez, a 2011 Eig-Watson Scholarship recipient, who is in the Professional Pilot Technology Program and also participated on the Flight Team.

“We are very proud of our students,” said Diana D. Lewis, director of MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation. “This is a great distinction and speaks highly of our program.”

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. Ten to 12 scholarships worth up to $6,000 are awarded each year to qualified South Florida college students majoring in aviation and aviation-related programs.

The Fund is named in honor of the late aviation pioneer George Batchelor, who made a significant impact on the South Florida aviation industry and community. Thanks to a major contribution from Batchelor in 1994 and by the Batchelor Family and Foundation in 2003, the Fund has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships.


For more information about the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, please contact Diana D. Lewis at 305-237-5911.

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