April 2011, Volume 15, Number 2

Making Their Mark

Joaquín Mantovani
MDC aviation student and scholarship winner Joaquín Mantovani stands on the runway.

Aviation Student Wins Coveted Scholarship

Joaquín Mantovani, a student at MDC’s renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation, recently was awarded a $5,000 scholarship by the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) when he was selected from a group of more than 40 students competing for the honor.

The GMAA, along with the Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund, presents the award to an aviation student pursuing a career in the South Florida aviation industry. Based on academic and aviation achievement, leadership and financial need, the fund was established by the late George Batchelor, a renowned aviation pioneer and philanthropist in South Florida. The scholarship is designed to foster professionalism and achievement in the industry and community.

“George Batchelor believed in giving back to the community, in this case the aviation community, through its youth,” said Ed Cook, president of the Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund. “Mr. Mantovani has prepared well for the course he is on. His demonstrated devotion to his career field and the careful planning he has undertaken to achieve his goals made him a great candidate.”

Mantovani majored in professional pilot technology at the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, which is one of the top aviation schools in the nation and offers Associate in Science degrees in aviation administration and aviation management. The program has locations at the MDC Homestead Campus, Miami International Airport and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, where students can also receive professional certifications for careers in air cargo, airline/aviation management, airport management, certified flight instruction and passenger service.

“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 continuing commitment to education and the betterment of our community,” said Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs, president of MDC’s Homestead Campus.

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