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News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642,

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


SALINA -- A Kansas State University at Salina student is one of only six students in the world this year to receive the Maintenance Technician Scholarship from Helicopter Foundation International.

The $2,500 scholarship to K-State at Salina's Ryan Perez, a senior in aviation maintenance and technology management from Salina, is for students pursuing a certificate in airframe or powerplant or both -- or the international equivalent.

The scholarship is based on the student's interest and determination in the helicopter industry, and it helps accommodate the industry's need for aircraft maintenance technicians.

Perez is the son of John and Penny Perez, Houston, Texas.

Helicopter Foundation International preserves the history and heritage of the helicopter and promotes the industry's service to mankind. The foundation works to help educate both the present and future generations of helicopter professionals, and promote the helicopter industry as a career choice.