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Source: Raylene Alexander, 785-826-2940, raylene@k-state.edu

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

TWO K-STATE AT SALINA STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN AVIATION MAINTENANCE, WHILE SCHOOL RECEIVES TEXTBOOK SCHOLARSHIP

SALINA -- The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance is recognizing two Kansas State University at Salina students with scholarships and giving the school a $200 textbook scholarship to be used by an incoming freshman in fall 2009.

Earning $500 scholarships each from the association are Brandy Hager, junior in professional pilot and aviation maintenance, New Cambria, and Ryan Perez, junior in aviation maintenance and professional pilot, Salina. The scholarships were presented March 3 by Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation at K-State at Salina and a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance.

K-State at Salina also received the Aircraft Technical Book Company Scholarship, a $200 retail value, for being one of the two schools with the most applicants for scholarships from the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance. The Aircraft Technical Book Company offers the airframe and powerplant textbooks to the school to be given to an incoming freshman student. K-State at Salina will have a drawing for the books in the fall.

Hager received the Girard Aviation Maintenance Technician School Scholarship from the association. She holds a private pilot's license and is a qualified Blackhawk Helicopter mechanic. She has been a member of the National Guard since she was 17 years old. She has just returned from a two-year deployment in Iraq where she was a maintenance crew chief of the UH-60 Blackhawk and logged more than 150 combat flight hours. She has earned four medals for her service including the Air, Army Achievement, Army Accommodation and Iraq Campaign honors.

Perez, who received the Rice Family Helping Hand Scholarship from the association, is working on a bachelor's in aviation maintenance and is in the line maintenance avionics certificate program. He is an aviation operations specialist in the Kansas Army National Guard. Perez also recently earned a $2,500 scholarship from the Helicopter Foundation International.