The General Aviation Manufacturers Association
(GAMA) has announced the winners of two, $2,000 aviation scholarships for
students excelling in their pursuit of aviation education and careers.
Phoebe Ellen Barber
of Lewis County High School in Hohenwald, Tennessee, as the winner of the Edward
W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award. Barber will pursue a professional pilot
degree while completing her flight training at Middle Tennessee State
University. Barber is graduating at the top of her class with honors and
The Stimpson award - named for GAMA’s founder
and president from 1970 to 1990 and 1992 to 1996 - is given to a graduating high
school senior who has been accepted to and enrolled in an aviation degree core
program at his or her chosen university. GAMA selects the winning student based
on academic skills, extracurricular activities and an essay describing the
student’s interest in aviation and his or her career goals.
In addition, GAMA awarded the Dr. Harold S.
Wood Award for Excellence to Matthew
Smith of Western Michigan University (WMU)
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Named for Wood, the founder and past executive director
of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), the award is given to
a university student who is a flight team member at a NIFA member school based
on the student’s academic abilities, extracurricular activities and an essay
describing his or her plans to pursue an aviation career. Smith, a junior at WMU,
is an instrument rated private pilot as well as a member of the SkyBroncos
Precision Flight Team.
“We’re proud to cultivate talent in the next
generation of aviators, and reward admirable traits such as hard work,
dedication to studies and community, and passion for our industry,” said GAMA
President and CEO Pete Bunce.
“We look forward to seeing Phoebe and Matthew excel and be a part of the
aviation industry in the future.”