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2020 Fort Wayne International Airport Aviation Scholarship and 2020 Jim Kelley Scholarship Recipients Awarded

2020 Fort Wayne International Airport Aviation Scholarship and 2020 Jim Kelley Scholarship Recipients Awarded

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority are pleased to announce the 2020 Fort Wayne International Airport Aviation Scholarship and 2020 Jim Kelley Scholarship recipients.

The board of the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, co-founded by Jim Kelley, will award a $1,500.00 scholarship to Michael Hammer of Wawasee High School and Logan Rolfsen of Bishop Dwenger High School. In addition to the Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority will present two aviation scholarships both in the amount of $1,500.00 to Carson Howk of Bellmont High School and Benjamin Knight of Homestead High School.

Michael Hammer will graduate from Wawasee High School in North Webster and will attend Purdue University in the fall. He will be joining Purdue’s Professional Flight Program while pursuing a secondary degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

Logan Rolfsen will graduate from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. He has been accepted to Vincennes University with a major in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Carson Howk will graduate from Bellmont High School in Decatur before attending Purdue University in the fall. While at Purdue, Carson will be a part of Purdue’s Flight Program where he will pursue a degree in Professional Flight.

Benjamin Knight will graduate from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. He plans to attend Purdue University in the fall with a major in Aeronautical Engineering.

The Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006 in memory of Jim Kelley, a local entrepreneur and champion of aviation in Northeast Indiana. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to pursue an aviation-related degree at an accredited college or university, or those enrolled in the Airframe & Powerplant (A & P) Certification program at Ivy Tech Community College, located at Smith Field Airport. To be eligible, students must submit their GPA, an essay, and one recommendation. Interested applicants can direct inquiries to the scholarship committee at 260-747-4146.

Airport scholarship funds are raised through the Fort Wayne International Airport Scholarship Golf Outing, an annual event hosted by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority each August at Brookwood Golf Club. The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum scholarships are funded through the generosity of private individual donors.

If anyone would like more information on the annual Fort Wayne International Airport Scholarship Golf Outing, please contact Rebecca Neild, Air Service and Marketing Manager, at 260-446-3448.

Congratulations to all 2020 Scholarship recipients.

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 14 cities on four airlines. In 2019, FWA served 791,810 passengers –the tenth year of consecutive growth. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.

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