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Two Students Earn EAA/DAHER-SOCATA Scholarships

Recipients will work overseas at Socata facility in France

April 10, 2012 - Anna Bobrowski of Valparaiso, Ind., and Ryan Leeward of Belleview, Fla., will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year's EAA/DAHER-SOCATA International Scholarships.

The internship program is now in its sixth year. Each recipient receives a five-week internship at DAHER-SOCATA's Tarbes facility in France, located in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains, followed by a week at the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh where they'll help Socata during EAA AirVenture 2012. All travel, lodging, and work experience is included, as well as a side trip to the Airbus facility at Toulouse. For an aspiring student working toward a career in the aviation industry, it's a dream situation.

"This opportunity with EAA gives a one-of-a-kind experience for these internship recipients," said Nicolas Chabbert, President of Socata North America. "They will spend some time with us, in their field of choice, such as marketing, production, organization, design, support or service. It will make a difference in the future careers of the interns."

While DAHER-SOCATA is currently providing American students a chance to study abroad, the company has encouraged EAA to find companies in the U.S. willing to share such an experience with young people from other parts of the world. For instance, the two interns will have the opportunity to interact with Socata employees as part of a unique cultural exchange.

"DAHER-SOCATA's commitment provides an incentive, a challenge to EAA Young Eagles, an opportunity for them to explore a variety of career directions within the aviation field first hand, to see what the future holds," said Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of business and donor relations. "For a student, nothing is more important. The cultural exchange, the educational opportunities, and the impact on their lives are tremendous."

Bobrowski is junior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., majoring in aviation and airport management with a minor in organizational leadership. Her career goal is to work as an airport manager or as an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"I am very excited to learn about the various aviation disciplines and study abroad in the Daher-Socata facility," Bobrowski said. "I am also looking forward to sharing what I will learn with the students at the EAA Young Eagles Camp. Once again, thank you for giving me the privilege to be a part of this Internship!"

Leeward is a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., majoring in aerospace engineering. He is a fourth-generation aviator who holds a private pilot certificate with tailwheel, high-performance and complex aircraft endorsements.

"Thank you for selecting me! I'm honored to be given this opportunity to work with you at Socata," he said. "I hope I can be a valued team member while I'm there."

One of the world's leading general aviation manufacturers with more than 17,000 aircraft built since its creation as Morane-Saulnier in 1911, including the Very Fast Turboprop TBM 850, DAHER-SOCATA forms the aerospace branch of the DAHER Group, European integrated equipment and services supplier. In addition to aerospace, DAHER specializes in three other sectors: nuclear, defense and industries, and developing in three fields of expertise: manufacturing, services and transport, which enable it to offer a comprehensive package.

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