EADS SOCATA/EAA Scholarship Recipients Named
April 18 , 2007 — Ashley Jean Leman of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and John W. Staines of Komoka, Ontario, Canada, were named recipients of EADS Socata Internships Wednesday morning at a special media announcement held at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.
Leman, 21, is a junior at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, and is scheduled to graduate next spring with a degree in Organizational Management. Staines, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Western Ontario, London, where he's pursuing a Bachelors of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering. Both are private pilots.
The recipients will spend five weeks (June 6-July 10) in France, where they will work at an EADS Socata facility and be exposed to a variety of aviation disciplines. They'll conclude their internship serving as mentors to kids at the EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, and then attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29.
Nicolas Chabbert, Socata's worldwide vice president of sales and marketing as well as president of EADS Socata-North America, sees the internships as a way to allow young people to seize the opportunities in Europe as part of their aerospace careers.
"They will spend some time with us, in their field of choice, such as marketing, production, organization, design, support or service," he said. "They'll have the opportunity to mix with people working in the factory."
The recipients will also make special trips including two days at the Paris Air Show; a visit to Charles DeGaulle Airport; and to the Airbus plant to see where the new A380 and other airliners are built.
The selection process wasn't easy, Chabbert said. "We were very impressed by the quality of the 32 students who applied. It was an eye-opener, and a hard choice to make. We are just very excited for these two kids."
Staines said his mother received the call announcing his selection while he was busy taking an exam. "I'm so excited - I called back and they told me the good news. I am really looking forward to it."
He earned his commercial ticket in February and has been going to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with his father, Christopher, EAA 382361, since he was 9 years old. "One of the highlights of the summer for sure," he said. Staines is also looking forward to working with kids at the EAA Air Academy.
Leman, EAA 827251, was at the airport getting her first instrument flight lesson when the call came in. Her career goal is to be an airline pilot. "I'm really excited about it," she said, noting that she's been to France on two other occasions and has studied French for more than four years. "I'm not fluent by any means, but it will be neat to get a different perspective."
Leman is also excited to be attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer.
EADS Socata will provide round-trip transportation from the USA to France, as well as local transportation in France and accommodations in the homes of EADS Socata staff members. Each internship also includes round-trip transportation to AirVenture in Oshkosh, local transportation, and accommodations at the EAA Air Academy.