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Deadline Approaches EAA Scholarship, Internship Opportunities

February 3, 2011 — The deadline is rapidly approaching to take advantage of several exciting scholarship and internship opportunities offered through EAA for students interested in pursuing aviation careers. The EAA Scholarship and Internship program encourages, recognizes, and supports excellence among EAA members studying the technologies and skills of science and aviation. Applicants must be an EAA member or recommended by an EAA member, with consideration given to those who are well-rounded in school and community activities. The deadline to apply for scholarships and internships is February 28, 2011.

“Scholarships and internships provided through EAA offer a meaningful and substantial way to help students with a dream to become the innovators, aviators, and engineers of tomorrow,” said Elissa Lines, EAA vice president of donor and business relations. “These opportunities are made available thanks to generous donors who are committed to creating the next generation of aviators.”

Among the featured internships is the DAHER-SOCATA Internship, which gives two students (one male and one female, either college juniors or seniors) the opportunity to visit France for a five-week internship in June and July 2011. They will work at a DAHER-SOCATA facility and be exposed to a variety of aviation disciplines. The summer will conclude by serving as mentors at the EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh and experiencing EAA AirVenture 2011.

“DAHER-SOCATA is pleased to renew our partnership with EAA on the Young Eagles International Scholarship for the fifth consecutive year,” said Nicolas Chabbert, president of SOCATA North America. “This program is a priority for us, as it helps strengthen transatlantic ties between the American and European aviation communities.”

Since 2007, DAHER-SOCATA has welcomed two students each year to its headquarters and production facility at Tarbes in southwestern France. “Bringing these future aviation industry leaders for hands-on experience enables them to understand that aviation has only one universal language - which is a shared passion for flight,” Chabbert added. “The Young Eagles scholarship also is valuable for DAHER-SOCATA, as it allows us to hear from these future professionals, who come from different areas of the U.S. and have different educational backgrounds.

“We now are looking forward to hosting the next two students at Tarbes as we celebrate our company’s 100th anniversary in 2011, to be followed by AirVenture 2011 - where they will report on their experiences in France.”

Several scholarships also are available that provide assistance for tuition, flight training, and attendance at EAA Air Academy sessions in 2011. Among them are the Harrison Ford Scholarship, which provides EAA Air Academy, flight training, and academic tuition awards, and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Scholarship, which is awarded to five students who have been accepted into Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with each award being $4,000 per year for five years.

For a full listing of available scholarships and internships and to apply, click here

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