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Airports Council International Award Scholarships To Aviation Students

By Daniel Baxter

April 25, 2010 - Airports Council International - North America’s (ACI-NA) Commissioners Committee awarded two scholarships of $2,500 each to deserving aviation students at the ACI-NA Airport Board Members & Commissioners Conference last week.

Recipients include Jonathan Oaks, an undergraduate student at Everglades University in Orlando, Florida, and Michael Clow, a graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

“The Commissioners Committee is proud to award scholarships to these two exceptional students,” said Elsie Rast Stuart, Chair of ACI-NA’s Commissioners Committee and Chairman of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

“Not only do these students exemplify academic excellence and leadership, they represent the future of the aviation industry and the Committee strongly believes that they will have a positive impact in this field.” 

The Commissioners’ Committee Scholarship is designed to encourage and promote excellence in the educational areas necessary for effective airport management or operation. The ACI-NA Commissioners’ Committee has awarded more than 30 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 to students within the past 17 years. 

ACI-NA Commissioners established the Scholarship Fund in October 1993 to recognize students with high academic achievement who are working toward a career in airport management or airport operations. The scholarship program recognizes the importance of the highly specialized education necessary for an individual to receive to fill the extremely complex and multi-disciplined role of being a professional airport administrator or airport operator. 

To effectively run today’s modern aviation facilities an airport manager or airport operator must have high levels of management, operational and accounting skills coupled with some aviation experience. 

Jonathan Oaks attends Everglades University in Orlando, Florida where he will complete his Masters Degree in Aviation Technology in the fall 2010. He has earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 for his academic work in Aviation Technology, and his goal upon completing the program is to secure an airport management and/or operations position. 


Michael Clow attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and is working to receive a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in aviation management. Clow currently serves as the senior manager for Tallahassee Regional Airport, and his goal upon completing the program in May 2011 is to serve as a director for a commercial service airport. 

Airports Council International - North America represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Over 325 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.

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