– Three Florida Tech aviation majors with flight were honored with Greater Miami Aviation Association GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarships this month. The
students, Dana Messier, Ryan Plumeau and Allen Reger, are among 14 recipients of the annual award, who shared a $70,500 scholarship fund.
“The individual amounts of each scholarship are proprietary,” said William Rivenbark, president of the GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund. “I can
say, however, that the Florida Tech students were awarded the highest amounts among the 14 scholars and that Ryan is a second-time recipient. The Florida
Tech applicants are consistently excellent candidates for the award.”
The GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship is available to aviation majors who have completed at least 20 hours of flight training and who are pursuing a
career in the South Florida aviation industry. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and aviation achievement, leadership and financial need.
The scholarship is named for the late George Batchelor. Through a significant contribution made by Batchelor in 1994 and by the Batchelor Family and
Foundation in 2003, the fund has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships. Batchelor was a renowned aviation pioneer and philanthropist in South Florida.
The Florida Tech College of Aeronautics offers seven bachelor’s degrees. It also offers a master’s degree in aviation
with options in airport development and management, and applied aviation safety; and a master’s degree in aviation human factors.