AIRPORT AWARDS AREA STUDENTS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Hanover Township– To help students and their parents ease the transition from high school to college, five area college-bound high school graduates are the recipients of an annual scholarship, courtesy of DM AIRPORTS, LTD (DM)., operators of Morristown Municipal Airport. In its thirteenth year, the airport management-sponsored program awards each student a one-time $1,000 scholarship that may be used for tuition, books or other eligible fees associated with college attendance. To date, DM has awarded over $235,000 in scholarships under this program.
Airport Director Bill Barkhauer stated, “Awarding the annual scholarships is a gratifying way in which the airport recognizes the achievements of the students and allows us to meet our commitment to the community as a corporate neighbor. We’re continually impressed with the caliber of the students who receive the scholarships.”
Airport management structured the criteria for the award of the scholarships to students who reflect the same qualities of the college graduates they seek when hiring. “Awards are based on the overall achievements and activities of the student—we want to emphasize that grade point average is only part of the criteria,” Barkhauer explained. “Good grades are important, but so is the student’s involvement in extra-curricular activities within the school and community, as well as work experience. That philosophy mirrors our hiring practice at the airport, where we look for recent college graduates who not only did well in their college studies in aviation management, but who also exhibit a successful work history and a record of community involvement. We’ve found that this type of well-rounded individual serves the airport and its’ tenants best.”
DM AIRPORTS, LTD., the private company that operates Morristown Municipal Airport, funds the grant program and defined the selection criteria. Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based Scholarship Managers, a division of Career Opportunities Through Education, Inc. administers the program by receiving and evaluating individual applications, and selecting the actual scholarship recipients.
This year’s scholarship recipients are:
MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL: Nayna Shah (University of Miami)
Matthew Ahlmeyer (Bentley College)
WHIPPANY PARK HIGH SCHOOL: Deanna Noble (University of Virginia – Charlottesville)
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL: John Rutland (Wake Forest University)
HANOVER PARK HIGH SCHOOL: Liana Ilutzi (MIT)