Four MDC aviation students receive GMAA scholarships

Four MDC aviation students receive GMAA scholarships

Pictured (l-r) are scholarship recipients Leandro Gomez, Richard Martinez, Maxine Rodriguez and Andres Vergel.

Students at the renowned Eig-Watson School of Aviation at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus continue to reap accolades.

During a recent ceremony at Miami Springs Country Club, the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) awarded four MDC students scholarships worth $6,000 each. This recognition places MDC among the top Florida aviation schools in terms of the number of students who received this honor. In addition, two MDC aviation graduates also were recipients.

This year’s winners are currently working toward Associate in Science degrees at the Homestead Campus. They are:

Leandro Gomez, Professional Pilot Technology; Richard Martinez, Professional Pilot Technology; Maxine Rodriguez, Professional Pilot Technology, and Andres Vergel, Aviation Administration.

Fostering professionalism in aviation, the GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to qualified aviation students pursuing a career in the South Florida aviation industry. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and aviation achievement, leadership and financial need. Ten to 12 scholarships worth up to $6,000 are awarded each year to qualified Florida college students majoring in aviation and aviation-related programs.

The GMAA-Batchelor Aviation Scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of George Batchelor, a longstanding leader in aviation and former pilot. It provides support to students who have proven their commitment to a profession in aviation. By relieving some of the costs associated with aviation studies, the scholarships allow students to expand their training.

For more information about MDC’s Eig-Watson School of Aviation, visit

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