Scholarship Recipients 2014–2015
Congratulations to our 2014/2015 Scholarship Award recipients. All of the biographies and recommendation letters were very inspiring.
Nicolle Bates from Colorado and is a senior at Colorado School of Mines pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. At a young age, her parents encouraged her to attain technical or engineering expertise due to her love for math and science.
Ms. Bates is active in her church community and is passionate about volunteering, presenting a positive role model when assisting with events. She received a 3rd degree Black Belt in 2013. Nicolle’s goals are to complete her education, so that she can make a difference, continue a life of excellence, honor, ethics and leadership, and provide mentoring to girls and women to be strong and confident in their technical abilities.
Bianca Clement is from Maryland and is a sophomore at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ pursuing a private pilot’s license through the Aviation Technology program. Bianca has a strong passion for Aviation Science and flight. She credits her mother for encouraging her to “research her interests to satisfy her curiosity and pursue them if she was still interested on the other side of the evaluation”.
Ms. Clement speaks several languages including sign language. Her ultimate goal is to give back by using her flying skills as a pilot for her country while utilizing her language skills for interpretation/translation. She also has a strong desire to lend her flying skills to the Angel Flight program. Bianca uses her knowledge of aviation as a tool to inspire young girls by finding creative ways to increase aviation awareness.
DeKiyra Love is from Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology this year from Purdue University located in Lafayette, IN and is continuing on to pursue her Master of Science degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management. Dekiyra mentors young women on campus, is passionate about female student retention, and is involved in several campus/community activities. She is also a flight instructor in the campus aviation program. She majored in Professional Flight Technology with a triple minor in Japanese, Asian Studies and Organizational Leadership/Supervision.
In March 2012, she was selected as one of 215 students to participate in the Japan Study program sponsored by the Japanese Government. Also, in July of 2012, she studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan, where she immersed herself in the Japanese culture. Ms. Love intends to take both her degrees with her Asian studies experience and enter the aviation industry on an international level.