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Greetings,

In this month’s Scholarship Corner article, we will continue to provide some more information on our 2024 scholarship recipients. It’s important that you hear from them directly, so I have asked each of them to provide a brief overview of themselves and their aviation career goals in their own words.

2024 march scholarship program max chinnah

Max Chinnah

As an active member of the Army National Guard, Max assists in providing resources for ground and aerial missions for his aviation unit. After graduating CGCC/UND with his degree and certifications, Max plans to work as a Flight Instructor to help budding flight students and give back to the aviation community. Instructing while building time will also enable Max hone his flying skills. This scholarship will not only help Max in his journey to graduate and become a safe and proficient Commercial Pilot to provide for his family, but it will also afford him the opportunity to pay it forward and help other folks that may be talented and smart yet lack access to opportunities.

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Cintia Cantor Navas

I am currently enrolled at Chandler Gilbert Community College completing flight training through the partnership the school has with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation in Phoenix. Although I'd like to keep an open mind as to where aviation could lead me, for now my career goals remain the same on progressing towards the airlines. This Spring 2024 semester I will be working towards CFI, Certified Flight Instructor. The APA scholarship will assist me this semester, for which I am so grateful since it brings me that much closer towards my goal. 

Cintia is a USMC veteran and two-time APA Scholarship recipient.

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Jaqueline Smale

Phoenix, Arizona is my home and where I became inspired to pursue aviation after attending OBAP's Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy in 2018. Despite facing many financial and emotional hardships coming from a low-income immigrant household, I was able to finally start my aviation journey this past July with Fly Goodyear as a first-generation pilot. Over these last few years, I've had unforgettable experiences and valuable lessons that influenced me to uphold a lifetime commitment to public safety and professional development. I am ecstatic to build my career with experience and opportunities that combine aviation with healthcare as a Fixed-Wing Air Ambulance Pilot or Aerial Firefighting Pilot. As I advance my career, I want to return as an active mentor, donor, and leader in the aviation community and focus on creating more Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academies for future generations.

Receiving the APA scholarship has supported my movement towards long-term professional goals in the airline industry and has made a significant impact on both my professional and personal life. My mother first came to Arizona as an immigrant, and she has worked tirelessly as a single mother of three to provide for my siblings and me. It is thanks to her amazing support that I can pursue my dreams in aviation and inspire my siblings. Living at home I have been working 40-80 hours a week, 12-hour night shifts, and overtime for the past 2.5 years to save money for flight school. Winning this scholarship has been a huge aid and motivating factor for my family and me. I will utilize this scholarship towards my knowledge exam and PPL check ride and continuously strive for academic achievement and excellence as a student pilot in training. 

We’ll wrap up our look at the 2024 scholarship recipients next month. Thank you again for your support in helping APA build the next generation of Arizona aviation professionals.

Chris

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