Meet the 2007/2008 Scholarship Recipients

Jared Alan Carey

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Jared Carey is a sophomore at Mt. St. Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California.

Carey first flew solo in June 2004 with 15 hours flight time at the young age of 16. He obtained his Private Pilot certificate at the age of 17 in January 2006 and went on to receive his instrument rating in March 2007 and Commercial Pilot certificate in October 2007.

In addition to the above, Carey participated on the Mt. SAC flying team 2006-2007 Regionals placing 7th in simulator, 6th in power off landings, 6th in navigation National Safecon Events: IFR, Power off/power on landings, navigation, simulator, and CRM.

He will also participate on the 2007-2008 Mt. SACc flying team where we will be competing in Prescott, Arizona in February 2008.

Carey has his multi engine instrument and commercial check rides scheduled for November 26th, 2007 at the age of 19 and was recently recognized in the Daily Bulletin, Chino Champion News and the La Verne magazine.

As far as Carey’s future goals, he plans to take his certified flight instructor check ride by May 2008 and in less than two years hopes to start the interview process with regional airlines and corporate aviation after he receives is Associate’s degree in Commercial Flight and Aviation Science from Mt. SAC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. He intends to use his scholarship money towards tuition costs at both schools.

Heather Heidinger

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Heather Heidinger is a senior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and will receive her Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight/Management in May 2008.  She has been on the Deans List from 2005-2007 and currently holds a grade point average of 3.71/4.0.

Heidinger received her Private Pilot Certificate SEL (Single Engine Land) in December 2006.  Her work experience since 2006 has included Camp Counselor for the SIU Aviation Flight Summer Wings Camp and she currently assists in the SIU Aviation Management and Flight Office.

Professional development is an ongoing pursuit for Heidinger.  She has been involved with the following organizations and endeavors:

  • Aviation Management Society – Merchandise Coordinator (Fall 2005-present)
  • Aviation Ambassador (Summer 2007-present)
  • Women in Aviation – Currently Vice President (Fall 2005-present)
  • Aviation Career Days (Multiple semesters)
  • “Lets Wing It” Program which encourages young girls to become involved with math and science (Spring 2006-present)

Heidinger’s career plans are to obtain a job as a pilot with an airline and eventually work for a company that does commercial space flight and/or work for a missionary aviation organization.  To that end she will complete her instrument rating, commercial and multi engine certification.