Meet the 2008/2009 Scholarship Recipients

Darren Louis Carr

Darren Carr

Darren Carr is a sophomore at Mt. St. Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California.  He will complete the two year commercial flight program in 2009 and then hopes to transfer to the Bachelor’s degree program in Aviation Management that is offered at Mt. SAC through Southern Illinois University.  

Carr has received his student pilot certificate and is currently working on his private pilot certification at Brackett Field in LaVerne, Calif. He’s already completed 44.3 hours of flight time.

Within the next five years, Carr would like to complete his multi-engine training and certification and hopes to work for a small regional carrier such as Ameriflight.  He’s pictured above standing next to his dream airplane the Beech 18.

Carr was a member of the 2007-2008 Mt. SAC Flying Team and hopes to be chosen again for the 2008/2009 season.  He found the experience to be “thoroughly enjoyable as well as a wonderful and useful experience that will surely come in handy later in my career.”

Besides choosing aviation as a career path, Carr enjoys flying as a hobby as well.  He’s also an avid reader with special interest in Geology, Gemology, Tennis and Photography.

Carr wrote the UAHF the following note in appreciation of receiving the scholarship award.  “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  This award was really just what I needed at just the right time and I cannot express with words how much this means.”


Andrew A. Ross

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is a senior at Southern Illinois University (SIUC) in Carbondale, Illinois.  He will receive his Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management in Spring 2009. 

Ross received his private pilot’s license in 2005, instrument rating in 2006, commercial pilot license and multi-engine rating in 2007.  In June 2008 he became a certified flight instructor and currently serves as a staff flight instructor with SIUC’s Aviation Flight Department. 

A member of the university’s Flying Salukis since 2005, Ross was voted the “Most Valuable Team Member” in May 2008 and serves as the 2008-2009 co-captain of the team for his outstanding leadership and pilot skills.   

Ross is currently a student in one of SIUC’s most advanced flight courses that allow him to fly the school’s Cessna 421 and Cessna 340 aircraft on active air transportation trips for SIUC.

Post graduation Ross hopes to pursue a flight oriented internship while building flight time.  His long term goal is to work in a corporate flight environment.

A few of Ross’ outside interests include scuba diving, drumming, skeet shooting, building design and video gaming.