Recipients Reflect on Opportunity and Benefits of Scholarship
Stan Younger, the Vice President of the Western Region Division for Constant Aviation, recently pledged to provide $30,000 in scholarships to graduates of Hallmark University’s Airframe & Powerplant program over the next ten years. The award supports recipients in the early stages of their new careers by providing funding for future testing vouchers or sets of tools as they begin in their new field. During Hallmark University’s 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony, the recipients of this year’s award were formally announced as they crossed the stage.
Jennifer Baird and Reed Johnson both graduated from Hallmark University’s College of Aeronautics and were chosen as this year’s recipients for the Bright Lights Award. Both recipients were selected after a review and consideration of their academic standing, attendance records, and a review of the seven character traits Hallmark University develops in every student.
“This is a very nice opportunity for student’s graduating from the program,” said Jennifer Baird, recipient of the Bright Lights Award. “I’m glad that Mr. Younger is continuing his support of the program. I’ve always liked aviation, and I’ve been doing this most of my life, so being supported by this is great.”
Jennifer joined the College of Aeronautics after hearing about Hallmark’s mission to change lives and felt that it was time to do something different. Jennifer decided to follow a career path that interested her more than the suggested routes her family recommended. Eighteen months after joining the Airframe and Powerplant program, Jennifer was chosen to represent the College of Aeronautics as a featured speaker during the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
“I was humbled to hear I’d made an impression on the teachers that they would recommend me for this,” said Reed Johnson, recipient of the Bright Lights Award. “It’s amazing that someone has committed to providing this scholarship for the next ten years, and I wish more people in the industry would reach out in this nature. Sometimes it can be stressful for people getting their foot in the door, so having this is very helpful and meaningful.”
Reed has worked in aviation for seven years primarily through the military but has had an interest in the field since he was a young child. His time and experience at Hallmark University supplied him with the knowledge and expertise needed to pass exams for his certifications, helping him secure a position as a certified aircraft technician specializing in engine overhaul.
The Younger family understand the need for skilled aircraft technicians in today’s modern world and are proud to support Hallmark University’s graduates as they begin their new careers in aviation. Recipients of the award are also eligible to a $7,500 scholarship from Hallmark University to apply towards their Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degree should they choose to pursue it after graduation. Together these resources provide great opportunities to any student who passes through the College of Aeronautics as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.