Aviation student awarded international helicopter scholarship

Published 03.22.2022

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Engineering Technologies

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was among only seven selected worldwide to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International's Technical Committee.

Kevin Pradel, a senior in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, was awarded a second-place scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Pradel, of Belleville, New Jersey, will attend the Leonardo AW139 helicopter factory school in Philadelphia.

Kevin Pradel, of Belleville, N.J., a senior at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is one of seven students worldwide to receive an aviation maintenance technology scholarship from Helicopter Association International. (Photo by William F. Stepp III, associate professor of aviation)During the college's recent spring break, Pradel and junior Shiv Patel, of Union, New Jersey, a junior in the same baccalaureate major, attended the HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The event is the world’s largest vertical aviation conference and trade show, attracting more than 13,000 attendees from 72 countries and nearly 600 exhibitors this year.

Pradel joins a distinguished list of Penn College students honored by HAI over the past 18 years; the total amount of association scholarships awarded to those students exceeds $200,000.

Penn College offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology, an associate degree in aviation technology and an aviation maintenance technician certificate. For more information, visit the School of Engineering Technologies, send email or call 570-327-4520.

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