Alberta Aviation Council is very proud of the 2008 Aviation Scholarship recipients. At the Annual General Meeting held in Calgary on November 24, 2008 Aviation Alberta awarded six flying scholarships and three AME training scholarships. 

The students who received the scholarships were from Mount Royal College, SAIT and NAIT. The total cash value of the scholarships awarded was $24,000.

Flying Scholarships- Six In total

Mr. Cody Berry (2nd Year Student enrolled at Mount Royal College in the Commercial Aviation Program - Graduating in 2009. Past involvement with air cadets (24 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Sq. Red Deer) and is currently Pres. Of the Aviation Student Society at MRC. Recipient of Air Cadet Power Scholarship

Mr. Travis Burrows (2nd year student enrolled at MRC/Aviation Diploma Program) Received 129/134 on Commercial Flt. Test 88% on commercial written (highest marks for 2nd year student at MRC.

Mr. Brandon Jansonius (2nd year student enrolled at MRC Aviation Diploma program) Received 124/134 on commercial flight test and 84% on the written. Represented Alberta as a Webster Memorial Trophy Finalist. Recipient of the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship or Academic Achievement.

Mr. Adrian Serban (1st. year student enrolled in the Aviation Diploma Program at MRC) Immigrated from Romania to Canada in 2005. Excelled in High School academics. Exceptional dedication to his pursuit of becoming a professional pilot expending all personal resources and life savings to achieve this goal.

Ms. Nicole Stacey (2nd year student enrolled in Aviation Diploma program at MRC) Born in Inuvik Nicole's Aviation passion began in the North following in her fathers footsteps (who was a bush pilot flying Twin Otters) Worked with the militia and military full time for a year to complete her private license prerequisite to enter MRC program. To support her financial needs she continues to work part time for the military and North Cariboo Flying Services to offset the cost of her training at MRC. Has been nominated for Bob Kirkman and Cal Browne Memorial Scholarships

Mr. Gavin Stuart (1st year student enrolled at MRC in the Aviation Diploma program) Originally from Edmonton his enthusiasm for flying began at a early age as his father worked on the ramp in Edmonton for Air Canada. "Every time I watched a 767 rotate right in front of my face I knew the left seat of a big jet was where I wanted to spend the rest of my life". "Many hours on the ramp have been spent sitting up front in overnight aircraft flipping through manuals, trying to see whats familiar".This is the type of enthusiasm and commitment deserving of financial support to realize the long term goals of the young people in aviation. Gavin has also received an "Entrance Award fromMt. Royal College.

AVIATION ALBERTA 2008 AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering ( 3 in total)

Mr. Justin Jansonius (1st year student enrolled in the Diploma AME program at SAIT)ThisScholarship will allow Justin to purchase tools and support the cost of his tuition. Yes the name isfamiliar and he is the brother of Brandon Jansonius who is a recipient of our flying scholarship.Aviation certainly runs in this families blood.

Mr. Ryan Sears (2nd year student enrolled in theStructure Technician program at NAIT Patricia Campus in Edmonton) Ryan' family has a long aviation history and his grand father was an airport manager and father & uncles having aviation backgrounds. Ryan transitioned from automotive technician studies to obtain a career in aviation. His aspiration is obtain his "S" license and a M1 oM2 license as well. He is a member of CAMC and has a long list of community service through volunteering with numerous organizations. He hopes to become a volunteer with the Reynolds Alberta museum and participate in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic aircraft.

Mr. Michael Swartz (2nd year student enrolled in the Aircraft Skin & Structures Program at the NAITPatricia campus in Edmonton). Michael is another industry "cross over" technician. He obtained a solid 95% average throughout his high school years and was aspiring to a career in automotive technologies. He decided instead to pursue a career in aviation. He has received the TJ Kellyaward in grade 12 for the "highest marks"maintained in Mechanics and has also received the Beverly Optimists award in 2001. Michael would also like to volunteer his time at the Alberta Aviation Museum in supporting the historic aircraft restoration program.