Monday, June 15, 2015 – Three students have been awarded FRASCA International Aviation Scholarships to continue fall semester studies at the Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois.
The Parkland College Foundation recently announced that Fran Tao of Champaign (pictured left, in a FRASCA simulator), Hui Wang of Champaign, and Zachary Brewer of Louisville, Kentucky, received the $1,000 awards from FRASCA International Inc. at the end of the spring semester. Parkland’s program trains these students to earn a transferable AAS in Aviation degree, private pilot certification, and commercial pilot ratings. The program features fully certified faculty members and computer-based flight simulators, including a Piper Warrior Flight Training Device (FTD) also donated by FRASCA International last fall.
“FRASCA International is pleased to support the aviation program at Parkland College through scholarship funding and by providing a flight simulator,” said Peggy Prichard, marketing manager for FRASCA International. “As a supplier of simulators to flight schools around the world, FRASCA is committed to providing expertise to add to the success of Parkland’s aviation program.
“The opportunities for aviation careers are growing as the demand for airline pilots increases. With the addition of the aviation program, Parkland is equipped to provide an excellent start to a career as a professional pilot.”
Parkland Foundation Interim Executive Director Ellen Schmidt said the school’s aviation institute, which it took over from the University of Illinois in fall 2014, benefits greatly from committed area donors such as FRASCA to remain operational and current.v
“The FRASCA family has a long history of supporting Parkland College,” Schmidt said. “This generous contribution to the Aviation program by providing scholarships and technology enables the program to continue to develop and grow.”