TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - FedEx is helping some local aviation students’ dreams take flight. That's with Purple Runway Aviation Scholarships.
$2.5 million dollars total is being split between six college and universities. One of them is Indiana State University. The school has a thriving Aviation Program.
News 10 caught up with scholarship recipient, ISU Sophomore Jordan Ripperdan. He shared why he chose the aviation field. "I came about it through a career exploration class and I just never really wanted to do anything else since. It just seemed like a great opportunity and I know that a pilot shortage is coming up so hopefully I get in at the right time, but just the love of flying and the feeling that it gives you is just incomparable to anything else."
Senior recipient Levi Nolan adds he's also excited about entering the workforce. He says that's due to a great need for pilots. He shares, "The pilot shortage is a major driving force for how we recruit some of our students for Indiana State. People see that there's opportunity for jobs that's unprecedented."
Twenty $5,000 dollar scholarships were given out at ISU Wednesday. Those students are:
- Kyler Pearson of Crawfordsville
- Joseph Hutzel of Lafayette
- Michael Morel of Warsaw
- Collin Grayless of Terre Haute
- Madeline Hooks of Warsaw
- Brant Lennox of Plainfield
- Lyle Jefson of Shelbyville
- Andra Woodward of Mooresville
- Daniel Denison of Georgetown
- Nicholas Jobbe of West Lafayette
- Konner Campbell of Terre Haute
- Nia Spiller of Louisville, Ky.
- Levi Nolan of Terre Haute
- Sean Harris of Floyds Knobs
- Sara Stumpf of Marshall, Ind.
- John Lawless of Indianapolis
- Adrian Melendez of Portage
- Sean Dawson of Humboldt, Ill.
- Jordan Ripperdan of Corydon
- Rachel Malone of New Albany