"As a student I benefited from the experience of attending student conferences as well as being the recipient of an undergraduate and graduate scholarship. The knowledge and support I gained from AIAA was invaluable in my current job. As a professional, I like to give back to the foundation so up and coming students in K-12 and universities can have the same experience I had or better."
"As an educator, AIAA has been an amazing resource for professional development workshops and grants to enrich my classroom curriculum. My students have launched rockets hundreds of feet into the air and soldered circuit boards for the underwater remotely operated vehicles. My hope is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and AIAA helps me to provide those meaningful experiences in the classroom."
"I give to help young people realize what they can accomplish in aerospace."
"Generous investments in my education, such as my AIAA Foundation scholarship, were a huge support in making my ultimate goal an achievable reality. Being an active participant in AIAA throughout my college career has played an extremely significant part in defining my career. For the rest of my life, I will remember the value and role that AIAA has played in my growth and development as an engineering professional."
"The AIAA National Student Conference Awards are well regarded and I believe helped me get into the Ph.D. program at Stanford University. But even if I had not won, the self-motivation, organization, planning and execution that I practiced in doing the project on which my AIAA award was based have helped me succeed in life generally. Technical sufficiency is a given in all the projects that competed for the award, but public speaking, clarity of communication, and translation of a potentially esoteric technical subject into terms that a broader audience might find compelling are aspects of winning the award that have greatly helped me in later life. I am truly grateful for that experience."
"I value its mission and AIAA has been instrumental in every aspect of my career advancements."
"By awarding me the AIAA Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship, I am able to concentrate on what is important to me, my education and future goals. Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to fulfilling my goals. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as you are helping me! "
"I wanted to express my appreciation for the STEM K-12 micro-lessons you have made available to the AIAA membership via the AIAA Foundation. This morning I spent about 20 minutes teaching my son’s second grade class about space. I combined elements from micro-lessons 2, 3, and 8. The 2nd grade teacher had asked parents to volunteer to talk to the class about how we use math and science in our jobs. I eagerly volunteered and drew on the impressive micro-lessons your committee has developed. The children enjoyed the content and the videos that I shared from the micro-lessons. Keep up the great work."
"I would like to express my gratitude for having been selected as a recipient of the AIAA Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. As you are aware, the cost of a college education is quite significant and this generous award will serve as a relief on this financial burden."
"It’s important for the aerospace industry to reach out directly to young students. It’s important for students to hear directly from those who never stop asking questions and looking for answers."
"Generous investments in my education, such as this scholarship from the AIAA Foundation, are a huge support in making my ultimate goal an achievable reality. Being an active participant in AIAA throughout my college career has played an extremely significant part in defining my career. For the rest of my life, I will remember and value the role that AIAA has played in my growth and development as an engineer and a professional."
"I support early childhood education, as the next generation is the future of the aerospace industry."
"I want to support the next generation in the aerospace profession that has been my passion."
"AIAA has been a central part of my career development since 1977 and the AIAA Foundation activities can have positive impact on future and young AIAA members."
"Erin Tesny is currently a senior at Cleveland State University studying Mechanical Engineering. She is an active member of CSU's student chapter of AIAA and currently serves as Chapter President. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi. This past summer she held an internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center working on power systems for the International Space Station. After graduation she hopes to work full time for NASA in space power and propulsion."
"Andrew Orme is a Mechanical Engineering student at Brigham Young University where he enjoys designing and building RC airplanes in his free time. As chairman of the student branch of AIAA at BYU, he provides service and learning opportunities for students interested in aerospace at BYU and in the surrounding community. He currently works with graduate students conducting microstructure characterization research and focuses on a project aimed at increasing the use of magnesium in transportation applications. He appreciates the support and mentorship he's received from AIAA while pursuing his interests in aerospace."
"I am honored and grateful for the investment of AIAA in my education. As a result, I am able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a career in engineering research."
"My college has given me the chance to grow, so much so that I am recognized internationally by an organization as huge as AIAA. Being a member of AIAA has benefited me through their educational events like conferences and design competitions which have allowed me to refine my passion for building aircraft. Their financial generosity has encouraged me to keep pursuing difficult endeavors to achieve my goals of someday being an inventor and designer in the aerospace world. "
"AIAA will match individual and corporate donations up to $2 million dollars (of unrestricted funds) — doubling your impact."
Middle school students experiencing the F-35 simulator at Generation STEM, January 2017 in Dallas, Texas.