ATP has been a proud supporter of the global general aviation industry for over 45 years, with technology and services that promote safety and quality for maintenance operations. To continue our support and commitment to the aviation maintenance industry, we have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses, with passion and drive to work in general aviation.
All applicants were evaluated based on academic performance, personal accomplishments, involvement in the general aviation community, future career aspirations, and enthusiasm for general aviation. The recipient chosen for the scholarship was Kathryn Brenner, a woman who has desired an aviation career since the age of three.
Kathryn was originally set on being a pilot, but her plans soon changed after she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11. However, her diagnosis did not stop her dream of working in aviation as she has attained ample aerospace experience and achievements. Her involvement and achievements within the aerospace industry, as well as advice from role models, ultimately led her to change her future career goals to aviation maintenance.
In the summer of 2017, she became a licensed pilot through an organization called Able Flight. Additionally, she has started to pursue an aviation business management major through LeTourneau University, while working towards her A&P. Although aviation maintenance was not her original ideal career, she believes that it is a good fit and has always been the right career for her. While progressing her education, she has worked as a 4H Rocketry Superintendent sparking aviation interest in youth by teaching aerospace connections in education.
Women have been involved in aviation since the beginning, sometimes unseen or unaccredited for their involvement. The number of women in the aviation industry has increased over the years but the numbers are still very small. Today, licensed pilots are made up of about 7% women, and general aviation jobs are made up of about 29% women. As the aviation industry expands globally, women play a critical role in how effectively aviation meets challenges that come along with it.
Kathryn is a positive role model and good representative of women in aviation. Through her achievements and involvement within the aerospace industry, she is helping remove barriers to women’s participation, while advancing her own knowledge and skills within the aviation industry.
Kathryn’s deep love and passion for aviation is contagious, and she plays a key role in an exciting future for women in aviation. She is an admirable role model for girls and women representing confidence to achieve their dreams and creating a positive image of women in aviation.
In the wise words of Nancy Batson Crews, “an airplane doesn’t know the difference between a man or a woman.”
This scholarship will be presented on March, 22nd 2018 in Reno, Nevada at the International Women in Aviation Conference (WAI conference).