The Annual AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Engineering Scholarships have been awarded since 2002. The scholarships are intended to promote careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue related engineering or science degrees. Scholarship information and applications are available early-to-mid-Spring, and applications are due by April 30. To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior living within the Greater Huntsville Section area, entering an accredited university in the Greater Huntsville Section area, and pursuing an engineering or science degree that would reasonably lead to a career in aeronautics or astronautics. The scholarships have been funded by contributions and by the proceeds of seminars and symposia that the Section has sponsored or cosponsored, and an endowment has been established to aid in supporting these scholarships.
Robert L. Sackheim Engineering & Science Scholarship
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Chairman MAJ Alex Jehle presenting a certificate to 2019 Sackheim Scholarship recipient Mr. Ryan Dunn
This $1000 scholarship is given in memory of Bob Sackheim, an industry giant and a former AIAA Greater Huntsville Section Chair. The Sackheim Scholarship promotes careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue a related engineering or science degree. The 2019 Sackheim Scholarship was awarded to Mr. Ryan Dunn.
Mr. Dunn is a graduating Senior from James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. While working a part-time job he maintained a 4.3 GPA and is in the top 1/5th of his graduating class. He is a four year member and two year Team Lead of the GreenpowerUSA racing team at his high school. He is a four year member of the StellarXplorers team and in the 2018-2019 season, they competed against 215 other teams and were crowned National Champions. He plans on attending the University of Alabama-Huntsville beginning this fall where he will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Michael L. Tinker Engineering & Science Scholarship
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(Left to right) Chairman MAJ Alex Jehle, Mrs. Regina Tinker, Tinker Scholarship recipient Ms. Vanderslice, Mr. Nathan Tinker, and Ms. Jodie Tinker
This $2000 scholarship, named for the late MSFC Chief Technology Officer and Section member Mike Tinker, promotes careers in the aerospace industry by encouraging students to pursue a related engineering or science degree. The 2019 Tinker Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Abigail Vanderslice.
Ms. Vanderslice is a student from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama. She is involved in a number of activities and honor societies, including the Bob Jones Student Government Association, Beta Club, Bob Jones Patriot Singers, the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, and Social Studies Honor Society. She also is a volunteer with the City of Huntsville Constitution Village and Historic Depot. Abigail will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall and majoring in chemical and biological engineering while concurrently pursuing a STEM Master in Business. She is a recipient of the University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, Engineering Honor Scholarship, and Alumni Scholar Award.