Airbus recognises four at 20th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference

This year's Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia provided Airbus the opportunity to honour two aviation students with $5,000 Airbus Leadership grants and award A320 type rating scholarships to two female pilots.

15 April 2009 Feature story

Airbus presented a pair of A320 type rating scholarships and two Airbus Leadership Grants to four recipients at this year's Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.



Bangladeshi national Lulu A. Ferdous and Ghanaian student Alfred Adjokatcher received $5,000 grants, while American pilots Mary Clair Allen and Michele Lynn McVenes were recognised with the scholarships.



The awards - presented by Airbus since 1997 - assist recipients in their pursuit of education and training in the aeronautics field, as well as demonstrate the company's commitment to enhancing diversity in the industry.



Ferdous currently is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aviation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and hopes to return to Bangladesh to open an aviation school for women.



Adjokatcher holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana and currently is working towards his Masters in Aviation Science at Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida. He also hopes to return to his home country one day to help advance safe and efficient aviation there.



Allen flew solo at age 16, acquired an aviation degree from Ohio State University, then became a flight instructor and later a pilot for Mesa Airlines and DuPont Aviation.



McVenes holds a Bachelor of Aviation Administration from the University of North Dakota and has been a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard as well as an aerial photographer. She currently is a captain with Mesaba Airlines.