WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2006 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has named Karrie E. Shank as this year’s Dr. Harold S. Wood Scholarship recipient. Shank is a senior at Ohio University in Albany, Ohio. “GAMA is proud to award this scholarship to such a deserving student. Karrie has demonstrated her desire to excel through her tremendous academic record and achievements,” said GAMA President and CEO, Pete Bunce. “Karrie’s passion for aviation is clearly evident, as is her desire to selflessly pass that love along to others by serving as a mentor for young people."
The award is named in honor of Dr. Harold S. Wood, founder and past executive director of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Given annually, the honor recognizes a top student enrolled in a NIFA member school that demonstrates academic excellence, promotes aviation on and off campus, and is an active participant in activities and community service outside of aviation.
Karrie was introduced to flight through an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles flight in 2001. Not only did that prompt her to pursue her private pilot certificate, but she also started volunteering with the program. Karrie has escalated her involvement with Young Eagles to a national level and plans to continue her volunteer efforts after she graduates.
Karrie has been enrolled in the aviation program at Ohio University since 2002 and has managed to carry an impressive 3.6 GPA. Additionally, she has obtained her commercial license as well as her flight instructor certificate. Karrie is a member of the Ohio University Flight Team and has served as the team’s safety officer for the past three years. She is also active in the university’s chapter of Women in Aviation, International.
After completing her degree, Karrie plans to continue her education by obtaining her airframe and powerplant certificate. She is also interested in using her flight experience as a pilot for a corporate flight department.