Air Museum creates memorial scholarship for former student – PCToday


The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has established a scholarship in honor of the late Brenda E. Saylor, a 1996 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Saylor, who died in May, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in aviation technology, earning her certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) from the Federal Aviation Administration at the age of 46. She had become a licensed pilot in 1991, and for 29 years owned a 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, which was a primary World War II training aircraft.

Penn College alumnus Brenda E. Saylor, for whom a memorial scholarship was established by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, is pictured in the cockpit of her 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane. (Photo courtesy of Russell A. Strine.)

After graduating, Saylor, originally from New Park, York County, volunteered at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, where she will gain valuable experience. In 1998, the museum hired her to be its senior aircraft mechanic and restoration specialist, a position she held until her death earlier this year.

Feeling a great loss, the museum wanted to do something to make a lasting tribute to Saylor, said museum president Russell A. Strine. Penn College being one of Saylor’s passions, the museum contacted the college to create a scholarship in his honor.

“I first met Brenda when she came to volunteer at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in April 1997, a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport as an aircraft mechanic,” Strine said. “During the first few days, I realized that Brenda had something special and quickly invited her to be the museum’s main aircraft mechanic.”

“We are grateful to Russell Strine and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum for their thoughtful support, and we are pleased to award this scholarship to students as a special way to honor Brenda’s memory on our campus,” said Loni N Kline, Vice President. for College Relations/Director of Philanthropy.

Preference for the Brenda E. Saylor AMT Memorial Scholarship will be given to incoming female students who have home residence in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, or York counties – with preference given to students from York and Berks counties – and who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology program. A male student can receive the scholarship if there are no eligible female students in a given year.

The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

To learn more about giving opportunities at Penn College, visit College Relations or call 570-320-8020.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. For more information, email the admissions office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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