The South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) Awards

SAN MARTIN, CA—The South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) awarded three $1000 scholarships to three local students pursuing careers in aviation.

The winning candidates included Kathy Tran who is a student at San Jose State University majoring in Aviation Operations. She works part-time for Aerodynamic Aviation at Reid Hillview Airport, is on track to finish her private pilot training by the end of this summer and becoming a certified flight instructor. Kathy plans to pursue a career as an airline pilot.

Amanda Torres was also selected for a scholarship. She is a student at Gavilan Junior College majoring in Liberal Arts and taking flying lessons from Magnum Aviation at South County Airport. Amanda plans to get her aircraft mechanic license and looks forward to volunteering as a missionary pilot to fly supplies to those in need anywhere in the world.

And Serge Manikovski will use his $1000 scholarship to further his education at San Jose State University where he is majoring in Aviation Operations and Management. He is currently taking flying lessons and has a goal of becoming an airline pilot. Serge also serves as a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and works part time for Delta Airlines at San Jose International airport.

The three winners were selected by the members of SCAPA who based their selection on the applicants who demonstrated motivation, achievement and financial need toward their future in aviation. Candidates of any age currently in a flight training program or an aviation maintenance program in the San Benito and Santa Clara county areas were encouraged to apply.

The scholarship program is an annual event sponsored by the members of SCAPA.

The South County Airport Pilots Association is a non-profit organization involving pilots and aviation enthusiasts with the mission to preserve the South County Airport, improve community relations, and enhance flying safety. SCAPA also recently declared their volunteer Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) operational.

Editor’s Note: SCAPA is a CalPilots Chapter