During a March 26 visit to the Daytona Beach Campus, Mike Allen, vice president of sales and marketing and a pilot for Shell Aviation distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels Inc., renewed and increased support for the Eastern Aviation Fuels Inc./ Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) Gary Steele Memorial Scholarship.
Gary Steele, a longtime FABA supporter, passed away in 2012 at the age of 69. Steele served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era and was the airport manager for Charlotte County Airport Authority in Punta Gorda, Florida.
“Gary Steele wanted to encourage young people to get into the aviation industry and so did we,” said Allen. “Gary thought a lot of Embry-Riddle and we can think of no better university to work with in aviation.”
The scholarship amount has been increased to $12,000 over three years for two students at the Daytona Beach Campus. The students will include one male and one female student who are studying in the College of Aviation or the College of Business. The original scholarship supported just one student.
“We’re very grateful for the continuing support of Eastern Aviation Fuels,” said Chris Lambert, the university’s senior executive director of development. “Their guidance and financial assistance means so much to our students, helping them progress in their studies with valuable industry contacts.”
Costas Sivyllis, a 2012 graduate who is now a first officer with United Airlines, was the first recipient of the scholarship.
Gary Steele wanted to encourage young people to get into the aviation industry and so did we.”
“The scholarship not only enabled me to continue attending Embry-Riddle, but consequently was the key in being able to complete my degree and pursue my dreams,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for this scholarship.”
Another recipient, Yann Bosch, who is a 2014 graduate currently interning with United Airlines, agreed.
“I was allowed to focus more on academics than on finances, thanks to the scholarship,” Bosch said. “The FABA conference was my first introduction to business aviation and ultimately led me to internships with the corporate flight departments of Procter & Gamble and United Technologies Corp.”
Allen, along with other industry leaders, also was a panel speaker at the university’s National Business Aviation Association Official Student Group business aviation event during his visit to campus.
Melanie Stawicki Azam
Development & Alumni Relations