“The students coming through Embry-Riddle are the future of our industry.”
Representatives of HAECO Americas have pledged $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship benefiting aerospace engineering and aviation maintenance science students at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
“It’s a great opportunity to get our company’s name out to Embry-Riddle students globally,” said Jim Sokol (’83, DB), president of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services at HAECO Americas, during an Oct. 13 visit to the university. “The students coming through Embry-Riddle are the future of our industry.”
“It provides an opportunity to start a relationship and a talent pipeline for HAECO,” added Andy Halsey, senior vice president of human resources at HAECO Americas.
HAECO Americas, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., provides aircraft MRO services and manufactured products to commercial, government and private aerospace customers. HAECO Americas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the HAECO Group, which is based in Hong Kong and is one of the largest global providers of MRO services, interiors products and engineering services.
“Embry-Riddle appreciates HAECO Americas’ generous support,” said university Interim President John R. Watret. “Their commitment to invest in Embry-Riddle speaks to the outstanding quality of our students.”
The HAECO Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time, undergraduate student at the Daytona Beach Campus who is majoring in aerospace engineering or aviation maintenance/aviation maintenance science. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship is available to both domestic and international students.
This is not the first time that Sokol has supported scholarships for Embry-Riddle students. In 2011, when he was vice president of maintenance operations at Southwest Airlines, he helped establish a $50,000 endowed scholarship from Southwest for undergraduate engineering students.
“Jim is an outstanding example of an alumnus who truly cares for the next generation of Embry-Riddle students and goes above and beyond to support them,” said Christopher J. Lambert, senior executive director of development at Embry-Riddle. “We are grateful for his commitment and support of his alma mater.”
Sokol, who earned certificates in Aircraft Maintenance Technology and Airframe and Powerplant from Embry-Riddle, has more than 33 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance industry.
“Embry-Riddle is recognized as the number one leader in the industry, and I’m proud of that,” he said.
Melanie Stawicki Azam